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INTRASTATE LONG DISTANCE COMPETITION COMES TO CONNECTICUT

 WASHINGTON, July 2 /PRNewswire/ -- MCI Communications Corporation (NASDAQ-NMS: MCIC) today applauded the Connecticut State Legislature for bringing to consumers competition in the intrastate long distance telecommunications market and announced it would enter the market.
 The legislature passed legislation requiring in-state long distance services previously under the monopoly control of local telephone companies to be opened up to competition. Gov. Weicker signed the legislation into law this morning.
 "Connecticut consumers now will have more choices when they make in- state toll calls," said Donna Sorgi, MCI's director of state regulatory and government affairs. "The benefits competition brought to the interstate long distance market such as lower prices and new services will now be realized by individuals making toll calls within the state. MCI welcomes the opportunity to provide its services to all residential and commercial customers and to compete for their business."
 The legislature adopted a bill sponsored by Energy and Public Utilities Committee Co-Chairs, Rep. John Fonfara and Sen. Melodie Peters (S.B. 989), that allows competition for in-state toll services. The new law also provides consumer protection and competitive safeguards to ensure that benefits of competition will be realized by all consumers.
 Sorgi praised the sponsors of the bill for their efforts in securing the passage. She said: "Both Senator Peters and Representative Fonfara showed their commitment to bring the benefits of competition to all consumers in the state by their strong leadership on the issue. They have been instrumental in helping pave the way for Connecticut to take advantage of future developments in the rapidly expanding telecommunications industry." She added, "Now we hope the Department of Public Utility Control will act quickly to implement this new law by finalizing the draft order it issued following its comprehensive look at telecommunications policy in the state."
 Even though the new law allows competition for intrastate long distance services, local telephone service and presubscribed in-state toll dialing still remain under monopoly control. MCI said it supports opening these services to competition as expeditiously as possible.
 MCI Communications Corporation, headquartered in Washington, offers a full range of domestic and global telecommunications services. 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 offices in 55 countries and places.
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 /CONTACT: David Thompson 202-887-2223, or Donna Sorgi, 914-251-2846, both of MCI/
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