KMC Telecom Urges Consumers to Oppose the Internet Freedom And Broadband Deployment Act

Bill Introduced in Congress Will Reduce Local Competition

and Raise Consumer Prices For Internet Access



Apr 26, 2001, 01:00 ET from KMC Telecom

    BEDMINSTER, N.J., April 26 /PRNewswire/ -- KMC Telecom (KMC), a nationwide
 provider of fiber-based integrated communications, is urging consumers across
 the U.S. to oppose the Tauzin-Dingell bill introduced by House Energy and
 Commerce Committee Chairman Billy Tauzin and Representative John Dingell.  The
 bill retracts the key local telecommunications market opening requirements
 contained in the Telecommunications Act of 1996, which paved the way for
 greater competition in local markets.
     "The Tauzin-Dingell bill is not only unnecessary, it would be
 counterproductive to the deployment of broadband services because it reduces
 the incentives for the Bell Companies to open their local markets to
 competition," said William F. Lenahan, CEO, KMC Telecom.  "The result for
 consumers will be fewer Internet access options and higher prices. The
 solution is to enforce strict adherence to the measures set forth in the
 Telecommunications Act of 1996 rather than to extend the Bell Companies'
 monopoly into broadband services."
     Designed to deregulate Internet and high-speed data services, the
 Tauzin-Dingell bill would actually allow the Bell Companies to enter the data
 long distance market before they open their local markets to competition, a
 requirement set forth in the Act of 1996.  If enacted, the bill will enable
 the Bell Companies to block competitors from leasing or reselling the network
 components necessary to provide broadband services and will stop regulators
 from fixing anti-competitive practices.  This would essentially extend the
 Bell Companies' monopoly control over local telephone service into a dominant
 position over Internet access.
     Most people currently access the Internet via a telephone line through a
 dial-up service, however consumers are increasingly demanding faster
 connections such as digital subscriber lines (DSL).  This Bill would allow the
 Bell Companies to strengthen their grip on local access into American homes
 and small businesses, leaving consumers with fewer choices and higher prices
 for Internet access.
     Roscoe C. Young, President and COO, KMC Telecom, added, "The reality is
 that the Bell Companies already control 70% of the high-speed data market and
 still have a monopoly on more than 90% of the $110 billion local service
 market. Current law does not prevent them from offering broadband services as
 long as those services do not cross LATA (Local Access and Transport Area)
 boundaries.  In fact, the Bell Companies can enter long distance and provide
 any service they wish across LATA boundaries once their local markets are
 opened to competition as mandated by Congress."
     The Telecommunications Act of 1996 was designed to open the local telecom
 markets controlled by the "Baby Bell" monopolies and to facilitate
 competition, which has been proven to reduce prices, enhance technology and to
 give consumers more choices.
 
     About KMC Telecom
     KMC Telecom is a nationwide provider of next generation telecommunications
 infrastructure and services at the network edge.  A fiber-based integrated
 communications provider, KMC offers data, voice and Internet infrastructure
 services to businesses, governments and institutional end-users, Internet
 service providers, long distance carriers and wireless service providers.
 KMC's business has two distinct components:  serving communications-intensive
 customers in markets with populations between 100,000 and 750,000, referred to
 as Tier III markets, and providing data services on a nationwide basis.
 
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SOURCE KMC Telecom
    BEDMINSTER, N.J., April 26 /PRNewswire/ -- KMC Telecom (KMC), a nationwide
 provider of fiber-based integrated communications, is urging consumers across
 the U.S. to oppose the Tauzin-Dingell bill introduced by House Energy and
 Commerce Committee Chairman Billy Tauzin and Representative John Dingell.  The
 bill retracts the key local telecommunications market opening requirements
 contained in the Telecommunications Act of 1996, which paved the way for
 greater competition in local markets.
     "The Tauzin-Dingell bill is not only unnecessary, it would be
 counterproductive to the deployment of broadband services because it reduces
 the incentives for the Bell Companies to open their local markets to
 competition," said William F. Lenahan, CEO, KMC Telecom.  "The result for
 consumers will be fewer Internet access options and higher prices. The
 solution is to enforce strict adherence to the measures set forth in the
 Telecommunications Act of 1996 rather than to extend the Bell Companies'
 monopoly into broadband services."
     Designed to deregulate Internet and high-speed data services, the
 Tauzin-Dingell bill would actually allow the Bell Companies to enter the data
 long distance market before they open their local markets to competition, a
 requirement set forth in the Act of 1996.  If enacted, the bill will enable
 the Bell Companies to block competitors from leasing or reselling the network
 components necessary to provide broadband services and will stop regulators
 from fixing anti-competitive practices.  This would essentially extend the
 Bell Companies' monopoly control over local telephone service into a dominant
 position over Internet access.
     Most people currently access the Internet via a telephone line through a
 dial-up service, however consumers are increasingly demanding faster
 connections such as digital subscriber lines (DSL).  This Bill would allow the
 Bell Companies to strengthen their grip on local access into American homes
 and small businesses, leaving consumers with fewer choices and higher prices
 for Internet access.
     Roscoe C. Young, President and COO, KMC Telecom, added, "The reality is
 that the Bell Companies already control 70% of the high-speed data market and
 still have a monopoly on more than 90% of the $110 billion local service
 market. Current law does not prevent them from offering broadband services as
 long as those services do not cross LATA (Local Access and Transport Area)
 boundaries.  In fact, the Bell Companies can enter long distance and provide
 any service they wish across LATA boundaries once their local markets are
 opened to competition as mandated by Congress."
     The Telecommunications Act of 1996 was designed to open the local telecom
 markets controlled by the "Baby Bell" monopolies and to facilitate
 competition, which has been proven to reduce prices, enhance technology and to
 give consumers more choices.
 
     About KMC Telecom
     KMC Telecom is a nationwide provider of next generation telecommunications
 infrastructure and services at the network edge.  A fiber-based integrated
 communications provider, KMC offers data, voice and Internet infrastructure
 services to businesses, governments and institutional end-users, Internet
 service providers, long distance carriers and wireless service providers.
 KMC's business has two distinct components:  serving communications-intensive
 customers in markets with populations between 100,000 and 750,000, referred to
 as Tier III markets, and providing data services on a nationwide basis.
 
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