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Table: The Debate Takes Shape


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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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