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MFS ANNOUNCES TAMPA NETWORK; BRINGS U.S. TOTAL TO 16 METROPOLITAN AREAS

 OAKBROOK TERRACE, Ill. /PRNewswire/ -- , Sept. 27 -- MFS Communications Company, Inc. (MFS) today announced plans to construct its 16th U.S. metropolitan network in Tampa, Fla.
 MFS is the nation's largest provider of competitive local access services and competes directly with all seven Regional Bell Operating Companies. As an integrated telecommunications company, MFS provides a wide range of high quality voice, data and other enhanced services and systems to satisfy the growing demands of communications-intensive business and government end users.
 The 100 percent fiber optic network is MFS' first in the fast growing Florida marketplace. The network will cover 50 route miles, encompassing both downtown and suburban locations, connecting 44 locations, including several GTE
central offices. Development and construction of the network will start immediately, with first service expected during the first quarter of 1994.
 "Serving Florida's leading industrial city, MFS's new network will provide local private line and special access telecommunications services, as well as local switched services to both business and government customers," said Royce Holland, MFS president. "Tampa also serves as a regional and national data operations center for many business and government operations, which will find our high-speed data transmission capabilities particularly attractive."
 In August, MFS premiered the first national Asynchronous Transfer Mode (ATM) network enabling customers to send large quantities of data and information across town or across country as quickly and easily as sending data from one computer to another within the same office building.
 As an example of the increased speed of data transmission using MFS' ATM network, Holland indicated that the time to transmit the amount of data contained in an average set of encyclopedias has now shrunk from over five hours to about 25 seconds.
 Regulatory Actions Altering Competitive Landscape
 MFS' new Tampa network will be connected to GTE central offices, allowing MFS to provide service to customers not directly connected to its network. "Competition is altering the landscape for telecommunications services in the local exchange marketplace," said Holland. "MFS has taken a leadership position in that process." Holland said that MFS' Local Equal Access Initiative, filed in 1989, was the catalyst resulting in orders by the Federal Communications Commission in September 1992, and more recently, in August 1993. These orders allow competitors to interconnect with Regional Bell Operating Company networks for the special access and interstate switched transport portions of local exchange services.
 "These historic actions pave the way for a vast array of competitive telecommunications services in the local exchange for business and government users in the future," Holland said.
 In addition to its efforts with the FCC, Holland said that MFS is active at state levels encouraging public utility commissions to adopt rules favoring competition in the local exchange.
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 /CONTACT: Josh Howell, 402-271-2890 or Steve Ingish, 708-218-7316, both of MFS/


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