Table: The Debate Takes Shape
Key issues in writing the law to deregulate telecommunications REPUBLICANS DEMOCRATS 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
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