G 99-219
For Immediate Release
December 22, 1999
Contact: Morrie Goodman
(202) 482-4883
Ranjit de Silva
(202) 482-7002

COMMERCE SECRETARY DALEY PRAISES HISTORIC FCC DECISION
TO OPEN NEW YORK TELECOMMUNICATIONS
MARKET TO COMPETITION

Daley says decision will mean more choices for consumers

WASHINGTON- Commerce Secretary William M. Daley said today a decision by the Federal Communications Commission that the New York local telephone market is open to competition is an historic step. The FCC today released a decision granting Bell Atlantic's request to offer long distance service in New York after Bell Atlantic had demonstrated that its local network was open to its competitors.

"The FCC's decision signals that Bell Atlantic has taken the necessary steps to open its local telephone network to competition in the State of New York," Daley said. "This landmark decision will mean that consumers will have more choices for both local and long distance telecommunications services, fulfilling one of the key goals of the Telecommunications Act of 1996," he said.

Daley also praised the New York Public Service Commission and the Department of Justice for their thorough reviews of the Bell Atlantic application. "Their exhaustive efforts and critical review was key to the success of this first approval," Daley said, adding, "I hope that this process will serve as a template and pave the way for competition in other states."

Noting that the FCC had included "anti-backsliding" safeguards in its order approving Bell Atlantic's application, Daley said: "Safeguards are necessary to ensure that the New York market remains open to competition and the benefits such competition will bring to consumers."
 


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