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BELL OF PENNSYLVANIA SURVEYS REGISTERED VOTERS ON CABLE SERVICES

 BELL OF PENNSYLVANIA SURVEYS REGISTERED VOTERS ON CABLE SERVICES
 PHILADELPHIA, July 21 /PRNewswire/ -- Almost 80 percent of voters in Pennsylvania favor allowing telephone companies to compete with cable companies in providing cable television services, according to a recent survey commissioned by Bell of Pennsylvania.
 The survey, conducted in May and June, asked registered voters if they would "favor or oppose changing regulations so that your telephone company could compete with your cable company in providing cable television service?"
 Of the 1,005 randomly selected total respondents surveyed by telephone, nearly eight out of 10 said they would favor competition from telephone companies. Only 17 percent said they would oppose attempts to allow telephone companies to compete with cable TV companies.
 The survey results are significant in light of the ruling last week by the FCC allowing telephone companies to provide "video dial-tone."
 The survey, which represents the views of registered voters across the state, was conducted by JRP Marketing Research Services, based in Media, Pa., on behalf of Bell of Pennsylvania's advertising agency, FCB/Philadelphia. It was paid for by company stockholders.
 Other questions in the survey were designed to determine voter awareness and assessed importance of some of the features or benefits of a state-of-the-art telecommunications network. Such a network will be made possible when the necessary Pennsylvania legislative and regulatory action is taken to enable the telephone companies to speed up the installation of the network.
 Improved health care services, for personal needs, headed the list of top-rated benefits, with more than four in every 10 voters giving them a rating of "9" or "10" on a "1" to "10" scale.
 When asked which new services would be important to "businesses and institutions in your community," health care-related service ranked even higher at 73 percent.
 "Most significantly," according to Eric Rabe, Bell of Pennsylvania spokesperson, "almost 80 percent cited the availability of services to be provided by the advanced network as having a positive effect on the creation of new jobs in Pennsylvania.
 "Almost 90 percent said the availability of the services would have a positive effect on Pennsylvania's ability to attract new businesses; and 85 percent said the services would have a positive effect on the quality of life for Pennsylvania residents," Rabe added.
 "Clearly, Pennsylvania voters are ready and willing to support legislative and regulatory efforts to encourage the phone companies to accelerate deployment of a state-of-the-art, switched telecommunications network throughout every part of Pennsylvania," Rabe concluded.
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