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TELEPHONE RATES COULD RISE IF CABLE TELEVISION PROPOSAL PASSES

 MIAMI, Feb. 18 /PRNewswire/ -- Telephone companies in Florida say local


telephone rates could be forced up if a proposal passes the Florida Legislature in Tallahassee that is supported by the cable television industry, alternate access providers, and private paystation owners -- none of which is rate-base regulated by the Florida Public Service Commission (FPSC). The proposed legislation would force only telephone companies to form separate, smaller companies to provide each type of service. This unnecessary expense would drive up the current cost of each service, and almost certainly increase basic local service rates.
 The legislation introduced by Rep. Fred Lippman (House Bill 1531) and by Sen. Howard Foreman (Senate Bill 1638), "is a thinly veiled attempt to allow cable television and its allies into the local telephone market without the same regulatory safeguards that apply to telephone companies," said Dean Kurtz, vice president-Central Telephone Company of Florida and board member of the Florida Telephone Association.
 According to Kurtz, it is ironic that cable television, "Whose dismal reputation for exorbitant price increases and poor service, is now trying to establish policy and rates for telephone service. Cable television has set as its goal the entry into the traditional business of the telephone companies, and cable television is desperately attempting to constrain the telephone companies' ability to respond competitively. They have approached the FPSC regarding certain approaches contained in this bill in the past and have been turned down."
 Florida telephone companies say the legislation, like a wolf in sheep's clothing, only pretends to offer new customer safeguards. State and federal regulation already provide more than adequate protection.
 "It is a shame that some well-meaning groups have already been deceived by this charade. Cable television's self-serving and highly paid lobbying effort is designed not for the consumer but for cable television's own self interest," Kurtz said.
 The 13 local exchange companies which serve all Florida customers recognize the changing and competitive nature of the marketplace. We welcome that challenge, in the hopes that all its competitors are subject to the same fair rules. Only then can the citizens of Florida be the real winners.
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 /CONTACT: Susan Cituk, executive director of the Florida Telephone Association, 904-877-5141/


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