Information Processing: Telecommunications
TABLE: The Debate Takes Shape
Key issues in writing the law to deregulate telecommunications
Push for a set date, per- LOCAL VS. Favor preventing Baby
haps Jan. 1, 1998, to let LONG DISTANCE Bells from entering long
local and long distance distance until there is
rivals into each others' proof of competition in
markets--favoring the Bells. local calling.
Senator Bob Dole has said- CABLE TV Expected to fight off
he would like to repeal deregulation until there
the 1992 Cable Act, is real competition in
ending rate regulation. cable markets.
To protect rural constitu- UNIVERSAL Also eager to continue
ents, Republicans favor SERVICE subsidies. Plus the White
subsidies for rural phone House wants a fund, paid
companies and carriers of for by carriers, to wire
last resort for the poor schools and libraries for
and elderly. the I-way.
LISA KNOUSE BRAIMAN/BW