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MCI'S REQUEST FOR INTRALATA COMPETITION DENIED BY THE MICHIGAN PUBLIC SERVICE COMMISSION

 WASHINGTON, Feb. 24 /PRNewswire/ -- Michigan telephone customers will continue to be denied the benefits of competitive long-distance services within an area code, following a Michigan Public Service Commission ruling issued today.
 MCI had asked the Public Service Commission (PSC) to break the monopoly that Ameritech's Michigan Bell subsidiary currently has on "dial 1" service within an area code. Currently, customers calling from Lansing to Saginaw by dialing 1 plus the phone number, for example, are forced to use Michigan Bell and are charged Michigan Bell rates. If the callers prefer to use MCI or another long- distance provider, they must first dial 1, then 0, then a three-digit code number, then 1, then the phone number.
 MCI had argued that other carriers should also be allowed to have "dial 1" access. Michigan Bell fought the MCI proposal, seeking to preserve its stranglehold on a half-billion dollar intraLATA service market. Michigan Bell's special treatment has allowed it to retain nearly 100 percent of the residential intraLATA market and prevent customers from receiving the lower costs and improved service that comes with competition, MCI said.
 "We are surprised and dismayed that the PSC would allow Michigan Bell to continue its monopoly on this increasingly vital telecommunications link," said Bill Levis, director of regulatory and government affairs for MCI. "We thought the clear intent of the 1991 Telecommunications Act was to increase competition in the industry where warranted."
 "It's interesting to watch Ameritech talk about increasing competition in the telecommunications market, while it fights tooth and nail to prevent competition for long-distance service within area codes," Levis said.
 The commission decided that it would retain jurisdiction to address this issue, opening the possibility that it could decide at a later date to give customers more choices in the intraLATA market. The PSC also noted that the Legislature could address the issue.
 "Ameritech today published full page ads in newspapers around Michigan saying, We have proposed opening our local telephone network to competition,' calling for open competition and regulatory reform,'" Levis noted. "We look forward to the day when Ameritech's actions match its words."
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