Weak Support in Subcommittee is Red Flag for Congress

CompTel Urges Congress to Scrap Tauzin-Dingell Bill



Apr 26, 2001, 01:00 ET from Competitive Telecommunications Association

    WASHINGTON, April 26 /PRNewswire/ -- The following statement should be
 attributed to H. Russell Frisby, Jr., president of CompTel.  CompTel is the
 premier national trade association representing U.S. and international
 competitive communications companies and their suppliers.
 
     "The fact that the Tauzin-Dingell bill barely passed the
 Telecommunications and Internet subcommittee after a fierce battle is a red
 flag to Congress. The underlying premise of HR 1542 is that competition isn't
 'worth worrying about.' That's absurd. It is the policy of this nation to
 promote wireline competition so that the American consumers and our economy
 will not be solely dependent upon the Bell monopoly for communications needs.
     "For two years, the Bell companies have been relying on their made-up
 distinctions between voice and data as their ticket out from under the law.
 And though there wasn't a network engineer in America who believed them, they
 sure got Congress to. But today, at long last, it truth has carried the day.
 The RBOC Emperors were finally revealed without their clothes, as the
 distinguished Chairman of the House Commerce and Energy Committee concluded
 that there is indeed no such distinction."
 
     Based in Washington DC, CompTel (Competitive Telecommunications
 Association) is the premier trade association representing the interests of
 the competitive communications industry.  The association serves U.S. and
 international communications firms and their suppliers who offer a variety of
 local, domestic and international long-distance, Internet, voice, data and
 wireless services.  Founded in 1981, CompTel members include global and
 national firms, regional carriers and emerging local competitive companies,
 including major competitive local exchange companies (CLECs).  For more
 information, visit http://www.comptel.org .
 
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SOURCE Competitive Telecommunications Association
    WASHINGTON, April 26 /PRNewswire/ -- The following statement should be
 attributed to H. Russell Frisby, Jr., president of CompTel.  CompTel is the
 premier national trade association representing U.S. and international
 competitive communications companies and their suppliers.
 
     "The fact that the Tauzin-Dingell bill barely passed the
 Telecommunications and Internet subcommittee after a fierce battle is a red
 flag to Congress. The underlying premise of HR 1542 is that competition isn't
 'worth worrying about.' That's absurd. It is the policy of this nation to
 promote wireline competition so that the American consumers and our economy
 will not be solely dependent upon the Bell monopoly for communications needs.
     "For two years, the Bell companies have been relying on their made-up
 distinctions between voice and data as their ticket out from under the law.
 And though there wasn't a network engineer in America who believed them, they
 sure got Congress to. But today, at long last, it truth has carried the day.
 The RBOC Emperors were finally revealed without their clothes, as the
 distinguished Chairman of the House Commerce and Energy Committee concluded
 that there is indeed no such distinction."
 
     Based in Washington DC, CompTel (Competitive Telecommunications
 Association) is the premier trade association representing the interests of
 the competitive communications industry.  The association serves U.S. and
 international communications firms and their suppliers who offer a variety of
 local, domestic and international long-distance, Internet, voice, data and
 wireless services.  Founded in 1981, CompTel members include global and
 national firms, regional carriers and emerging local competitive companies,
 including major competitive local exchange companies (CLECs).  For more
 information, visit http://www.comptel.org .
 
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