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Leading Telecom Providers Support Jobs for Kentucky Plan

April 2, 2004
Governor's Communications Office

Governor Fletcher, Bipartisan Leaders Welcome the Support of ALLTEL, BellSouth, Cincinnati Bell, and Insight

With yet another strong showing of support for the Governor’s bipartisan, bicameral tax proposal, ALLTEL, BellSouth, Cincinnati Bell and Insight have signaled their support for the “JOBS for Kentucky” plan. Specifically, each company has recognized the importance of simplifying communications taxes so that they are balanced and apply uniformly.

"Insight has long advocated that Kentucky's tax system on communications customers and providers is unlevel, unfair, and unconstitutional. Kentucky's courts now agree. We applaud Governor Fletcher's plan that will fix this problem, encourage investment by all communications companies and, most importantly, encourage competition for the benefit of all Kentucky's consumers," stated Michael S. Willner, Chief Executive Officer for Insight Communications.

“This plan fixes an outdated tax system and will make Kentucky more competitive for the deployment of next-generation telecommunications,” said Eddy Roberts, President of BellSouth Kentucky Operations.

“We applaud the Governor for taking this positive step toward modernizing Kentucky’s antiquated telecommunication’s tax structure. This plan positions Kentucky as a leader for the New Economy,” stated Greg Coker, Vice President of External Affairs for ALLTEL.

Governor Fletcher’s “JOBS for Kentucky” plan establishes a new broad-based communications excise tax on cable and – for the first time satellite television providers – at 7.62 percent, replacing myriad state and local taxes. Also included are all telephone services (wireless and land-based).

“This plan means businesses will no longer be penalized for being based here and that companies will not be rewarded for being based in another state,” stated Governor Ernie Fletcher. “It is essential that we simplify our communications taxes to make them easier to collect, and changed to make sure that they are applied uniformly.”

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Jason Keller
Governor's Communications Office
Office (502) 564-2611

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