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AT&T REACTION TO LEGISLATION FROM REPS. BROOKS, DINGELL

 WASHINGTON, Nov. 23 /PRNewswire/ -- The following is a reaction by AT&T to legislation from Reps. Jack Brooks (D-Texas) and John Dingell (D-Mich.):
 AT&T is encouraged by the parts of the bill introduced today by Chairmen Brooks and Dingell that are based on a precept AT&T has long endorsed: No changes should be made to the restrictions that keep the Bell companies out of the long distance and manufacturing businesses unless there is no substantial possibility that the Bell companies could use their monopoly power to impede competition.
 We are concerned, however, that other parts of the bill depart from this precept and would allow the Bell companies under certain conditions to resell long distance services or build limited long distance networks.
 The bill's authors wisely included a strong antitrust test under which the Department of Justice will require the Bell companies to demonstrate they cannot harm competition before they are allowed to enter major aspects of the long distance market and the manufacture of equipment. And we are pleased the FCC is given the role of applying a separate and additional public interest standard before the Bell companies are allowed into important parts of the long distance market.
 Finally, we are encouraged that parallel bill by Reps. Markey and Fields and Sens. Danforth and Inouye would open the local monopoly to competition, which is the best guarantor of fair treatment for customers and long distance companies alike.
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 /CONTACT: Jim McGann of AT&T media relations, 202-457-3942/
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