AT&T Selected to Provide Voice and Data Network Services to Hickman Williams & Company

Highly Scalable, Cost-Effective and Secure Solution Delivers Reliability and Efficiency

Cincinnati, Ohio, February 22, 2007

AT&T Inc. (NYSE: T) announced today that Hickman, Williams & Company, a premier supplier of products, services and technology to the global metals industry, has awarded AT&T a three-year contract to provide voice and data network services. The contract allows for seamless expansion as Hickman Williams continues to move its operations to and expand its use of the Web in its business.

Under the agreement, AT&T will provide a custom-designed highly available and highly secure Virtual Private Network (VPN) service. The solution uses Multiprotocol Label Switching (MPLS) technology to prioritize network traffic and facilitate communication among 10 different locations in the U.S. and Canada. AT&T will offer proactive monitoring, reporting services and security to ensure that the network remains up and running at all times.

This managed Internet Protocol (IP) solution provides a flexible architecture to help Hickman, Williams & Company increase productivity, improve efficiencies and optimize costs. The solution also delivers greater functionality and flexibility than conventional voice and data services and paves the way for the company to deploy Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) services in the future.

"With a strong reputation for providing reliable and dependable services, AT&T was an obvious choice for us," said Sandy Hartman, IT manager of Hickman, Williams & Company. "Their voice and data network services will provide dramatic efficiencies and deliver a host of new capabilities to our employees."

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About Hickman, Williams & Company
Hickman, Williams & Company services metals producers and other related industries with an array of products, including foundry coke, ferroalloys, briquetted alloys, specialty metals and alloys, carbon additives, abrasives, pig iron, fused silica, metal filters, coal and coke products, injection and cored wire systems and many other related materials. It's a vibrant employee-owned company that is looking forward to the changes and challenges of the 21st century. One thing, however, hasn't changed — the Hickman, Williams legacy of knowledge, quality, service and integrity. For more information, please visit

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