despite the clear intent of the 1996 Telecommunications Act to open local markets to competition, Ameritech's ValueLink contracts, apparently ubiquitous throughout Michigan and other parts of Ameritech's territory, act to lock customers into Ameritech, not just for intraLATA, but for local service as well.
select Ameritech as their provider of intraLATA toll service;
Customers who are interested in switching their intraLATA service
Industry experts estimate that intraLATA service generates
Now, MCI will be able to offer affordable intrastate, intraLATA
and long-distance rates to those Californians that most need it.
Because of these actions and toll calling patterns, despite the fact that Michigan is only one of the five Ameritech states, Michigan now represents over HALF of Ameritech's current intraLATA
toll revenues -- Ameritech currently enjoys almost $800 million annually in Michigan toll revenues, much of which is beyond the competitive opportunity of carriers such as LDMI, which have significantly lower rates.
Following conversion of 10 percent of Ameritech's exchanges to dial 1 parity earlier this year, the company surveyed 500 customers who switched companies for their intraLATA
Michigan telephone customers will now be able to use the telephone carrier of their choice for long distance intraLATA
calls without restrictive access codes, and all telephone companies will be able to compete on equal terms for long distance intraLATA
Although Ameritech operates in a five-state region, fully half of Ameritech's intraLATA
toll revenues originate in Michigan -- Ameritech's intraLATA
toll revenues in Michigan alone are roughly $800 million per year, and have been growing rapidly.
amp;uot;Following the implementation of intraLATA
pre-subscription in May 1999, AT& switched hundreds of customers to its intraLATA
toll service without their knowledge or informed consent,&uot; the complaint said.
With headquarters in Atlanta, BellSouth serves approximately 21 million local telephone lines and provides local exchange and intraLATA
long distance service over one of the most modern telecommunications networks in the world.
Including the U S WEST and Pacific Bell payments, ICG has received more than $110 million in reciprocal compensation payments (local and intraLATA
toll payments) from Incumbent Local Exchange Carriers (ILECs).