August 22, 2006 09:00 ET

AT&T Announces New Five-Year Voice and Data Services Contract With Parsons District Schools

PARSONS, KS -- (MARKET WIRE) -- August 22, 2006 -- AT&T Inc. (NYSE: T) today announced a new voice and data services contract with Parsons District Schools. The southeastern Kansas district has more than 1,500 students in seven schools. Under the terms of the five-year contract, AT&T will implement a Customized Switched Metro Ethernet (CSME) solution and Asynchronous Transfer Mode (ATM) services to connect the district's seven schools under a single network for increased reliability and redundancy. The enhanced solution will also provide an integrated local area network (LAN) infrastructure, which will support the connection between each of the school buildings. Parsons District Schools will realize higher reliability and faster data communications between each of the schools, and with the implementation of CSME, the school's information technology department will be able to consolidate various computer servers securely through a single location.

The ATM service will deliver a secure Internet connection through Parsons District Schools' central office, which will feed onto the CSME connection and deliver the same secure access at each school location throughout the district. Additionally, the solution, which aligns with AT&T's convergence strategy, will provide the school district with new technologies and fiber connections at each of the school buildings, supporting Internet connectivity for student use throughout the school.

"We were in need of a provider that is capable of connecting our seven district locations and reducing our operating expenses," said Paul Langford, information technology director of Parsons District Schools. "We are confident that the solution provided by AT&T will not only reduce our costs and deliver connectivity for all seven school locations but also enable new technologies so that the district can remain compliant with state regulated requirements and procedures."

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About Parsons District Schools

Parsons District Schools, with seven schools and over 1,597 students, is located in southeast Kansas. With high student expectations, Parsons District Schools aims to cultivate the following attributes in its students -- decision-making and problem solving skills; communications and academic skills; respect for self, others and the environment; and an appreciation for the American heritage, its ideals and multi-cultural richness. Additional information about Parsons District Schools can be found at

About AT&T

AT&T Inc. is one of the world's largest telecommunications holding companies and is the largest in the United States. Operating globally under the AT&T brand, AT&T companies are recognized as the leading worldwide providers of IP-based communications services to business and as leading U.S. providers of high speed DSL Internet, local and long distance voice, and directory publishing and advertising services. AT&T Inc. holds a 60 percent ownership interest in Cingular Wireless, which is the No. 1 U.S. wireless services provider with 57.3 million wireless customers. Additional information about AT&T Inc. and AT&T products and services is available at

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