The Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission (URC) has authorized MCI Telecommunications Corp., an interexchange carrier, to provide certain local business telephone services in the Indianapolis area on a two-year trial basis. These services (em which MCI will resell under an agreement with Hancock Rural Telephone Corp., a local exchange carrier (LEC) (em were previously offered exclusively by either Hancock or Ameritech Indiana, another LEC serving the Indianapolis area. The trial program is the result of a settlement agreement between MCI and Hancock. (Ameritech did not sign the settlement agreement, although it was a party to the case.) An interim fee of one cent per minute was adopted to compensate interconnecting LECs. The URC said that broader policy and compensation issues associated with competition in the local telephone market are currently being examined in an ongoing generic proceeding. Re MCI Telecommunications Corp., Cause Nos. 39948 and 40130, Nov. 21, 1995 (Ind.U.R.C.).
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