Market is Open…Consumers Benefit…It's Time
is the largest and most competitive communications market in the
nation. Pacific Bell has worked with the California Public Utilities
Commission over the past several years to open the local telephone
market to competition and bring consumers savings and choice.
consumers will benefit immediately from Pacific Bell's long distance
entry: prices will fall, choices will increase, services will improve,
and companies will provide one-stop shopping. All companies will
step up services and cut prices in the face of competition.
more than 250 telecommunications companies have been approved to
provide service in the state. These companies provide service to
more than 2.3 million access lines across the state. Pacific Bell,
working with the PUC and competitors in collaborative workshops,
has implemented system upgrades and modifications, reduced the price
for leasing Pacific Bell's network, and ensured orders from competitors
are processed quickly and efficiently.
of California's Telecom Industry
approved to provide service
agreements with competitors
orders processed (since 2/6/96)
ported to competitors
lines served by competitors
Bell is completing independent, third-party testing of its systems
- the final stage of its long distance application. The fact is
that California's market is more competitive and open than New York's,
where Bell Atlantic was authorized to offer long distance service
by the Federal Communications Commission.
Pacific Bell's network, pricing, and systems meet or surpass those
of Bell Atlantic.
is only one sector of the state's $59.8 billion communications market
that is not open to all competitors: long distance. Pacific Bell
wants to offer consumers the entire range of services they want
and need in one bundled, convenient package. Entry into the $14.7
billion long distance market will bring needed competition and savings
for California consumers.
today want "one stop shopping" for their communications needs. By
providing long distance service, Pacific Bell will be able to respond
to consumer demand and package telecom services in a single bill,
offering consumers discounts and price breaks for all the services
they want. Pacific Bell will be able to offer business and residential
customers local and long distance phone service, Internet and data
services and wireless communications.
the three largest long distance companies that control 80% of California's
market, Pacific Bell will offer simple, easy to use and understand
long distance plans that do not have "monthly minimum fees" that
range from $4 to $8. Pacific Bell's entry into the long distance
market will also have a profound impact on the choices and prices
consumers pay for local phone services. The long distance providers
will be forced to lower prices and begin to offer residential customers
local telephone service if they are to compete head to head with
Pacific Bell - that is just what happened in New York.
to USA Today, AT&T; is "offering local phone service to customers
in New York state, the company's first broad push back to
the residential consumer market...AT&T;'s move comes on the
heels of similar offerings from Sprint and MCI/Worldcom, which
provide some local service in New York."
than two years ago, Pacific Bell filed its long distance application
with the PUC. After a collaborative effort, the marketplace is open
and Pacific Bell meets or surpasses the 14-point checklist used
by the FCC to evaluate applications. Pacific Bell has opened its
network - now it's time for California consumers to enjoy the benefits
of increased competition.
Consumers Union reported Bell Atlantic is offering New York
Consumers real cost savings, including those who do not make
a lot of long distance calls. The Consumers Union further asks,
"When will the telecommunications companies and regulators offer
consumers nationwide the same benefits of lower prices for local
phone and long distance services that New Yorkers receive?"