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AT&T launches 3G in Sprinfield & Bloomingotn IL

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    AT&T Launches 3G Wireless Broadband Network in Central Illinois

    Company to Deliver Supercharged Mobile Access to Interactive Content and Mobile Applications

    Springfield, Illinois, November 16, 2007

    AT&T Inc. (NYSE:T) has announced a change in how, when and where people access the Internet, use e-mail or view a variety of entertainment services by offering the 3G wireless broadband service in Springfield and Bloomington.

    AT&T's third-generation (3G) wireless broadband network enables consumers and businesses to enjoy the benefits of broadband speeds throughout Central Illinois. Customers can use their 3G handsets to quickly access feature-rich wireless content, including videos, games, pictures and the latest music, entertainment, news and weather, through MEdia Net, the company's mobile Internet portal. With the 3G network, customers also can view razor-sharp clips through CV, an on-demand streaming video service that offers a comprehensive library of mobile video content from some of the top media brands.

    The AT&T 3G network also offers AT&T LaptopConnect mobile customers DSL-like speeds for their laptops, with the ability to access the Internet, their company's intranet or corporate e-mail from anywhere within the 3G network. The combination of AT&T's 3G network and LaptopConnect — which simply requires a LaptopConnect card or a laptop with embedded 3G capability, software and an AT&T data plan — is ideal for customers who want to increase business productivity and need to quickly download large files, run corporate applications or access the Internet.

    "With the launch of our 3G network in Springfield and Bloomington, AT&T wireless customers will benefit from the powerful combination of a superfast network and a portfolio of next-generation 3G devices that quickly deliver interactive content and applications anytime, anywhere," said Terry Stenzel, vice president and general manager for AT&T's wireless unit in Illinois and Wisconsin. "The new 3G wireless broadband network is an example of AT&T's commitment to ensuring that Central Illinois customers have access to next-generation technology and services — whether it is to communicate more efficiently with friends, family and work or to give them access to a host of entertainment services."

    AT&T 3G customers can access the wireless broadband network in more than 200 U.S. major metropolitan areas. The company will also expand 3G service to additional markets by the end of the year. The 3G network is also available in almost every major country of the world. Over the past three years, the company has invested more than $18 billion to build and support the scope and capability of its wireless network and to add 3G markets. This initiative ensures quality of service and empowers customers with fast access from their handsets and mobile devices. In Illinois, AT&T continues to invest in its wireless network and plans to spend $64 million this year to increase wireless coverage throughout the state.

    This announcement follows the recent approval by the Illinois Commerce Commission (ICC) of the first ever state issued video application to AT&T. AT&T Illinois is now authorized to offer U-verse, an innovative alternative to traditional television programming, which is going to finally give customers throughout the state more video choices, improved service and competitive prices, while spurring hundreds of millions of dollars in investment and creating good new Illinois jobs. Earlier this year, the Illinois General Assembly approved and Governor Blagojevich signed Senate Bill 678, the Cable and Video Competition Act, which allowed AT&T to submit this application to the ICC.

    "There is nothing more vital than having the access to a high quality wireless broadband network in the 21st Century economy, and that is what AT&T's 3G service is all about. This will be a critical tool for our businesses, our communities and our families because staying connected has never been more important in our high-tech world," State Representative Dan Brady said.

    "We appreciate AT&T's strong commitment to Central Illinois. By bringing this enhanced 3G wireless broadband service and by giving consumers a real choice of video services, we are making this region more attractive to businesses looking to locate or expand and helping to improve our quality of life," State Representative Raymond Poe said.

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