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MCI ANNOUNCES 900 POLICY CHANGES ON JOB LINES, CREDIT CARD APPLICATIONS

 MCI ANNOUNCES 900 POLICY CHANGES ON JOB LINES,
 CREDIT CARD APPLICATIONS
 WASHINGTON, March 31 /PRNewswire/ -- During recessionary times consumers need to be especially wary of potentially fraudulent or misleading pay-per-call offers, MCI Communications Corporation (NASDAQ-NMS: MCIC) noted today in issuing additional consumer protection guidelines.
 The company announced it will no longer provide billing services for 900 information programs that promise assistance in obtaining credit, credit cards, loans or in improving one's credit. The company will cease providing billing services for programs offering information on generic job descriptions or how to get a job. The policy revisions are effective April 1. Earlier MCI stopped billing and collection for adult-oriented calls.
 "MCI has instituted these policies to further ensure that consumers are protected and are subjected to less confusion and fewer incidences of abusive sales tactics by some 900 information providers," said Carol Herod, MCI senior vice president for business marketing.
 "While we have previously taken strong policy steps that are consistent with Federal Communications Commission (FCC) rules, these additional safeguards can help to protect consumers during uncertain economic times. At the same time, we want them to be able to take advantage of the numerous consumer and business-oriented programs which offer legitimate and valuable services," Herod added.
 Other revisions to MCI's 900 policy include:
 -- refusal of billing services to sweepstakes or contest
 programs which offer travel-related benefits unless the
 company determines these offer legitimate information or
 benefits at fair value.
 -- extension of its minimum program introduction length to 18
 seconds and inclusion of a signal to alert callers when
 billing will commence.
 -- imposition of stringent restrictions and minimum standards
 on 900 programs that offer employment information, one-to-
 one chat lines, and sweepstakes, games of chance, contests
 or other types of programs that use pay-per-call services
 as a means of entry or qualifying for prizes and awards.
 The company said it notified 900 customers of the new policies in February and have required all programs carried on its network to comply with these by April 1. MCI first launched nationwide 900 service, along with its consumer protection policies, in January 1991.
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