Allegiance Telecom Applauds FCC Order on Competitive Carrier Access Charges

Apr 27, 2001, 01:00 ET from Allegiance Telecom, Inc.

    DALLAS, April 27 /PRNewswire/ -- Allegiance Telecom, Inc. (Nasdaq:   ALGX),
 a leading facilities-based integrated communications provider, applauded the
 Federal Communications Commission (FCC) for releasing an order regarding how
 much competitive local exchange carriers (CLECs) can tariff and charge long
 distance companies for interstate access charges.  The Commission's order
 released today prescribes an initial rate of 2.5 cents per minute for
 interstate access charges and a transition period of three years for reduction
 of these charges to parity with incumbent local exchange carrier (ILEC) access
 charges.
     The access charge order is one of three FCC actions that have been
 announced in the last week.  The other orders relate to reciprocal
 compensation for the exchange of traffic between local exchange carriers and a
 Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) to update intercarrier compensation
 rules.
     "The FCC action provides rules of engagement for intercarrier compensation
 in a competitive environment," said Royce J. Holland, chairman and CEO of
 Allegiance Telecom.  "The order defining interstate access charge rates and a
 transition period is especially timely since this issue has been the source of
 numerous time-consuming disputes and a large amount of uncertainty for the
 CLEC industry.  I especially want to commend Chairman Powell, the other
 Commissioners and their staff, and the Common Carrier Bureau for their
 expeditious efforts in developing rules that will lead to a more competitive
 market environment," he said.
     Holland also noted Commissioner Susan Ness' announcement that she will
 depart the Commission on June 1.  "Commissioner Ness has been a true friend to
 the competitive community during her tenure at the FCC and I want to thank her
 for all that she has done to make local competition a reality," he said.
     Based in Dallas, Allegiance Telecom is a facilities-based integrated
 communications provider (ICP) offering businesses a complete package of
 telecommunications services, including local, long distance, international
 calling, high-speed data transmission and Internet services.  Allegiance is
 targeting a total of 36 major metropolitan areas with its "one-stop shopping"
 approach.  The company's Web address is: www.algx.com .  Allegiance's common
 stock is traded on the Nasdaq National Market under the symbol ALGX.
 
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    DALLAS, April 27 /PRNewswire/ -- Allegiance Telecom, Inc. (Nasdaq:   ALGX),
 a leading facilities-based integrated communications provider, applauded the
 Federal Communications Commission (FCC) for releasing an order regarding how
 much competitive local exchange carriers (CLECs) can tariff and charge long
 distance companies for interstate access charges.  The Commission's order
 released today prescribes an initial rate of 2.5 cents per minute for
 interstate access charges and a transition period of three years for reduction
 of these charges to parity with incumbent local exchange carrier (ILEC) access
 charges.
     The access charge order is one of three FCC actions that have been
 announced in the last week.  The other orders relate to reciprocal
 compensation for the exchange of traffic between local exchange carriers and a
 Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) to update intercarrier compensation
 rules.
     "The FCC action provides rules of engagement for intercarrier compensation
 in a competitive environment," said Royce J. Holland, chairman and CEO of
 Allegiance Telecom.  "The order defining interstate access charge rates and a
 transition period is especially timely since this issue has been the source of
 numerous time-consuming disputes and a large amount of uncertainty for the
 CLEC industry.  I especially want to commend Chairman Powell, the other
 Commissioners and their staff, and the Common Carrier Bureau for their
 expeditious efforts in developing rules that will lead to a more competitive
 market environment," he said.
     Holland also noted Commissioner Susan Ness' announcement that she will
 depart the Commission on June 1.  "Commissioner Ness has been a true friend to
 the competitive community during her tenure at the FCC and I want to thank her
 for all that she has done to make local competition a reality," he said.
     Based in Dallas, Allegiance Telecom is a facilities-based integrated
 communications provider (ICP) offering businesses a complete package of
 telecommunications services, including local, long distance, international
 calling, high-speed data transmission and Internet services.  Allegiance is
 targeting a total of 36 major metropolitan areas with its "one-stop shopping"
 approach.  The company's Web address is: www.algx.com .  Allegiance's common
 stock is traded on the Nasdaq National Market under the symbol ALGX.
 
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