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ALLNET SEEKS FCC SUPPORT IN SPEEDING 800 CONVERSION

 BINGHAM FARMS, Mich., Feb. 23 /PRNewswire/ -- Toll-free 800 numbers are becoming portable and Allnet Communication Services, Inc. is asking the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and 800 customers to help speed up the process.
 Allnet has filed an emergency petition for rulemaking with the FCC requiring long-distance carriers to meet a deadline of two business days to complete all work necessary to transfer 800 service from one carrier to another.
 "We have hard evidence as to how a customer's existing carrier, through negligence or intentional attempts to restrain trade, can seriously hurt both the customer and the newly chosen 800 carrier," said Greg Jones, senior vice president at Allnet.
 Control over toll-free 800 numbers, one of the last vestiges of monopoly in the telecommunications industry, will be swept aside May 1, 1993, when an FCC mandate takes effect allowing individual customers to control their 800 numbers. At the present time, carriers retain control of the numbers, forcing customers to stay with them or change their current 800 number, risking a loss of business in process.
 "We have seen how orders can be held up by a customer's current 800 carrier through extensive processing delays," said Jones. "A failure to devote necessary resources to processing conversion orders of its competitors seems to be a primary cause of the problem."
 "Delaying conversions of customers who choose to switch long- distance carriers impedes their right to use an 800 carrier of their choice, while also losing the right to pay lower, more competitive rates, a clear violation of federal regulations," said Jones.
 The petition also urged that a clear definition of the "end user subscriber" be adopted, giving control of the 800 number to the "end user" who pays for calls associated with that 800 number. "This definition takes control of the 800 number away from the middlemen like resellers and aggregators, and puts it into the hands of the customer, where it belongs," said Jones. "This emergency petition is made on behalf of individuals with 800 numbers who have, unwittingly, given up the control of their 800 numbers.
 To date, the commission has not adopted rules regarding the 800 subscription process.
 "Under the current FCC's rules, the behavior demonstrated here by AT&T will be tolerated in the 800 database environment after May 1, 1993," said Jones. "Without firm commission rules on time limits for conversion and a clear definition of the end user, users of 800 services will be stranded and victimized, and the promised benefits of 800 portability will not be realized."
 Allnet urges 800 users to write the FCC to express their support of immediate adoption of strict rules for converting 800 orders. Letters can be sent to Ms. Donna Searcy, Secretary, Federal Communications Commission, 1919 M Street N.W., Washington, DC 20554, RE: 800 Presubscription Rules for 800 Providers and Responsible Organizations.
 Allnet Communication Services, Inc., headquartered in Bingham Farms, is one of the country's largest providers of long-distance telecommunication services. Allnet is a wholly owned subsidiary of ALC Communications Corporation (AMEX: ALC). ALC is publicly traded on the American Stock Exchange (symbol: ALC).
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 /CONTACT: Linda Busse of Allnet Communication Services, Inc., 313-433-4195/
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