Acceris Communications Inc.

Acceris Communications Inc.

March 09, 2005 11:09 ET

Acceris Suspends Accepting New Local UNE-P Orders


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FOR: ACCERIS COMMUNICATIONS INC.

OTC Bulletin Board SYMBOL: ACRS.OB
OTC Bulletin Board SYMBOL: CXSN
TSX SYMBOL: CXS

MARCH 9, 2005 - 11:09 ET

Acceris Suspends Accepting New Local UNE-P Orders

SOMERSET, NEW JERSEY--(CCNMatthews - March 9, 2005) - Acceris
Communications Inc. (OTC-BB:ACRS.OB) today announced that it will
suspend accepting orders for new local UNE-P customers in Pennsylvania,
New Jersey, New York, Florida and Massachusetts, while continuing to
support its current local UNE-P customers in those states. This action
is a result of the FCC's revision of its wholesale rules, originally
designed to introduce competition in local markets, which will go into
effect on March 11. The reversal of local competition policy by the FCC
has permitted the Bell companies to substantially raise wholesale rates
for the services known as unbundled network elements, or UNEs. These
increases have required Acceris to reassess its local strategy while it
attempts to negotiate long-term agreements for UNEs on competitive terms.

Acceris' announcement to suspend competing in five states for new
residential customers is a result of that reassessment. Acceris will
continue to provide local services to its approximately 25,000 existing
UNE-P customers in those states for the foreseeable future. Acceris
will make further assessments regarding UNE-P as it continues its review.

Acceris continues to provide a full suite of voice and data services to
residential and commercial customers, and is hopeful that it will
re-enter the market for UNE-P customers upon negotiating favorable terms
for these services.

Acceris Communications is a subsidiary of Counsel Corporation
(OTCBB:CXSN/TSX:CXS).

About Acceris Communications

Acceris is a broad based communications company serving residential,
small and medium-sized business and large enterprise customers in the
United States. A facilities-based carrier, it provides a range of
products including local dial tone and 1+ domestic and international
long distance voice services, as well as fully managed and fully
integrated data and enhanced services. Acceris offers its communications
products and services both directly and through a network of independent
agents, primarily via multi-level marketing and commercial agent
programs. Acceris also offers a proven network convergence solution for
voice and data in Voice over Internet Protocol ("VoIP") communications
technology and holds two foundational patents in the VoIP space. For
further information, please visit Acceris' website at www.acceris.com.

Forward-Looking Statements

This release contains certain "forward-looking statements" within the
meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and
Section 21E of the Exchange Act, as amended that are based on
management's exercise of business judgment as well as assumptions made
by and information currently available to management. When used in this
document, the words "may," "will," "anticipate," "believe," "estimate,"
"expect," "intend" and words of similar import, are intended to identify
any forward-looking statements. You should not place undue reliance on
these forward-looking statements. These statements reflect our current
view of future events and are subject to certain risks and uncertainties
as noted in our securities and other regulatory filings. Should one or
more of these risks or uncertainties materialize, or should underlying
assumptions prove incorrect, our actual results could differ materially
from those anticipated in these forward-looking statements. We undertake
no obligation and do not intend to update, revise or otherwise publicly
release any revisions to these forward-looking statements to reflect
events or circumstances after the date hereof or to reflect the
occurrence of any unanticipated events. Although we believe that our
expectations are based on reasonable assumptions, we can give no
assurance that our expectations will materialize. Many factors could
cause actual results to differ materially from our forward-looking
statements.

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Contact Information

  • FOR FURTHER INFORMATION PLEASE CONTACT:
    Acceris Communications Inc.
    Kelly Murumets
    President
    (416) 866-3187
    Kelly.murumets@acceris.com
    or
    Acceris Communications Inc.
    David Silverman
    Senior Vice President, General Counsel
    (301) 365-3699
    vid.silverman@acceris.com