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AT&T to Cut Rates for Long-Distance Interstate Calls

December 31, 1987|Associated Press

WASHINGTON — American Telephone & Telegraph Co. said today that it will lower its interstate long-distance rates $772 million, or 3.5%, to reflect lower charges it pays for connections to the local phone network.

The change takes effect at midnight tonight.

AT&T's average residential customer who pays about $9 monthly in interstate long-distance calls will save about 21 cents, the company said.

Daytime rates will be cut the most--6.4%. Evening rates will drop 1.9% and late-night and weekend rates will go down 0.6%.

AT&T has said it needs to make daytime rates more competitive, and though that would tend to benefit business customers the most, the company says residential customers account for about 45% of daytime use.

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