SBC Expands Broadband Availability in Evansville and Newburgh; Residents to Enjoy Premier High Speed Internet Access Service

Evansville, Indiana, December 7, 2004

SBC Communications Inc., today announced the expanded availability of DSL service to more residents and businesses in Evansville and Newburgh. The deployment builds upon existing high speed Internet access service the company has in the area and is part of an ongoing commitment to bring the benefits of broadband to as many customers as possible.

SBC Communications Inc., through its Internet and data service affiliates, is the nation's leading DSL provider. SBC Yahoo! DSL delivers a unique high-speed online experience including two gigabytes of e-mail storage—enough to hold up to 1 million pages, an award winning parental controls offering, industry-leading safety and security features, multiple e-mail addresses and a bundle of premium services at no additional cost.

"Consumers tell us everyday how interested they are in receiving access to this kind of technology," said George S. Fleetwood, president SBC Indiana. "We are pleased to be able to expand our DSL footprint and we are grateful to all of the State Legislators who advocate for policies designed to make Indiana a state where investment and expansion in advanced technologies can thrive."

"Access to broadband services is a key to attracting new businesses and making our community a more desirable for people to locate," said Senator Larry Lutz (D-Evansville). "Additional broadband deployment has the potential to boost economic development opportunities and improve the quality of life for thousands of Hoosiers."

"Expanded broadband access provides the tools we need to enhance our economic development efforts and attract more commerce to the area," said Senator Greg Server (R-Evansville). "This is a positive development for Evansville."

SBC Internet Services, part of the SBC family of companies, is dedicated to making broadband available to the mass market and providing consumers and businesses with the opportunity to take full advantage of a high-speed Internet connection at an affordable price.

From July 2001 through June 2004, SBC invested more than $700 million across its Indiana service territory for DSL expansion, network enhancements and network capacity maintenance. Through these investments and new deployment, SBC has expanded its broadband service to reach more than 72 percent of Hoosiers in the company's Indiana service territory.

"Our ability to expand broadband deployment comes from the vision state and local officials have had in encouraging investment and innovation. We appreciate their leadership and are glad to make this kind of service more widely available," said Fleetwood.

Industry-Leading Features
Offering speeds far faster than dial-up service, SBC Yahoo! DSL provides 2 gigabytes of e-mail storage and 10 sub accounts each with 100MB e-mail storage for family or employees. Other features include unlimited online storage, personalized Internet browser with premium broadband content, customized instant messaging with Avatars and Audibles, LAUNCHcast® Plus Internet radio and more.

In addition, SBC Yahoo! DSL features valuable tools including spam filters and anti-virus protection for e-mail, firewall software, pop-up ad-blocking and one of the industry's most comprehensive parental control offerings, recognized by The National Parenting Center with its Seal of Approval. As a premium service, members can receive anti-virus software to protect the entire computer.

Small Business Benefits
Small-business customers can benefit from SBC Yahoo! DSL Business Edition with features built specifically for the workplace including premium business content, 200 times more e-mail storage than most ISPs and online marketing services. In 2004, SBC Yahoo! DSL Business Edition was awarded with the Excellence in Technology Award from SmallBusinessComputing.com. SBC Yahoo! DSL Business Edition delivers a robust set of features that provide a first-of-its-kind broadband experience for small businesses. Business customers can also receive discounts on bundling SBC Yahoo! Web Hosting services to create a powerful online presence.

Compelling Price Offers
Subscribers can choose between several different bandwidth and price plans to match their online needs and budgets.

  • New customers signing up through Nov. 30 can get the lightning-fast SBC Yahoo! DSL Pro, with download speeds of 1.5 - 3.0Mbps, for as low as $36.99 a month when purchased online at www.sbc.com, as part of an SBC Connections bundle or through select retail locations (Other monthly charges apply. See below.). A typical SBC Connections plan consists of local service, long distance, and a package of call management features.

  • Also, SBC Yahoo! DSL Express is now available for $19.95 a month for new DSL residential customers who commit to a one-year term and subscribe to the popular SBC unlimited local and long distance calling plan, All Distance.

