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Robert Annunziata of Teleport Communications Group receives CMA users' Chester K. Bellairs Jr. Award; executive honored as founder of Competitive Access Provider industry.

MORRISTOWN, N.J.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Nov. 8, 1994--The Communications Managers Association (CMA) has selected Robert Annunziata, chairman, president and CEO of Teleport Communications Group (TCG), as the recipient of the 1994 Chester K. Bellairs Jr. Award.

The award honors Annunziata for his vision and achievements as founder of the Competitive Access Provider (CAP) industry.

According to CMA President Thomas F. McCarthy, assistant vice president of New York Life Insurance Co., "Communications managers are responsible for providing information and telecommunications services to end users throughout our corporations. In order for us to do this at the lowest cost and with the highest level of quality, we depend on innovative suppliers. Bob Annunziata literally created an industry that directly benefits users by introducing choice and competition into the local telecommunications market. As the major telecommunications user group in the Northeast, the CMA felt it appropriate to show its appreciation."

TCG was founded in 1984 to provide information intensive businesses with a choice for local telecommunications services. Today, TCG operates in 19 major markets serving the nation's largest banks, stock exchanges, brokerages, newspapers, television networks, educational and government agencies, and long distance carriers. It is the largest bypass carrier in the nation, as TCG announced five additional cities in October.

"I am especially honored to receive this award from the CMA," Annunziata said. "When we (TCG) started in New York in 1984, I felt privileged to have a role in shaping the local telecommunications industry. After a decade I still feel that way."

Annunziata cited the personnel at TCG, saying, "The vision of a new industry -- of bringing local telephone competition to the Main Street of America -- could not have been realized without the hard work and dedication of the people at TCG. I am incredibly proud of their efforts, and I accept this award on behalf of every manager and associate at TCG."

The Chester K. Bellairs Jr. Award, presented annually, recognizes individuals who have made significant contributions to the enhancement of the telecommunications industry. Named after Chester K. Bellairs Jr., a two-time CMA president and former telecom executive at the American Broadcasting Co. (ABC), the award is presented to a telecom professional who represents the highest level of accomplishment, and dedication to the advancement and betterment of the telecom industry.

The award will be presented to Annunziata at CMA Telcom 94, the CMA's 17th Annual Conference and Exhibition, on Tuesday, Nov. 8, during a luncheon sponsored by AT&T. A donation of $1,000 will be made to the Staten Island YMCA.

CMA Telcom 94 will be held Nov. 7 - 10, 1994 at the New York Hilton Hotel & Towers in New York City. A series of tutorials will be held on Nov. 7, with the full conference and exposition running on Nov. 8 - 10. For information on the conference program, call 201/425-1700, or for more on the exposition, call 800-CMA-EXPO.

Founded in 1948, the Communications Managers Association (CMA) is the second oldest telecommunications user group in the nation. Its membership is composed of nearly 200 of the nation's prominent companies, many of which are Fortune 500. The mission of the CMA is to provide the latest information to its membership on the trends that are driving the telecommunications and networking environments. This year-round program of educational sessions reaches its peak each fall at CMA Telcom.

CONTACT: Communications Managers Association (CMA)
 Catherine Takacs, 201/425-1700
 Teleport Communications Group (TCG)
 Bernard Walker, 718/983-2427
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