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 WASHINGTON, April 18 /PRNewswire/ -- To meet the growing demand of the some 20 million Internet users for fast, reliable messaging options, MCI Communications Corporation (NASDAQ-NMS: MCIC) announced it will provide free subscription to its electronic MCI Mail value-added delivery services.
 The service expansion, announced at the Electronic Messaging Association's (EMA) 1994 trade show in Anaheim, enables Internet users to send important electronic mail messages to any valid facsimile, telex, postal or courier address worldwide, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, at standard MCI Mail rates. The company plans to make these delivery options available in June to Internet users who register with MCI Mail.
 "The demand for more sophisticated messaging and information services will grow exponentially as businesses and consumers continue to take advantage of the capabilities developed through the convergence of multimedia, computers and telecommunications," said Marilyn Bardsley, MCI's vice president for messaging and information services.
 "Our efforts to expand MCI Mail services to the Internet user community is part of our overall networkMCI vision to harness technologies and turn them into real-world communications tools," said Bardsley.
 While Internet users have been able to exchange electronic mail messages and binary files with MCI Mail users since 1989, they did not have access to message delivery options or enhanced message handling capabilities commonly used by MCI Mail customers for years. Internet users must either go outside the Internet to send messages via other delivery methods or obtain them through specialized commercial providers on the Internet whose service offerings may be limited by available delivery choices and geographic coverage.
 With these new capabilities, Internet users can take advantage of MCI's full range of service options and enhanced features which include electronic message transfer to letterhead and use of signature graphics; image transmission via fax; alternate addressing when sending a fax; and automatic retry for fax and telex.
 According to Vinton G. Cerf, MCI's senior vice president for data architecture and president of the Internet Society, "the Internet community has always used electronic mail to communicate with associates.
 "Now, with the growth in the commercial Internet, we anticipate these millions of users will need access to reliable messaging services to supplement their e-mail correspondence. MCI Mail's global service is equipped to meet those needs," said Cerf.
 When the new options are available, Internet users will be able to register electronically for the services. Registration entitles users to have their mailbox information included in MCI Mail's online directory, as well as access to MCI Mail customer support.
 The cost to use these value-added services will be at the standard MCI Mail rates for fax, telex, postal and courier delivery. For further information and registration, Internet users should send an e-mail message to: and type `help' as the text of the message.
 MCI also will be providing information about the new service at the EMA trade show in the MCI exhibit booth #210.
 MCI Communications Corporation (NASDAQ-NMS: MCIC) headquartered in Washington, D.C., offers a full range of domestic and global telecommunications services through one of the world's largest state-of-the-art networks. The company, with 1993 revenue of nearly $12 billion, is the second largest long distance provider in the U.S. and has more than 65 offices in 60 countries and places.
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 /CONTACT: MCI Communications Corporation, 1-800-289-0073 or 202-887-3000, or at the Electronic Messaging Association Show, Craig Ziskin, MCI Booth No. 210/

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