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MCI TO MARKET NEW NATIONWIDE ACCESS SERVICE, OFFERS BUSINESSES GREATER NETWORK DIVERSITY

 NEW YORK, May 26 /PRNewswire/ -- MCI (NASDAQ-NMS: MCIC) today introduced MCI Custom Access, a new service that will offer businesses one-stop shopping nationwide for obtaining highly reliable dedicated access services. To market MCI Custom Access, MCI will utilize services provided by the nation's leading local phone companies, other access providers and even cable companies.
 "Dedicated access is the important connection that links a business with its long distance carrier," said Jonathan Crane, president of MCI's National Accounts unit. "With this first-of-its-kind service, MCI will make ordering, installing and managing nationwide access networks more convenient and will help business customers design networks with greater diversity for added reliability."
 Without built-in diversity, a business phone network could be at risk from simple construction accidents such as when a backhoe inadvertently severs an underground telecommunications cable. Fires, floods and other occurrences have in the past caused serious interruptions to many phone networks. MCI estimates that business users spend more than $2 billion annually for dedicated access services.
 The new MCI service comes with a new guarantee that covers some 1,200 buildings in the United States, including such landmarks as the World Trade Center, Sears Tower and TransAmerica Building. Under the MCI guarantee, if a dedicated access line on a self-healing fiber network fails for more than one minute, then MCI would reimburse its Custom Access customer for one month's circuit charges. There is no additional charge for this guarantee. Later this year, MCI will also provide a proactive monitoring services for its Custom Access customers.
 Two leading local exchange companies -- NYNEX and Ameritech -- joined with the nation's two largest access providers -- Teleport Communications Group and MFS Telecom, Inc. -- in MCI's announcement. In all, MCI said 24 competitive access providers and the country's eight largest local exchange companies will become MCI's primary vendors of choice for its Custom Access service. Two of the access providers are cable companies and one, Access Transmission Services, Inc., is a wholly-owned subsidiary of MCI.
 "NYNEX offers its business customers a wide array of dedicated access solutions such as building entrance, path and Central Office diversity," said Brian Lane, NYNEX's vice president of Interstate Access and Carrier Services. "We're pleased to be working closely with MCI to provide customers with the technology needed to support uninterrupted business operations."
 "Business customers are demanding more options to ensure the reliability of their telecommunications services," said Jack Saylors, Ameritech vice president carrier management. "Ameritech realizes the importance of network reliability for our customers and we support the principles of diversity and reliability that are at the core of MCI's Custom Access service."
 "TCG was formed to give the business community choices in the emerging local telecommunications access market," said Robert Annunziata, chairman, president and CEO of Teleport Communications Group. "As the nation's oldest competitive local carrier, we have become a critical link for our private line and enhanced switched customers who demand diversity and network reliability. We applaud MCI's efforts in furthering diversity and greater customer choices."
 "Local access is an important part of any business's nationwide telecommunications network," said Ronald Beaumont, president, CEO of MFS Telecom, Inc. "As the nation's largest competitive access provider, MFS Telecom looks forward to working closely with MCI to help businesses design access solutions that can better withstand disruptions inadvertently caused by construction equipment, power outages, fires or explosions as well as outages that result from natural disasters such as floods, earthquakes or hurricanes."
 MCI said the two cable operators participating in the service are Cablevision Systems Corporation, the nation's fourth largest cable operator, and Adelphia Cable Communications Inc., through its division Hyperion Telecommunications Inc. Cablevision was the first cable company to provide dedicated fiber optic access directly from a customer's location to MCI's network. A number of businesses on Long Island access MCI's network through access lines provided by Cablevision.
 "This new MCI service promotes both competition and cooperation in the local telecommunications access market," said Crane. "MCI's commitment is to offer its customers a selection of high quality access solutions. MCI appreciates the very positive support it has received from the premier vendors that are included in the MCI Custom Access service offering."
 Crane said typical access solutions include entrance diversity, where access enters a building through two different routes; path diversity, where access is provided through two or more separate paths; Central Office diversity, where access is provided through two different Central Office locations; carrier Point of Presence diversity, where access is provided through two different carrier points of presence in a city; and local vendor diversity, where diversity is provided through the use of two different local access providers.
 In addition to the Custom Access guarantee, called "Bullet Proof," MCI also announced a new proactive circuit monitoring service called MCI Sentry, which will detect degradation on an access line often before it is noticeable to a user and begin restoration procedures within 20 minutes. MCI Sentry, which will be available in the fourth quarter of 1993, will cover dedicated access lines from users' locations to MCI facilities. The service will be provided 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
 The Custom Access program also offers business users a consistent nationwide access pricing solution, Crane pointed out. MCI's monthly prices and the Access Pricing Plan, both of which are competitive across the country, offer a single discount schedule for each access type nationwide. MCI will also provide users with a single access invoice for each access line, rather users receiving invoices directly from a variety of vendors.
 MCI's National Accounts unit, based in Rye Brook, N.Y., markets to the world's largest corporations as well as to U.S. federal and state government agencies. MCI offers a full range of domestic and global telecommunications services. The company, with 1992 revenue of more than $10.6 billion, is the second largest long distance provider in the U.S. and has more than 60 overseas offices in 55 countries and places.
 MCI said its Custom Access service will be offered utilizing the services provided by the following companies who now will become MCI's access vendors of choice:
 Access Transmission Services, Inc., Richardson, TX
 Ameritech, Chicago
 Bell Atlantic, Philadelphia
 Bell South, Atlanta
 Cablevision Lightpath Inc., Woodbury, NY
 City Signal, Inc., Grand Rapids, MI
 Diginet Communications, Inc., Milwaukee
 Eastern TeleLogic Corp., King of Prussia, PA
 Electric Lightwave Inc., Vancouver, WA
 FAST, St. Louis
 Fibernet Inc., Rochester
 Fivecom, Waltham, MA
 GTE Telephone Operations, Irving, TX
 Hyperion Telecommunications, Pittsburgh
 Indiana Digital Access, Indianapolis
 Intermedia Communications of Florida Inc., Tampa
 KBLCOM Inc., Houston
 MetroComm, Columbus, OH
 MFS Telecom Inc., Chicago
 MWR Telecom Inc., Des Moines, IA
 NYNEX, New York
 Ohio LINX, Cleveland
 Pacific Telesis Group, San Francisco
 Penn Access Corp., Pittsburgh
 PrivaCom Inc., Charlotte
 PFI, Sacramento
 Southwestern Bell, St. Louis
 Public Services, Tulsa
 Teleport Communications Group, New York
 Teleport of Denver, Ltd., Denver
 US West, Englewood, CO
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 /CONTACT: Frank J. Walter of MCI National Accounts, 212-326-4389, or Linda Ruggieri of NYNEX, 914-644-5137, or Roger Cawley of Teleport, 718-983-2122, or John Houser of MCI News Bureau, 800-289-0073, or Claire Fennell of MFS Telecom, Inc., 708-218-7232, or Laura Littel of Ameritech Services, 708-248-2136/
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