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MCI IS AWARDED TELEPHONE RELAY SERVICE FOR FLORIDA

 MCI IS AWARDED TELEPHONE RELAY SERVICE FOR FLORIDA
 TALLAHASSEE, Fla., Dec. 18 /PRNewswire/ -- MCI Communications


Corporation (NASDAQ-NMS: MCIC) announced today that The Florida Public Service Commission has notified MCI of its intent to award MCI a contract to be the provider of the statewide telecommunications relay system for individuals with hearing and speech disabilities.
 The contract would extend for a minimum of three years and be valued at more than $50 million.
 The contract calls for streamlining telecommuincations relay services into a single relay center -- the Florida Telephone Relay Service Center -- and addresses recent state and federal legislation mandating services for citizens with disabilities.
 In its winning bid, MCI developed a proposal involving the Deafness Education Advocacy Foundation Inc. (D.E.A.F. Inc.), a non-profit corporation owned and managed by deaf and hearing-impaired individuals. Based in St. Paul, D.E.A.F. has provided relay service to the state of Minnesota since 1989.
 Under MCI's proposal, a Florida Telephone Relay Service Center will be established. The center will employ nearly 1,000 persons and serve more than 1.5 million Florida citizens with speech and hearing difficulties.
 "By blending MCI's technology with D.E.A.F.'s expertise and knowledge of the deaf community, we've created a first-of-its-kind approach to serving the Florida deaf community," said Douglas L. Maine, president of MCI's Southern Division.
 Representatives from the hearing- and speech-impaired communities will hold management positions and make up a significant portion of the workforce at the Florida Telephone Relay Service Center.
 It is expected that the center will be operational by June 1, 1992. It will be funded through a monthly surcharge for every residential and business telephone line. There is no charge for use of relay service local calls and users receive substantial discounts for long distance relay service calls over the MCI public network.
 MCI provides a full range of global telecommunications services to businesses, residences and government agencies. The company owns and operates the world's second-largest communications network, employing advanced fiber optics, digital microwave, satellite and digital switching technologies.
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 /CONTACT: Steve Fox of MCI, 800-365-2275/
 (MCIC) CO: MCI Communications Corporation ST: Florida IN: TLS SU: CON


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