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CoREN SELECTS MCI TO JOIN FORCES ON NATIONAL INFORMATION INFRASTRUCTURE INITIATIVES

 WASHINGTON, June 1 /PRNewswire/ -- MCI Communications Corporation (NASDAQ-NMS: MCIC), one of the largest voice and data carriers, will soon link thousands of computer users in schools, libraries, research centers, businesses and colleges to the nation's information superhighway under an agreement with CoREN, a recently formed organization of eight regional data networking services providers.
 The new agreement will allow CoREN users throughout the country to access a wide array of MCI services to transmit and receive information over the MCI network as well as provide CoREN with communications services to connect its users to the global Internet computer network.
 CoREN is a newly formed organization founded by eight regional networks (BARRNet, CICNet, MIDnet, NEARnet, NorthWestNet, NYSERNet, SURAnet and WestNet) to provide nationwide TCP/IP data networking services, including connections to the Internet and the NSFNET national backbone network service for the business, higher education and research communities.
 The MCI/CoREN agreement will promote expanded access to the Internet, supporting the growing needs of commerce and industry as well as assembling resources necessary to lay the foundation for the National Research and Education Network (NREN) program.
 "The significance of the MCI/CoREN relationship is that we believe it will become the infrastructure in the formation of the National Information Superhighway," said Jerry Edgerton, MCI's vice president of government systems. "Users of the eight regional networks will now be linked together with the ability to pick and choose a variety of services they need to meet their growing networking requirements."
 Services under the five-year contract will be worth in excess of $200 million to MCI, and will support and augment the value-added data networking services that CoREN already provides to the educational, research and business communities.
 "It is our intent to create the largest, most comprehensive and highest quality Internet and value added services provider in the world today," said Dr. E. Michael Staman, interim CoREN president and president of CICNet, "and we believe that the activities encompassed under the MCI/CoREN agreement are an ideal platform upon which to construct and offer such services."
 Headquartered in Washington, MCI offers a full range of domestic and global telecommunications services through one of the world's largest state-of-the-art networks. With 1992 revenue of over $10 billion, the company is the second largest long distance provider in the United States and has more than 60 overseas offices in 55 countries and places.
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