Telecoms greet new era

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After President Clinton signed the new telecommunications legislation into law Thursday, AT&T Chairman Bob Allen said his company is focused on offering local service in each of the 50 states and will ``move as quickly as possible'' to accelerate that process. The company is forming seven regions throughout the country to handle the introduction and marketing of AT&T services--including local and long distance service, wireless, Internet access and eventually satellite TV.

Separately, BellSouth Cellular Corp. said beginning Friday it will offer long-distance service to its markets through its two operating units, BellSouth Mobility and American Cellular Communications Corp.

And MCI on Thursday began offering local service in Boston through its MCImetro subsidiary. ``The gloves are off and we are now free to take on the monopolies head-on,'' said Nate Davis, chief operating officer for MCImetro. Boston is one of 10 cities where MCImetro is ready to provide local service.

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