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DISTRICT COURT REQUIRES NON-DOMINANT CARRIERS TO FILE CONTRACT RATES; MCI ASSURES ALL CUSTOMERS THAT CONTRACTS ARE NOT AFFECTED

 WASHINGTON, July 7 /PRNewswire/ -- MCI Communications Corp. (NASDAQ-NMS: MCIC) issued the following:
 MCI today assured its major customers that despite today's District Court ruling that all rate schedules be filed with the FCC, MCI's ability to fulfill all of its current or future contracts is not impeded.
 The D.C. District Court ruled that MCI should promptly file detailed rates that are charged in its customer-specific contracts. By ruling as it has, the District Court has essentially required that individual customer contract rates be tariffed, rather than supporting the FCC's position permitting a range of contracts to be covered in a combined filing.
 MCI, as well as other long distance carriers, had previously filed a general tariff which provided ranges of charges or maximum charges related to these customer contracts. MCI said it has carefully complied with applicable regulations at each stage of this legal determination, and will promptly comply with today's decision as well.
 Since individual customer contracts are only tariffed after they have been negotiated and awarded, the requirement to subsequently file tariffs will not impede MCI's ability to compete effectively for these contracts, just as it has not impeded AT&T's ability to do so. While MCI is the only carrier named in today's ruling, the legal principles underlying this ruling equally impact all non-dominant carriers. This includes cellular service providers, competitive access providers, and other small long distance carriers. The additional regulatory burden on these carriers and on the FCC is not a positive development, but given today's court ruling, Congressional or Supreme Court action may be required to alter these requirements.
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 /CONTACT: MCI Corporate News Bureau, 800-289-0073 or 202-887-3000/
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