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MFS AMONG FIRST NON-LOCAL EXCHANGE CARRIERS TO BECOME MEMBER OF ALLIANCE FOR TELECOMMUNICATIONS INDUSTRY SOLUTIONS

 OAKBROOK TERRACE, Ill. Oct. 6 /PRNewswire/ -- MFS Communications Co., Inc. (NASDAQ-NMS: MFST) (MFS) yesterday became one of the first telecommunications companies not classified as a Local Exchange Carrier (LEC) to become a member of the Alliance for Telecommunications Industry Solutions (ATIS). Formerly known as the Exchange Carriers Standards Association, ATIS membership was previously open only to LECs.
 This historic step of inviting competitors like MFS to join the organization is clear recognition of the sweeping changes in the telecommunications industry. "MFS is pleased to join ATIS and sees our membership as a sign that we are making headway in achieving the goal of competitive equality in the local exchange marketplace," said Ronald Beaumont, senior vice president of MFS, who will represent MFS at ATIS. "Being invited to sit at the table with the LECs gives MFS the opportunity to have a hand in shaping future national network standards and solutions to operations issues."
 Beaumont noted that the importance of the organization is underlined by the fact that the Federal Communications Commission often refers issues to ATIS' committees to develop industry solutions by consensus rather than through regulatory intervention.
 MFS is the nation's largest provider of competitive local access services and competes directly with all seven Regional Bell Operating Companies and other monopoly LECs.
 MFS has taken a leadership position in bringing competition to the local exchange. MFS' Local Equal Access Initiative, filed in 1989, resulted in orders by the Federal Communications Commission in Sept. 1992, and more recently, in Aug. 1993, allowing competitors to interconnect with LEC networks for the special access and interstate switched transport portions of local exchange services.
 ATIS was established in 1983 to resolve complex issues involving network reliability, numbering, operations, billing and interconnection standards.
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