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STATEMENT OF THE NATIONAL ASSOCIATION FOR INFORMATION SERVICES ON THE PASSED 'TELEPHONE DISCLOSURE AND DISPUTE RESOLUTION ACT' (H.R. 6191)

 STATEMENT OF THE NATIONAL ASSOCIATION FOR INFORMATION SERVICES ON THE
 PASSED 'TELEPHONE DISCLOSURE AND DISPUTE RESOLUTION ACT' (H.R. 6191)
 WASHINGTON, Oct. 12 /PRNewswire/ -- The Washington, D.C.-based National Association for Information Services (NAIS), which represents a broad array of companies within the interactive telemedia industry, including long distance carriers, regional bell operating companies (RBOC), service bureaus, information providers, and publishing companies, issued today the following statement regarding the "Telephone Disclosure and Dispute Resolution Act" (H.R. 6191), a comprehensive new Federal law designed to regulate the nation's $1 billion pay-per-call (900 number) interactive telemedia industry. The legislation was passed this week by Congress, and has been sent to the White House for final action.
 The "Telephone Disclosure and Dispute Resolution Act" essentially codifies comprehensive Federal regulations that the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) enacted in December 1991. Since the promulgation of FCC regulations last year, the multi-million dollar interactive telemedia industry has operated very well within these rules designed to protect consumers and provide clearer guidelines for businesses operating in the pay-per-call industry.
 Over the past two years, the industry, led by the NAIS, has worked closely with the FCC and the Congress to develop the current Federal regulations and the recently passed law governing pay-per-call services. This cooperative industry/government partnership has significantly decreased consumer complaints and increased the level of consumer confidence in the interactive telemedia industry. For example, according to a recent FCC report, complaints to the Commission about 900 telephone services declined sharply during the first six months of 1992. Pay-per-call complaints to the FCC dropped from 309 in June of 1991 to 82 in June of 1992.
 The existing FCC regulations along with the new Federal law passed this week will contribute to an even stronger business climate for the interactive telemedia industry. The Federal laws will continue to weed out the handful of "bad actors" in the interactive telemedia industry who have been the focus of consumer complaints and Congressional and FCC scrutiny. In addition, the existence of clearer and consistent Federal guidelines will enable those creative and responsible industry players who make up the majority of this industry to continue to develop and offer to consumers and businesses a wide variety of valuable interactive telemedia programs and services.
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 /CONTACT: Lisa A. Broderick, executive director of The National Association for Information Services, 202-833-2545, or 212-750-6493/ CO: National Association for Information Services ST: District of Columbia IN: TLS SU:


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