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Frontier, ICS Connect
ICS/Executone Telecom Inc. announced yesterday that it has become an agent of Frontier Communications of Rochester Inc.
Under an agreement reached with the competitive subsidiary of Frontier Corp., ICS now can sell the full range of Frontier’s services, including local telephone, long distance, Centrex, voice mail and 800 service.
ICS had considered becoming a reseller of telephone services purchased from Rochester Telephone Corp., Frontier Corp.’s regulated wholesaler. In January, ICS was approved as a reseller by the state Public Service Commission.
As a reseller, ICS would have required billing and collection facilities, which it does not have at this time, President I.C. Shah said. Frontier Communications now will handle that aspect of the business.

Ex-Xerox Worker Sues
A former Xerox Corp. employee sued the company this week claiming racial discrimination.
Anthony Cooper contents he was dismissed in April 1994 after complaining to his white supervisors about racial insults in the workplace. The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission reviewed his complaint and in November issued a formal right-to-sue notice.
Cooper seeks $750,000 in damages, reinstatement with back pay, punitive damages and legal fees. Xerox does not comment on pending litigation, a spokesman said.

Business Visitors Rise
The Rochester area last year saw more business and convention visitors but fewer leisure travelers, according to figures released last week by the Greater Rochester Visitors Association Inc.
The number of meeting, convention and other business travelers rose some 5 percent. The number of leisure and special-events visitors fell 13 percent, due in part to the unfavorable Canadian currency exchange rate and the absence of the Empire State Games and Montage festival held in 1993, the association said. The Ryder Cup and other events should boost the numbers this year.

Microtel President Quits
Microtel Franchise and Development Corp.’s president has resigned after less than a year in the position.
The company this week said that George Justus, who took over as president in May, has left the job. A prepared statement cited Justus’ desire to pursue personal opportunities.
Justus, who joined the firm in 1988, will remain a director.
Anthony Wilson, Microtel chairman and CEO, will assume the presidency on an interim basis, the statement said.


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