AT&T Announces Five-Year Contract with Atchison Public Schools USD 409

Network Upgrades Support New Applications for Kansas School District

Atchison, Kansas, November 15, 2006

AT&T Inc. (NYSE: T) today announced a new data services contract with Atchison Public Schools Unified School District 409, a public school district encompassing grades K-12, serving Atchison, Kan. Under the terms of the five-year contract, AT&T will be the sole data services provider, delivering Customized Switched Metro Ethernet (CSME) to the district.

The CSME solution will connect four schools under a single, secure wide area network (WAN) to sustain existing applications and to provide increased bandwidth for the future implementation of advanced technologies and bandwidth intensive applications, including online teacher training, student computer and Internet training and state-mandated online testing. Additionally, the network will enable parents to access the school's online network to easily access to student information, such as current grades and student attendance in real time. Information on the student's lunch balance and school bulletins can also be retrieved online as an added convenience to the parents.

As part of the CSME solution, USD 409 and its facilities will enjoy faster Internet connection speeds through a converged network infrastructure.

"We needed a high-bandwidth network capable of supporting multiple educational applications, such as online teacher training, and state-mandated online testing," said Donna Noll, director of technology, Unified School District 409. "We are confident that AT&T's solution will deliver a highly reliable network to meet current connectivity and bandwidth requirements, as well as support new technologies in the future."

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About Unified School District 409
Atchison Public Schools USD 409 serves the needs of students in the city of Atchison, Kansas, and surrounding areas. The school was recently recognized by the State of Kansas for their use of innovative programs and technologies. For more information on Unified School District 409, visit

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