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MCI OPPOSES HOUSE BILL ON TELECOMMUNICATIONS

 RICHMOND, Va., Feb. 2 /PRNewswire/ -- Virginia is now one of only a handful of states that denies its residents the benefits of full long distance competition, the House Corporations, Insurance and Banking Committee was told today.
 Testifying against proposed legislation that would make permanent the "Experimental Plan" under which state local exchange (LECs) telephone companies have been regulated, Donna Sorgi, MCI Communications' regional director of state regulatory and governmental affairs, said the bill (H.B. 1563) does not address the inequity of continuing to deny long distance company entry into the intra-state long distance market.
 "Forty states already allow long distance companies to compete for intra-state short-haul toll calls, the so-called intraLATA market," Sorgi testified. "Competition in those states has reduced telephone users' intraLATA phone bills while having no effect on local telephone rates."
 Sorgi told the House committee that "there is no evidence that the Experimental Plan has served the public interest in any form," adding that since the plan had been approved originally by the State Corporation Commission (SCC) in 1988 without a hearing, the General Assembly should not consider legislation making the plan permanent until the SCC has conducted full hearings to determine whether or not the plan has served the interests of consumers and the competitive marketplace.
 In her testimony, Sorgi pointed out that MCI believes that the bill does not contain adequate safeguards and procedures to protect consumers from discriminatory and anticompetitive behavior by the local telephone companies. "These safeguards, which should include a prohibition on cross subsidizing competitive services with monopoly service revenues, are essential to ensure that monopoly ratepayers, including long distance companies, are protected from abuses of monopoly power," said Sorgi.
 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 1992 revenue greater than $10.5 billion, the company is the second largest long distance provider in the United States and has more than 60 overseas offices in 55 countries.
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