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IIA TELLS POLICYMAKERS -- COMPETITION IS A HIGHLY DESIRABLE ASPECT OF NEW TELECOMMUNICATIONS INFRASTRUCTURE DEVELOPMENT

 WASHINGTON, May 20 /PRNewswire/ -- The Information Industry Association (IIA), the trade association that represents all the segments of the dynamic information industry, is urging policymakers to consider "competition as a highly desirable aspect of new telecommunications infrastructure development." IIA has issued a position paper that identifies objectives and implementation principles for development of the United States' telecommunications infrastructure.
 "Modernizing the telecommunications infrastructure is high on the national agenda. IIA encourages all of government -- from the White House and the independent agencies, to Congress and state and local governing entities -- to adopt the objectives and principles of this position paper to accelerate telecommunications infrastructure development," said IIA President Kenneth B. Allen.
 IIA's Telecommunications Infrastructure Objectives and
 Implementation Principles
 Telecommunications Infrastructure Policy Objectives
 "Market forces are the preferred means of determining telecommunications applications and services, and thus, the development of telecommunications infrastructure.
 "As telecommunications markets continue to evolve from a regulated monopoly to a competitive regime, the role of governments should be to promote competition while protecting the public interest where competitive market forces are not yet fully operative."
 Implementation Principles
 "Telecommunications infrastructure evolution, driven primarily by competitive market forces, is the ultimate goal. Where there is competition, market forces should determine the services offered. However, IIA recognizes that for the foreseeable future, non- competitive, i.e., regulated, environment may continue to exist.
 "Government's role should be to promote competition within the private sector as the best means of achieving rapid and broad-based evolution of a national telecommunications network.
 "In assuring the public interest, governments should monitor regulated telecommunications infrastructure development including factors related to service availability; performance reliability and quality; maintenance of reasonable rate; and the extent and appropriateness of regulation.
 "Rates that are not subject to competition should be cost-based, with incentives to control costs and encourage improvements in basic services as part of telecommunications infrastructure development.
 "Subsidies undermine competitive markets, therefore their use should be minimized. To the extent governments determine subsidies are necessary, they should be targeted clearly to end-users to achieve specific goals and their purpose and administration must be reassessed continually.
 "Worldwide policies should: 1) promote open standards and interfaces; 2) promote high quality and availability of the telecommunications infrastructure; and 3) assure equal availability of access for all users to the underlying network capabilities and support systems."
 "I am very pleased that IIA's diverse membership has united to support these telecommunications goals. It is significant because IIA not only represents telecommunications companies, but all the business entities vital to successful information infrastructure development, including information providers, software developers and computer manufacturers," said Allen.
 For a complete copy of IIA's Telecommunications Infrastructure Objectives and Implementation Principles, please contact Lisa Hyden, IIA, 202-639-8262.
 The Information Industry Association (IIA), celebrating its 25th anniversary, is the trade association of 500 companies involved in the creation, distribution and use of information products, services and technologies.
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 /CONTACT: Lisa Hyden of the Information Industry Association, 202-639-8262/


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