The plan brings together several of the most popular SBC services in a single package, with SBC Yahoo! DSL Internet access service and SBC All Distance service offering convenience, value and affordability. The All Distance bundle delivers unlimited local and nationwide direct-dial long distance calling, Caller ID, voicemail and the choice of two SBC calling features for just $48.95 a month. SBC Yahoo! DSL Express is one of the fastest-growing high speed Internet services in the United States, offering download speeds of 384 kbps — 1.5 Mbps and upload speeds of up to 384 Kbps, virtually unlimited e-mail account storage, industry-leading safety and security features, and award-winning parental controls package.

The SBC Yahoo! DSL promotional offer is available to All Distance customers who place new orders for high-speed Internet service before January 31, 2005.

SBC local service customers who do not subscribe to All Distance can still take advantage of great promotional pricing when they switch from cable broadband service to SBC Yahoo! DSL. Through December 31, 2004 current cable broadband subscribers signing up from SBC Yahoo! DSL for $26.95 a month with a one year term commitment receive two months of service free, after bill credits, valued at $53.90.

The offers follow a recent SBC announcement that SBC FreedomLink Wi-Fi service will be available for just $1.99 a month for SBC DSL customers. As part of an introductory offer, customers who sign up for SBC Yahoo! DSL will be able to use the FreedomLink service at no charge until April 15, 2005. FreedomLink service enables DSL subscribers to enjoy a wireless broadband experience at more than 4,100 locations nationwide, including hotels, airports, convention centers, coffee shops, restaurants and business centers. FreedomLink memberships are also available for non-SBC DSL subscribers for $19.95 a month.

New SBC Yahoo! DSL subscribers receive a free modem after instant credit, waived activation fee, and free self-installation kit ($12.95 shipping and handling fee applies).

In addition, new subscribers can take advantage of a special offer on SBC Wireless Home and Small Office Networking, which allows up to 10 DSL-capable computers to share one DSL connection, files, printers and other devices. New customers can receive a wireless home networking gateway for just $50 after a $99 instant credit

For customers who do not yet have DSL availability, SBC Yahoo! Dial is available for as low as $9.95 a month for when purchased with a six-month term commitment. SBC Yahoo! Dial offers users the opportunity to enjoy all the benefits of a customized portal and content and the ability to easily upgrade to SBC Yahoo! DSL— while keeping the same e-mail addresses.

Indiana residents can obtain more information on SBC Yahoo! DSL offers by calling 866-SBC-YAHOO or online at sbc.com/sbcyahoo. Information on SBC Home and Small Office Networking is available at www.sbc.com/networking. To learn more about FreedomLink Wi-Fi service visit www.sbc.com/freedomlink.

Customers will also be charged a monthly FUSF (Federal Universal Service Fund) cost recovery fee to help cover charges from our data transport supplier pursuant to state and federal telecom regulations. This fee is not a tax or gov't required charge.

$36.99 monthly pricing available for new online orders, if purchased as part of an SBC Connections bundle, or through select retail locations before November 30, 2004. $19.95 promotional pricing available for new SBC Yahoo! DSL residential customers who subscribe to All Distance®. Not available in all areas. Offer only valid for orders placed through an SBC sales channel; third party channels excluded. SBC Yahoo! Pro not included. Order for SBC Yahoo! DSL must be placed between 11/01/04 and 01/31/05. One-year term required. Offer not valid with any other SBC Yahoo! DSL promotion. Additional terms and conditions apply for SBC All-Distance. Visit sbc.com for additional information. $26.95 pricing available for new online orders or if purchased as a part of a qualifying services bundle. For all DSL orders, SBC local service and one year term required. $200 early termination fee. At end of term, then-current monthly rate applies. $150-$200 additional charge if technician install is required or desired. The equipment charge will appear on the first bill along with any corresponding and offsetting instant credits. Laptop users and some desktop users may need to purchase an Ethernet card. Billing begins on service activation date. Service not available in all areas. Subject to change without notice. Maximum speed achieved depends on customer location. Acceptance of Terms of Service required. Taxes and additional fees & surcharges extra. Other restrictions apply. SBC Yahoo! DSL is an information service that combines DSL transport, Internet access and applications from SBC Internet Services, with customized content, services, and applications from Yahoo! Inc.

