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STATEMENT BY R. L. MICKEY MCGUIRE CHAIRMAN OF MFJ TASK FORCE

 WASHINGTON, Jan. 11 /PRNewswire/ -- The following was issued today by BellSouth media relations:
 Background: In a speech in Los Angeles this afternoon, Vice
 President Gore gave additional information on the Clinton
 Administration's approach to telecommunications legislation.
 STATEMENT BY R. L. MICKEY MCGUIRE, CHAIRMAN MFJ TASK FORCE
 (Spokesman for the Regional Bell Companies)
 "The Bell companies stand ready to meet Vice-President Gore's challenge to help wire America. Not only have we already pledged to make the investment in the infrastructure, but we have also already expressed our desire to wire every school, hospital and medical clinic and library in our individual service areas within five years of full and simultaneous removal of current legal and regulatory barriers to market entry. Further, we've also shown how we can lower prices for long-distance and cable services and help create 3.6 million new jobs. But we can't do any of these things if we're not allowed to fully enter the marketplace.
 "We applaud the Clinton Administration's commitment to "regulatory symmetry," and believe that the Administration's telecommunications policy must be designed to protect and enhance competition and move away from policies that protect competitors.
 "We are also pleased that the Administration has outlined its commitment to ensuring that those who compete at the local level contribute to universal service. We at the Bell companies are proud of our record of universal service, and look forward to working with the Administration and others to help redefine this concept to meet the challenges ahead.
 "We also agree with Mr. Gore that, to the greatest extent possible, government should get out of the way -- acting as a catalyst and letting American companies deploy the exciting new technology that will make life easier for all Americans.
 "Any safeguards that are deemed necessary should punish anti- competitive acts not prevent free and open competition. To make sure that the benefits of the Information Age get to all Americans as soon as possible, the Bell companies must be allowed to compete now.
 "The Bell companies hope Congress not only changes the rules, but changes them now -- effective immediately -- so we can start delivering educational, health care and other valuable services to the American public -- without further delay."
 NOTE: Mr. McGuire, executive vice president of BellSouth Corporation, (NYSE: BLS), is chairman of the MFJ Task Force, an ad hoc committee of the seven Bell companies which was formed to coordinate legislative strategy for removing the restrictions on the Bell companies contained in the 1982 AT&T Consent Decree and the Cable Act of 1984.
 -0- 1/11/94
 /CONTACT: Peter Lincoln of BellSouth Corporation, 202-955-3050/
 (BLS)


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