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S.L. CHAMBER BACKS `COHERENT U.S. POLICY’ ON TELECOMMUNICATIONS

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The board of governors of the Salt Lake Area Chamber of Commerce has adopted a resolution supporting a bill in Congress that would establish a "coherent national telecommunications policy."

It was five years ago that the Bell System was dismantled by a final judgment in federal court and regional Bell operating companies were prohibited from operating information services, manufacturing communications equipment and offering long distance services.Events of the past few years, the resolution said, suggest the restrictions imposed in the judgment are working against U.S. economic and consumer interests by:

- Preventing potentially effective competitors from developing and offering innovative products and services.

- Prohibiting the RBOCs from providing products and services in this country that foreign concerns are allowed to offer.

- Damaging the economy in the long run by fueling a decline in U.S. research and development spending, technological leadership and competitiveness in global high-tech markets.

The resolution said many members of Congress, the Federal Communications Commission, numerous state regulators, the Department of Justice, the RBOCs and millions of residential and commercial customers believe the harmful effects of the judgment could be avoided, if not reversed, by replacing the restrictions with effective regulator safeguards.

A national telecommunications policy, the resolution said, will allow all parties in the telecommunications business, including the RBOCs, the freedom to provide information services and design, manufacture and market telecommunications equipment that will accommodate the development of a state-of-the-art public telecommunications network to help the country compete in a global economy.