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ACSI Completes Interconnection Accord With Southwestern Bell in Arkansas and Texas

ACSI Also Wins Competitive Local Exchange Carrier Certification
 In Arkansas, Colorado, Virginia, and

The First Competitive Access Provider Certification in Mississippi

ANNAPOLIS JUNCTION, Md., Nov. 21 /PRNewswire/ -- American Communications Services, Inc. (Nasdaq: ACNS) announced it has completed its agreement with Southwestern Bell for interconnection between the companies' networks in Arkansas and Texas.

ACSI and Southwestern Bell signed partial interconnection agreements on August 13 for both states. ACSI sought arbitration before the Texas Public Utilities Commission (TPUC) and the Arkansas Public Service Commission (APSC) for unresolved issues such as pricing for unbundled local loops.

In a stipulation signed on November 1, 1996 to settle the Arkansas arbitration, ACSI and Southwesten Bell agreed on an unbundled loop price which is lower than the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) proxy rate. On November 14, ACSI became the first competitive local exchange carrier to receive certification from the APSC to provide local dialtone in Arkansas.

With its interconnection arrangement and certification completed in Arkansas, ACSI can proceed to offer local switched services at competitive rates in Little Rock during 1997, pending the APSC's approval of the final tariff and interconnection settlement.

In Texas, the TPUC favorably resolved ACSI's arbitration after three weeks of hearings and set a $15 unbundled loop rate, below the FCC proxy rate of $15.49. ACSI and Southwestern Bell have revised their interconnection agreement to implement to the TPUC order. ACSI, having already been authorized as a competitive local exchange carrier (CLEC) in Texas, plans to roll-out its switched services in l997.

"ACSI is proud to bring a choice in local phone service to cities like Little Rock," said Richard A. Kozak, president and CEO of ACSI. "Competitive local telecom services are the foundation of a new digital era that is destined to attract new businesses and stimulate the economy."

ACSI Adds CLEC Certification in Colorado and Virginia

With the recent certifications in Colorado and Virginia to offer both dedicated and switched services, ACSI is now authorized as a CLEC in 11 states. ACSI's first network in Colorado is now under construction in Colorado Springs.

"Virginia is an important market situated adjacent to the locations of ACSI's headquarters in Maryland and we are pleased with the warm welcome from its regulators," said Kozak. "The infoplex of high tech businesses surrounding ACSI's data point of presence in Tyson's Corner will be our wedge into the state."

ACSI First Local Competitor Certificated in Mississippi

The Mississippi Public Service Commission granted to ACSI the first certification to provide local dedicated services in the state. ACSI currently operates a fiber optic network in Jackson. The Commission is still considering ACSI's application for full CLEC status.

American Communications Services, Inc. is a CLEC that builds its own local fiber optic networks and offers special access, switched voice and data network solutions to business and government customers in mid-sized markets principally throughout the southern half of the U.S. ACSI currently has 19 local networks operating in Birmingham, Mobile, and Montgomery, AL; Tucson, AZ; Little Rock, AR; Columbus, GA; Lexington and Louisville, KY; Jackson, MS; Las Vegas, NV; Albuquerque, NM; Charleston, Columbia, Greenville, and Spartanburg, SC; and Amarillo, El Paso, Fort Worth, and Irving, TX. The Company has an additional 11 networks under construction in Colorado Springs, CO; the Baltimore/Washington corridor in Central Maryland; Jacksonville, FL; Baton Rouge, New Orleans, and Shreveport, LA; Kansas City, MO; Tulsa, OK; Chattanooga, TN; Dallas and Corpus Christi, TX. Subject to available funding, the Company plans to have a total of 50 cities in operation or under construction by mid-1998. The Company also currently has 26 data points of presence (POPs) in operation and plans to have a total of 44 POPs by the end of this year (including all markets where ACSI has local networks) which will be interconnected via its ATM backbone to the Internet, other major data centers and other carriers' networks. For more information about ACSI contact on the Internet.

ACSI press releases available through Company News On-Call by fax, 800- 758-5804, ext. 111731, or at

SOURCE American Communications Services, Inc.
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/CONTACT: Reese Nank of American Communications Services, 301-617-4259/


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