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MCI OFFERS FREE PHONE CALLS FOR U.S. TROOPS IN SOMALIA

 WASHINGTON, Jan. 12 /PRNewswire/ -- U.S. military men and women participating in Operation Restore Hope can place free phone calls to anywhere in the continental United States from Naval vessels located off the coast of Somalia through the Military Affiliate Radio System (MARS) and MCI Communications Corporation (NASDAQ-NMS: MCIC).
 Service members who place MARS calls from the east African country will be connected to the Washington Navy/Marine Corps MARS station. The calls will then be routed over the MCI long distance network to friends and family members.
 "We want to do whatever we can to help bridge the gap between U.S. service members in Somalia and loved ones here at home," said Jerry Edgerton, MCI's vice president of government systems. "MCI initially offered free phone calls between Thanksgiving and Jan. 3 for Army, Navy, Air Force and Marine Corps personnel stationed overseas. By extending the offer to our troops in Somalia we believe many more individuals will be able to make calls."
 MARS, founded more than 40 years ago, is comprised of individual systems in the Army, Air Force, Navy and Marine Corps. The membership consists of approximately 8,000 volunteer civilian amateur radio operators, with some volunteer military members at military bases and aboard ships. MARS is known for MARSGRAMS and radio- telephone calls placed for military personnel overseas.
 Headquartered in Washington, MCI offers a full range of domestic and global telecommunications services through one of the world's largest state-of-the-art networks. With 1991 revenue of nearly $10 billion, the company is the second largest long distance provider in the United States and has more than 60 overseas in 55 countries.
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 /CONTACT: MCI Corporate News Bureau, 800-289-0073 or 202-887-3000/
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