Sprint Statement on Tauzin Telecom Bill

Apr 24, 2001, 01:00 ET from Sprint

    KANSAS CITY, Mo., April 24 /PRNewswire Interactive News Release/ --
 This statement, from J. Richard Devlin, Executive Vice President and General
 Counsel of Sprint, is in response to the introduction of a bill by U.S. House
 Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Billy Tauzin (R-LA).  This bill would
 allow Regional Bell Operating Companies (RBOCs) the ability to provide long
 distance data services in markets where they have not been given authority to
 provide long distance voice services.
     (Photo:  http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20001013/SPRINTLOGO )
     "Sprint shares Chairman Tauzin's goal of delivering high-speed broadband
 services throughout the country at a pace as fast as is practical.
 Unfortunately, we believe that the bill just introduced by the Chairman won't
 accomplish the goal we all seek.
     "To allow the RBOCs long distance data authority through legislation would
 drastically undermine the basic tenets of local competition agreed to by
 Congress and the industry as part of the landmark 1996 Telecommunications Act.
 Industry trends clearly show that data is the growth area of the long distance
 business, and that in a digital world, the distinctions between data and voice
 are irrelevant.  Sprint believes this legislation would take away most, if not
 all, of the incentive for the RBOCs to open their markets to local
 competition.
     "This legislation fails to recognize that more competition in the
 marketplace -- not a gutting of the Telecom Act -- will be the catalyst for
 faster development of advanced data services.
     "Progress toward local competition promised by the Telecommunications Act
 has been slow and halting, due in large part to the obstructive behavior of
 the Bell telephone monopolies.  Adding this legislation to the mix will
 virtually ensure that the goal of enduring competition at the local level will
 not be realized.  We look forward to continuing to work with Chairman Tauzin
 in his efforts to ensure that the promise of the Telecom Act is delivered."
 
     About Sprint
     Sprint is a world-class global communications company -- at the forefront
 of integrating wireline and wireless communications services. Sprint is a
 large carrier of Internet traffic and a leader in broadband communications.
 The company built and operates the United States' first nationwide
 all-digital, fiber-optic network and provides a portfolio of advanced data
 communications services. It operates the largest 100-percent digital,
 100-percent nationwide PCS wireless network in the United States, already
 serving the majority of the nation's metropolitan areas including more than
 4,000 cities and communities across the country. Sprint has $23 billion in
 annual revenues and serves more than 23 million business and residential
 customers.
 
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    KANSAS CITY, Mo., April 24 /PRNewswire Interactive News Release/ --
 This statement, from J. Richard Devlin, Executive Vice President and General
 Counsel of Sprint, is in response to the introduction of a bill by U.S. House
 Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Billy Tauzin (R-LA).  This bill would
 allow Regional Bell Operating Companies (RBOCs) the ability to provide long
 distance data services in markets where they have not been given authority to
 provide long distance voice services.
     (Photo:  http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20001013/SPRINTLOGO )
     "Sprint shares Chairman Tauzin's goal of delivering high-speed broadband
 services throughout the country at a pace as fast as is practical.
 Unfortunately, we believe that the bill just introduced by the Chairman won't
 accomplish the goal we all seek.
     "To allow the RBOCs long distance data authority through legislation would
 drastically undermine the basic tenets of local competition agreed to by
 Congress and the industry as part of the landmark 1996 Telecommunications Act.
 Industry trends clearly show that data is the growth area of the long distance
 business, and that in a digital world, the distinctions between data and voice
 are irrelevant.  Sprint believes this legislation would take away most, if not
 all, of the incentive for the RBOCs to open their markets to local
 competition.
     "This legislation fails to recognize that more competition in the
 marketplace -- not a gutting of the Telecom Act -- will be the catalyst for
 faster development of advanced data services.
     "Progress toward local competition promised by the Telecommunications Act
 has been slow and halting, due in large part to the obstructive behavior of
 the Bell telephone monopolies.  Adding this legislation to the mix will
 virtually ensure that the goal of enduring competition at the local level will
 not be realized.  We look forward to continuing to work with Chairman Tauzin
 in his efforts to ensure that the promise of the Telecom Act is delivered."
 
     About Sprint
     Sprint is a world-class global communications company -- at the forefront
 of integrating wireline and wireless communications services. Sprint is a
 large carrier of Internet traffic and a leader in broadband communications.
 The company built and operates the United States' first nationwide
 all-digital, fiber-optic network and provides a portfolio of advanced data
 communications services. It operates the largest 100-percent digital,
 100-percent nationwide PCS wireless network in the United States, already
 serving the majority of the nation's metropolitan areas including more than
 4,000 cities and communities across the country. Sprint has $23 billion in
 annual revenues and serves more than 23 million business and residential
 customers.
 
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