A year after passage of the Telecommunications Act of 1996, more than 440 local phone markets are ripe for competition, says a new report.
According to its second Competition Report, the U.S. Telephone Association says nearly every state has open markets.
In 1995, market-share losses in high-capacity local business service were 39 percent in Philadelphia; 35 percent in Pittsburgh; 32 percent in Washington, D.C.; 27 percent in Baltimore; 39 percent in Los Angeles; 37 percent in San Francisco; 50 percent in New York City; and 37 percent in Boston.
"Considering that nearly two-thirds of a local exchange carrier's revenues come from the business market, this is a considerable showing of competition taking hold," says Roy Neel, association president.
Since the release of the first report, interconnection agreements have almost doubled, up from the 250 reported in October 1996. (em JS
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