Coalition Says Telecom Competition Better for Workers and Consumers In Illinois

Economic Future of State at Risk Without New Telecom Law This Year



Apr 24, 2001, 01:00 ET from Illinois Coalition for Competitive Telecommunications

    CHICAGO, April 24 /PRNewswire Interactive News Release/ -- The Illinois
 Coalition for Competitive Telecommunications (ICCT) said today that continued
 monopoly control of the telecommunications market in Illinois will ultimately
 only hurt workers and cost jobs in the state.
     "SBC/Ameritech's neglect of the telecommunications infrastructure has
 already cost Illinois jobs because we are not in a good position to recruit
 new high-tech businesses," said Gary Mack, executive director of the Illinois
 Coalition for Competitive Telecommunications (ICCT).  "How can we possibly
 attract businesses like Boeing when even small businesses in Illinois can't
 get data and high-speed Internet services due to SBC/Ameritech's failures."
     Mack went on to point out that because of SBC/Ameritech's anti-competitive
 practices, smaller telecommunications companies attempting to provides local
 phone service, called competitive local exchange carriers (CLECs) are going
 out of business at an alarming rate.
     "CLECs employ people, too, and when one of these companies goes under it
 means lots of people lose their jobs," said Mack.
     As the Illinois General Assembly debates the rewrite of the state's
 telecommunications law, Mack urged lawmakers to consider the views of
 consumers, businesses and others even as the International Brotherhood of
 Electrical Workers voiced it's support for a bill backed by SBC/Ameritech.
     "The IBEW only represents one union and some workers.  But there are
 workers and consumers all over the state that must also be heard. I can
 certainly understand why the IBEW would side with SBC/Ameritech on this issue,
 given their stake in the company's success," said Mack.  "But their concerns
 must be weighed against those of small and large businesses and independent
 consumer groups such as Citizen Action and the Citizens Utility Board.  We
 have noticed a troubling trend that SBC's supporters tend to be organizations
 that are financially dependent on the Texas company."
 
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SOURCE Illinois Coalition for Competitive Telecommunications
    CHICAGO, April 24 /PRNewswire Interactive News Release/ -- The Illinois
 Coalition for Competitive Telecommunications (ICCT) said today that continued
 monopoly control of the telecommunications market in Illinois will ultimately
 only hurt workers and cost jobs in the state.
     "SBC/Ameritech's neglect of the telecommunications infrastructure has
 already cost Illinois jobs because we are not in a good position to recruit
 new high-tech businesses," said Gary Mack, executive director of the Illinois
 Coalition for Competitive Telecommunications (ICCT).  "How can we possibly
 attract businesses like Boeing when even small businesses in Illinois can't
 get data and high-speed Internet services due to SBC/Ameritech's failures."
     Mack went on to point out that because of SBC/Ameritech's anti-competitive
 practices, smaller telecommunications companies attempting to provides local
 phone service, called competitive local exchange carriers (CLECs) are going
 out of business at an alarming rate.
     "CLECs employ people, too, and when one of these companies goes under it
 means lots of people lose their jobs," said Mack.
     As the Illinois General Assembly debates the rewrite of the state's
 telecommunications law, Mack urged lawmakers to consider the views of
 consumers, businesses and others even as the International Brotherhood of
 Electrical Workers voiced it's support for a bill backed by SBC/Ameritech.
     "The IBEW only represents one union and some workers.  But there are
 workers and consumers all over the state that must also be heard. I can
 certainly understand why the IBEW would side with SBC/Ameritech on this issue,
 given their stake in the company's success," said Mack.  "But their concerns
 must be weighed against those of small and large businesses and independent
 consumer groups such as Citizen Action and the Citizens Utility Board.  We
 have noticed a troubling trend that SBC's supporters tend to be organizations
 that are financially dependent on the Texas company."
 
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