The New Era Begins In Rochester

Competition in local phone service is more than just a dream in Rochester, N.Y. On Jan. 1, it became the first U.S. city in 75 years to allow residents a choice of local carriers. Rochester Telephone Corp. lets any and all comers connect to its network and its customers. The reward: an end to Rochester Tel's state-mandated profit limits and the right for it to offer long-distance and video services. The agreement makes this Great Lakes community of 750,000 a test bed for the telecommunications battle to come.

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