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MCI REPORTS 350,000 FREE LONG DISTANCE CALLS AT EMERGENCY PHONE BANKS IN SOUTH FLORIDA

 MCI REPORTS 350,000 FREE LONG DISTANCE CALLS
 AT EMERGENCY PHONE BANKS IN SOUTH FLORIDA
 HOMESTEAD, Fla., Oct. 13 /PRNewswire/ -- For 16 hours a day, seven days a week, over the last 42 days, MCI Communications Corporation (NASDAQ-NMS: MCIC) has offered free domestic and international long distance service to the victims of Hurricane Andrew.
 MCI set up special phone banks in the towns of Homestead and Florida City, where Hurricane Andrew left behind the most destruction and the most need. To date, an estimated 350,000 calls have been made, from the two phone centers, by homeless victims, volunteers, and military personnel.
 Nearly 200 MCI employees volunteered to man the phone banks immediately following the storm and have been flown into South Florida in shifts during the last five weeks. They have worked from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. to meet the need.
 "It's extremely gratifying to know that MCI helped bring so many victims of Hurricane Andrew together with friends and relatives throughout the country and around the world," said Daniel Crawford, MCI's president of Network Services. "Many residents of South Florida used our phone centers to make that very first call to loved ones outside the affected area.
 "The volume of calls has begun to drop dramatically," added Crawford. "This is a very positive sign, reflecting the fact that phone service is being restored and is now available at most tent and trailer cities."
 MCI was able to offer the free long distance service in South Florida without adding a single call to the overburdened phone system in Dade and south Dade County. Using a satellite uplink and equipment to put all traffic directly on the MCI network, the long distance provider bypassed the local system carrying five times its normal call traffic.
 Headquartered in Washington, MCI offers a full range of domestic and global telecommunications services through one of the world's largest all-digital networks. The company, with 1991 revenue of approximately $9.5 billion, is the second-largest long distance provider in the U.S. and has more than 60 overseas offices in 55 countries.
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 /CONTACT: Paul Sims of MCI National Accounts, 800-947-0307/
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