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CONGRESSMAN OXLEY JOINS INFORMATION PROVIDERS IN OPPOSING COOPER BILL ON INFORMATION SERVICES

CONGRESSMAN OXLEY JOINS INFORMATION PROVIDERS IN OPPOSING COOPER BILL
 ON INFORMATION SERVICES
 WASHINGTON, Feb. 20 /PRNewswire/ -- At a briefing today, U.S. rep. Michael G. Oxley (R-Findlay) joined top executives from leading companies in the information services industry opposing legislation designed to prevent the regional Bell companies from providing many information services to their customers.
 "Despite claims to the contrary, the information services industry is not solidly behind the Cooper/Inouye legislation. These information company executives have written to members of Congress to express opposition to H.R. 3515 and S. 2112," said Oxley.
 "Many supporters of the Cooper/Inouye legislation claim that they are trying to protect the information services market from manipulation by the Bells," Oxley continued. "The people who have joined me today, however, have made it clear that they neither need nor want this type of protection from the regional Bells. What they do want is to be free to work with them to bring new services to the American consumer."
 The letter to members of Congress was signed by more than 70 leading information providers. In part, it stated, "...entrepreneurial electronic publishers stand to benefit if they are permitted to enter joint ventures with a Bell company or to rely on the financial or technical resources or marketing expertise of a Bell company." The letter further stated that "...newspapers publishers, with deep pockets and substantial market power, apparently see few advantages for their own companies if Bell companies become involved in the electronic publishing industry. At the core, that is why some newspaper publishers oppose the local Bell company's involvement in any aspect of the electronic publishing business in the newspaper's hometown."
 Appearing with Rep. Oxley were:
 -- Michael Brown, president, Cognitive Training Associates, Inc.,
 Waxahachie, Texas;
 -- Dan Bruns, president, General Videotex Corporation,
 Cambridge, Mass.;
 -- James Coane, president, Telebase Systems, Inc., Wayne, Pa.; and
 -- Mark Walsh, vice president and general manager, Online CUC
 International, Inc., Stamford, Conn.
 "I have long supported the idea that regional Bell company participation in the information services market will help provide an incentive for upgrading our telecommunications infrastructure," Oxley concluded. "It's also clear to me that most of that incentive will come in each regional Bell's individual service area. That's one of the reasons the so-called six-sevenths provision of the Cooper bill is unacceptable--it takes away the Bell company incentive to do one of the most important things participation in this market could spur them to do."
 Rep. Oxley is a member of the House Telecommunications Subcommittee and last year co-authored the "Communications Competitiveness and Infrastructure Modernization Act."
 Ohio-based companies signing the letter were:
 -- Checkfree Corporation, one of the nation's largest electronic
 bill-paying services, Waterville;
 -- VICOM Information Service, which provides a host of
 interactive services, Chillicothe; and
 -- Mass Marketing, Inc., a telemarketing firm, Cincinnati.
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 /CONTACT: Peggy Peterson, press secretary, 202-225-2676, for Oxley/ CO: ST: District of Columbia IN: TLS SU: LEG


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