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MCI Applauds Court Decision Rejecting US West Rate Hike

SEATTLE, Nov. 25 /PRNewswire/ -- The following statement is attributable to Bill Levis, MCI (Nasdaq-NNM: MCIC) regional director:

"Washington consumers scored a major victory today as a state court upheld a ruling issued earlier this year by the Washington Utilities and Transportation Commission denying US WEST a $205 million rate hike. Instead, the commission ordered US WEST to lower in-state rates by over $91 million.

"MCI applauds the King County Superior Court for recognizing the merits of the WUTC's April order which found US WEST's rate proposal unwarranted. In fact, rather than doubling Washington consumers' monthly bills as US WEST had requested, the WUTC actually lowered their bills from $11.50 to $10.50 per month. As the result of the commission order lowering costs paid by long distance carriers to US WEST, MCI toll rates also will go down in the state.

"The WUTC's decision was unprecedented and may set a trend in rate cases before other state utility commissions. Holding true to its pro-competitive course, the WUTC ruled that US WEST's local rates far exceeded the cost of providing local service including such joint and common costs as plant and overhead. MCI has long maintained that local monopolies have exaggerated the cost of universal service to overcharge consumers."

SOURCE MCI Communications Corp.
 -0- 11/25/96

/CONTACT: Deirdre Blackwood of MCI, 202-887-2097/


CO: MCI Communications Corp.; Washington Utilities and Transportation

Commission; US WEST ST: District of Columbia, Washington IN: TLS SU:

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