AT&T Secures New Five-Year Contract with OME-RESA

State Expands Broadband Service to Students in Mideastern Ohio

Steubenville, Ohio, June 9, 2006

AT&T Inc. (NYSE: T) today announced a new data services contract with the Ohio Mid-Eastern Regional Education Service Agency (OME-RESA) to expand its data network to allow broadband access to students in mideastern Ohio.

Under the terms of the five-year contract, AT&T will broaden its existing relationship with OME-RESA by delivering a Customized Switched Metro Ethernet (CSME) solution to support OME-RESA's high volume of voice, video, data and Internet services across the public-switched network. AT&T's CSME product will also provide expanded bandwidth to sustain advanced educational applications for OME-RESA, such as the electronic transfer of student records (mandated by the Ohio Department of Education) and videoconferencing across all 75 schools within OME-RESA's consortium.

This solution will provide cost-efficient, locally managed, fiber-based broadband Ethernet services at 10/100 and Gigabit speeds to four Appalachian counties in mideastern Ohio, a largely rural region where new fiber-based services were previously unavailable. The converged network will further enable application consolidation, allowing for quick and reliable voice, video and data transfer.

Furthermore, the CSME solution will include disaster-recovery services for increased security and redundancy of the network and will support high-volume access services for streamlined communications to help OME-RESA efficiently manage its voice and data network.

"We needed a provider to help us expand our broadband services to our mideastern residents while providing extra bandwidth to our educational facilities to support advanced learning applications," said Bill Rhinaman, site manager of OME-RESA. "With the new network in place, we're confident that the solution provided by AT&T will help us achieve our goals to deliver reliable, cost-effective services to our residents and students."

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