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APCC TO FCC: STOP MARKETING OF AT&T's PROPRIETARY CALLING CARD BEFORE IT DESTROYS INDEPENDENT PAYPHONE INDUSTRY

APCC TO FCC: STOP MARKETING OF AT&T's PROPRIETARY CALLING CARD
 BEFORE IT DESTROYS INDEPENDENT PAYPHONE INDUSTRY
 MIAMI, Feb. 24 /PRNewswire/ -- The American Public Communications Council (APCC) has called on the Federal Communications Commission to halt AT&T's distribution of its Card Issuer Identifier (CIID) calling card because it threatens to destroy the independent public payphone industry.
 According to APCC chairman Richard J. DeWitt Jr., a partner in the Miami law firm of Cohen, Berke, Bernstein, Brodie & Kondell, P.A., AT&T has arranged to have the proprietary CIID card validated by local exchange carriers (LECs), like Southern Bell. Validation allows consumers to make 0-plus telephone calls from pay telephones.
 However, AT&T refuses to permit competing independent services to validate the CIID card. This refusal prevents CIID cardholders from using long-distance services provided by most independent public payphones for their 0-plus calls.
 "AT&T's CIID card is a direct attempt to divert business away from independent public payphone owners and the competitive operator service providers that facilitates them," DeWitt said. "In marketing this card, AT&T has created a tacit partnership with LECs to recreate pre-divestiture conditions in which AT&T and the major local carriers monopolize all 0-plus long-distance calls."
 AT&T has told its 40 million cardholders that they must exchange their existing, truly universal cards for CIID cards "to comply with government regulations." DeWitt described this effort as "a misleading, unreasonable practice to induce consumers to switch to AT&T's proprietary card."
 DeWitt added that consumer frustration with the inability to use the CIID card on independent public payphones for 0-plus calls will force many premises owners to switch their payphones back to AT&T or the local exchange carriers. This situation will force many independent competitors out of business, further enhancing AT&T's market power.
 By submitting its statement to the FCC, APCC joins the Competitive Telecommunications Association, which filed an emergency motion with the government agency to halt AT&T's marketing of CIID cards.
 APCC is a membership council of the North American Telecommunications Association (NATA), comprised of companies engaged in the competitive public communications industry. NATA is a national trade association for manufacturers and distributors of public and private communications, and computer products and systems, as well as related service and information providers.
 Cohen, Berke, Bernstein, Brodie & Kondell, P.A. is engaged in general civil practice, including commercial and personal injury litigation, appellate law, corporate and business law, real estate transactions, securities law, banking, foreclosures, computer law and telecommunications law.
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 /CONTACT: David Stiefel of Great Communicators, Inc., 305-271-1667, for Cohen, Berke, Bernstein, Brodie & Kondell, P.A./ CO: American Public Communications Council; AT&T ST: Florida IN: TLS SU:


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