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                    Separate Statement of 
                 Chairman William E. Kennard

Re:  AT&T Corp. v. New York Telephone Company, d/b/a Bell 
Atlantic - New York

     I agree with the concerns that Commissioner Ness raises 
regarding Verizon's marketing practices.  I also agree that 
we need to consider local carriers' equal access and 
nondiscrimination obligations to take account of new 
competition in the marketplace as a result of the 
Telecommunications Act of 1996. I have asked the Bureau to 
present promptly a proposal in this regard to the 
                    Separate Statement of 
                   Commissioner Susan Ness

Re:  AT&T Corp. v. New York Telephone Company, d/b/a Bell 
     Atlantic - New York
     Although I support today's decision based on our rules, 
I am troubled by Verizon's marketing practices in New York.  
When customers call their local carrier to establish service 
on their primary line, carriers must tell those customers 
that they have a choice of long-distance providers.  Yet, 
when many customers call Verizon to order additional lines, 
it does not inform those consumers of their right to use a 
long-distance carrier other than Verizon.

     In passing the Telecommunications Act of 1996, Congress 
sought to promote competition in all telecommunications 
markets.  Consumers will only reap the benefits of 
competition if they have the information to choose the 
provider that best meets their needs.  

     The contours of the equal access and nondiscrimination 
requirements in section 251(g) were set at a time when Bell 
companies, such as Verizon, were the monopoly provider of 
local services and were prohibited from offering long-
distance services.  This complaint demonstrates the need to 
revisit those rules in light of changes in the marketplace.  
As companies enter markets from which they were previously 
barred, we should consider the equal access and 
nondiscrimination obligations that make sense in this new 
competitive era.  I urge the Commission to undertake such a