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MCI ISSUES STATEMENT ON INTRODUCTION OF BROOKS-DINGELL BILL

 WASHINGTON, Nov. 23 /PRNewswire/ -- MCI today issued the following statement with regard to the introduction of the Brooks-Dingell Bill:
 "MCI welcomes the results of Chairmen Brooks and Dingell's efforts to fashion a bill that maintains the ground rules under which the competitive long distance industry has flourished, and which preserves the exact entry criteria of the original Modified Final Judgment," Bert C. Roberts, MCI chairman and CEO, said today.
 The bill requires the Justice Department to examine a Baby Bell petition to enter the long distance business from the standpoint of whether its monopoly power will impede competition in the marketplace. At the same time, the bill preserves for the Federal Communications Commission the broader oversight of the public interest, including assurances that local telephone rates not go up because of Baby Bell entry into the long distance business.
 "Although there are a few instances in connection with the bill's language that need to be clarified, MCI believes the intent of the bill is to require the same strict entry criteria and pro-consumer protections for all aspects of interstate service," said Roberts. "It is imperative that the language be clarified to assure that the ground rules for this industry are clearly established in a consistent manner going forward.
 "Let's remember that these guiding principles of competition have allowed the long distance industry to bring innovative service, increased quality and greater choice while driving down the price of its services by two-thirds."
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