FreedomLink Promotion: Connections available at FreedomLink Hot Spots only. Roaming locations are not available. An 802.11 b/g enabled device is required for Wi-Fi access. Offer will expire on April 15, 2005. Promotion and any session may not be extended beyond the previously stated time. Users must register and receive a SBC Yahoo! DSL User ID and Password before signing onto the FreedomLink network. Also, before starting a session, users must review the Terms & Conditions and indicate their acceptance by clicking on the 'I Accept' button. Connections will be limited to the Master Account for SBC Yahoo! DSL subscribers. Subject to change without notice. Service is not available in all areas. FreedomLinkSM public wireless high-speed Internet access is provided by SBC Internet Services.

SBC Yahoo! DSL is an information service that combines DSL transport, Internet access and applications from SBC Internet Services, with customized content, services, and applications from Yahoo! Inc. Yahoo!, the Yahoo! logos and other product and service names are the trademarks and/or registered trademarks of Yahoo! Inc. SBC, the SBC logo and other product names are trademarks of SBC Knowledge Ventures, L.P. All other brand names may be trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective owners.

DSL Cable Switch Offer: Only eligible residential customers switching existing cable broadband service to SBC Yahoo! DSL qualify for the cable switch promotion. Premium service charges, taxes and additional fees are not included in membership fee and are charged extra even during any "free" month. Customer must satisfy all outstanding obligations with current cable provider. Only one cable switch offer per SBC local telephone bill. Not available with other SBC Yahoo! DSL offers. If you disconnect/change SBC Yahoo! DSL within 45 days, you will not receive credit. Not responsible for lost, late, mutilated, misdirected or postage due mail. Void where prohibited, taxed or restricted. Instructions on how to receive the credit will be sent to the SBC Yahoo! DSL service billing address and will provide an address to send a copy of your current SBC local Telephone Company bill (copy or screenshot is acceptable) and a copy of your latest cable Internet provider bill (no more than 90 days old). You should see a credit on your SBC local phone bill within approximately 6 to 8 weeks from receipt of cable bill and Telco bill redemption.

All Distance for SBC residential phone customers only. Price includes $20 for National Connections SM (unlimited direct-dialed domestic long distance calling plan) provided by SBC Long Distance. National Connections requires subscription to Total Connections SM or an SBC access line, voice mail, Caller ID and two custom calling features. In non-voice mail areas, subscription to an SBC access line, Caller ID and three custom calling features is required. The plan cannot be used for long distance or local toll access to the Internet or for business purposes such as telemarketing, auto-dialing or commercial or broadcast facsimile (i.e. fax). If the National Connections long distance plan is used for non-residential purposes or if qualifying services are removed from the account, customer will be moved to a higher-priced per-minute long distance usage plan for domestic direct-dialed long distance and local toll calls. $48.95 offer based on SBC local telephone company service and specified plan that includes voice-mail service, Caller ID, and choice of two selectable features, and, in the Southwest and Midwest Regions, inside wiring protection. Some features are not available in all areas or on all calls. Certain calling features (e.g. Caller ID, Privacy Manager®) require display equipment; some call information may be blocked or unavailable. With some calling features (e.g., Three-Way Calling and Call Forwarding), local toll or long distance charges may apply depending on the location of the called party. Voice mail and inside wiring protection plan subject to written terms and conditions with applicable provider; limitations and restrictions apply. Local telephone service and inside wiring protection plan provided by applicable SBC local telephone company; in Southwest and West Regions, voice mail provided by SBC Messaging.

SBC Communications Inc. is a Fortune 50 company whose subsidiaries, operating under the SBC brand, provide a full range of voice, data, networking, e-business, directory publishing and advertising, and related services to businesses, consumers and other telecommunications providers. SBC holds a 60 percent ownership interest in Cingular Wireless, which serves more than 46 million wireless customers. SBC companies provide high-speed DSL Internet access lines to more American consumers than any other provider and are among the nation's leading providers of Internet services. SBC companies also now offer satellite TV service. Additional information about SBC and SBC products and services is available at www.sbc.com.