Business Coalition: SBC/Ameritech Admits Infrastructure Still Inadequate

Years of Neglect Can't be Made Up in a Few Months



Apr 23, 2001, 01:00 ET from Illinois Coalition for Competitive Telecommunications

    CHICAGO, April 23 /PRNewswire Interactive News Release/ -- As SBC
 Communications, Ameritech's parent company, released its quarterly earnings,
 it was forced to admit to investors that its infrastructure in Illinois is
 still not up to snuff.  Blaming the costs for conducting long overdue
 maintenance on the Ameritech infrastructure for its weak performance, the
 Texas conglomerate failed to accept responsibility for Ameritech's documented
 record of infrastructure disinvestment, which is the reason behind the service
 meltdown Illinois customers have been suffering through.
     "The fact of the matter is that Ameritech failed to invest in its
 infrastructure for years in order to boost profits.  This is doubly damaging
 to consumers," said Gary Mack, executive director of the Illinois Coalition
 for Competitive Telecommunications (ICCT). "First, it means service
 deteriorates, which we've seen in the service meltdown of 2000 and 2001.
 Second, it means the infrastructure is too weak to support competing phone
 companies -- so not only are people receiving bad service from SBC/Ameritech,
 they're unable to look for better service because there's no one able to
 compete for their business."
     In a conference call with Wall Street analysts and investors today, SBC
 also reiterated its decision to stop deployment of DSL, which means millions
 of Illinoisans will be unable to purchase high-speed Internet access.  SBC
 continues to blame their decision on a decision by the Illinois Commerce
 Commission (ICC) to enforce an existing federal law on competition in the DSL
 market.
     "The ICC made a good ruling that SBC continues to whine about.  The fact
 is this monopoly thinks it's above the law and shouldn't have to play by the
 rules.  Because of their arrogance, Illinois consumers are hurt and the
 Illinois economy, which depends on a sound technology infrastructure, is put
 at risk," said Mack.  "What SBC essentially said today is that they will not
 offer services in a competitive market, and if that means that half the people
 in Illinois never get DSL, then too bad."
 
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SOURCE Illinois Coalition for Competitive Telecommunications
    CHICAGO, April 23 /PRNewswire Interactive News Release/ -- As SBC
 Communications, Ameritech's parent company, released its quarterly earnings,
 it was forced to admit to investors that its infrastructure in Illinois is
 still not up to snuff.  Blaming the costs for conducting long overdue
 maintenance on the Ameritech infrastructure for its weak performance, the
 Texas conglomerate failed to accept responsibility for Ameritech's documented
 record of infrastructure disinvestment, which is the reason behind the service
 meltdown Illinois customers have been suffering through.
     "The fact of the matter is that Ameritech failed to invest in its
 infrastructure for years in order to boost profits.  This is doubly damaging
 to consumers," said Gary Mack, executive director of the Illinois Coalition
 for Competitive Telecommunications (ICCT). "First, it means service
 deteriorates, which we've seen in the service meltdown of 2000 and 2001.
 Second, it means the infrastructure is too weak to support competing phone
 companies -- so not only are people receiving bad service from SBC/Ameritech,
 they're unable to look for better service because there's no one able to
 compete for their business."
     In a conference call with Wall Street analysts and investors today, SBC
 also reiterated its decision to stop deployment of DSL, which means millions
 of Illinoisans will be unable to purchase high-speed Internet access.  SBC
 continues to blame their decision on a decision by the Illinois Commerce
 Commission (ICC) to enforce an existing federal law on competition in the DSL
 market.
     "The ICC made a good ruling that SBC continues to whine about.  The fact
 is this monopoly thinks it's above the law and shouldn't have to play by the
 rules.  Because of their arrogance, Illinois consumers are hurt and the
 Illinois economy, which depends on a sound technology infrastructure, is put
 at risk," said Mack.  "What SBC essentially said today is that they will not
 offer services in a competitive market, and if that means that half the people
 in Illinois never get DSL, then too bad."
 
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