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MTV AND MCI GO FACE-TO-FACE -- MTV VJs IN AMERICA AND BRITAIN CONNECT VIA THE MCI VIDEOPHONE --

 WASHINGTON, June 30 /PRNewswire/ -- MTV's American VJ Adam Curry and Ray Cokes, his British counterpart, may be an ocean apart, but MCI will make it easier for the VJs to countdown the top videos during "MTV's Most Wanted," when they participate in the first international broadcast involving the MCI VideoPhone. The segment will air tonight, June 30 between 5-5:30 p.m. (EST) in the United States on MTV.
 MCI VideoPhone appears on "MTV's Most Wanted" as a result of MCI's on-going relationship with the all-music network. The MCI VideoPhone is also currently featured at the "MTV Beach House." The MTV-MCI VideoPhone connection is made possible by MCI's arrangement with British Telecommunications (BT), which allows customers in the United States to purchase two or more videophones with delivery both in the United States and the United Kingdom.
 The MCI VideoPhone, is also distributed in the United Kingdom by BT under the name, the "BT Relate 2000 Videophone." MCI and BT recently announced an agreement to form a worldwide strategic alliance to provide advanced global communications.
 "We are pleased to be working with companies such as MTV, whose worldwide reach enables MCI to demonstrate to a large, global audience the unique benefits our customers experience when communicating with friends and family using the MCI VideoPhone," said Jerry Taylor, president, MCI Consumer Markets.
 Taylor adds, "Both BT and MCI are considering additional international ventures to promote the videophone both in the U.S. and in Europe."
 Stimulated by news of the recent MCI-BT agreement, demand for the MCI VideoPhone has already increased. To better serve users, MCI recently equipped customer service representatives with videophones so they may communicate face-to-face with each MCI VideoPhone customer.
 Americans may order the MCI VideoPhone, which retails at $750 per unit, by calling MCI toll-free at 1-800-759-PHONE. Purchases may be made with check, money order or most major credit cards. MCI VideoPhone customers receive a 30-day money back guarantee along with a one-year warranty. MCI offers 24-hour, seven-day a week customer service for MCI VideoPhone users.
 British consumers can already purchase the "BT Relate 2000" for use in the United Kingdom at any BT Shop. BT Shops will also be offering MCI VideoPhones for shipment in the United States.
 BT is the world's fourth largest telecommunications company, employing approximately 170,000 in more than 30 countries around the globe. The company's principal business is providing local, long distance and international telecommunications services in the U.K., serving 26 million access lines. The company also has major commitments in communications and other advanced business services.
 MTV Networks, a division of Viacom International Inc., owns and operates three cable television programming networks -- MTV: Music Television, VH-1, and Nickelodeon/Nick at Nite, all of which are registered trademarks of MTV Networks. All summer, MTV will be presenting its most popular regular programs, such as "The Grind," "Most Wanted," "MTV Prime With Duff," "Classic MTV," and "MTV Jams," from the "MTV Beach House" in Long Island, N.Y.
 MCI, headquartered in Washington, is the nation's second largest long-distance provider. MCI, the fastest growing carrier of international traffic among the top 20 largest international carriers, supports sales and services in 12 languages, and offers clear, high quality direct dial service to over 250 countries and places. MCI offers consumers savings and superior customer service through a number of products and services including: Friends & Family, MCI PrimeTime, MCI Personal 800, MCI Friends Around The World, MCI Call USA, the MCI Card and the Friends & Family Card.
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 /CONTACT: Kate Fralin of MCI, 800-436-9749/
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