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IIA TELLS SENATE SUBCOMMITTEE TELECOMMUNICATIONS ACT OF 1993 BREAKS NEW GROUND

 WASHINGTON, July 14 /PRNewswire/ -- Steven J. Metalitz, vice president and general counsel of the Information Industry Association (IIA), testified today on S. 1086, the Telecommunications Infrastructure Act of 1993. Metalitz told the Senate Communications Subcommittee that the legislation "breaks new ground" and "anticipates the new realities of a marketplace that is being transformed by technological breakthroughs and innovative business alliances and partnerships."
 "In a policy area too often marked by deadlock and drift, S. 1086 helps shift the terms of the debate to a more constructive plane, where diverse interests can work together to achieve greater benefits for the American public," Metalitz said.
 IIA, with a unique membership that includes not only independent enhanced service providers but also Regional Bell Operating Companies, interexchange carriers, independent phone companies and local exchange carriers, focused on four issues it identified for resolution in order for the legislation to achieve its objectives:
 -- S. 1086 Becomes a More Powerful Instrument for Change by Adopting Widely Accepted Service Definitions. The Federal Communications Commission's (FCC) definitions of basic and enhanced services should be incorporated to make S. 1086 a more powerful instrument for change. The FCC clearly separates basic transmission from any enhancements which may be added to the transmission that make it a new, different and generally improved product.
 -- Strong Antitrust Protections Should Remain Core Principles. IIA recommends that S. 1086 include an "antitrust savings clause" to preserve all federal and state antitrust laws with regard to local exchange carriers activities. Such language would acknowledge the importance of universal service and also would preclude unfair advantages in the local loop.
 -- Endorsement of Fully Unbundled Service Offerings Can Ensure Cost- Based Pricing and Market Fairness. IIA believes that legislation should require unbundling of network services and facilities to allow customers the option of obtaining basic functional elements. It must be accompanied by pricing which bears a fixed, reasonable and consistent relationship to underlying cost.
 -- S. 1086 Should Strengthen its Important Stand on Preemption. Enhanced services should not be regulated as public utilities at the state or local level. Uniform national policies will bring stability and growth to the enhanced services industry.
 "S. 1086 contains the broad outlines of a constructive legislative solution to the problem of stimulating the development of advanced telecommunications infrastructure," Metalitz stated. The fundamental elements are fully consistent with the positions taken in IIA's recently released paper, "Telecommunications Infrastructure Objectives and Implementation Principles."
 For a complete copy of the testimony or IIA's Telecommunications Infrastructure Objectives and Implementation Principles, please contact Lisa Hyden, IIA, 202-639-8262.
 The Information Industry Association, celebrating its 25th anniversary, represents some 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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