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BELLSOUTH UPDATE: TELEPHONE SYSTEM WEATHERS BEATING BY HURRICANE ANDREW

BELLSOUTH UPDATE: TELEPHONE SYSTEM WEATHERS BEATING BY HURRICANE ANDREW
 ATLANTA, Aug. 29 /PRNewswire/ -- The following is a summary of the effects of Hurricane Andrew on the operations of BellSouth Telecommunications, and the company's response.
 -- The basic integrity of the telephone switching system survived
 the storm with flying colors. No major central offices were ever
 out of service. By Saturday, only three "remote" offices in the
 direct path of the storm were not switching calls.
 -- Southern Bell was moving additional switching capacity into the
 Florida area, including the dispatch of its unique "switching office
 on wheels." The office can provide 10,000 fully featured telephone
 lines.
 -- Current estimates are that perhaps as many as 150,000 telephone
 lines in Florida and 30,000 in Louisiana are without service. Many
 of these are for homed and offices that were destroyed or made
 uninhabitable by the storm.
 -- Southern Bell was providing free calling inside the local calling
 zone (LATA) through banks of public telephones being placed in the
 affected areas.
 -- BellSouth had added 463 workers in South Florida and 181 in
 Louisiana to help restore damage by the storm.
 -- In Florida, the company has waived connection charges and one
 month's service charge for its Call Waiting and MemoryCall (R)
 services. Victims of the storm can use Call Forwarding to have
 their calls sent to another telephone; MemoryCall mailboxes can be
 used to both leave and receive messages.
 BellSouth Telecommunications, Inc., provides unified direction and support for the local telecommunications operations of BellSouth in the Southeastern United States.
 BellSouth Telecommunications, Inc. does business as Southern Bell in North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia and Florida and as South Central Bell in Kentucky, Tennessee, Alabama, Mississippi and Louisiana. These companies serve more than 18.1 million local telephone lines and provide local exchange and intraLATA long distance service over one of the most modern telecommunications networks in the world.
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 /CONTACT: Richard Miles, 404-529-8053, or 404-252-9111; David Rogers, 404-529-8053, or 404-939-6701; Cathye McDonald (in Louisiana), 504-528-2216, or 504-392-0667; or Spero Canton (in Florida), 305-530-5455, or 305-758-6677, all for BellSouth/ CO: BellSouth Telecommunications, Inc. ST: Florida, Louisiana, Georgia IN: TLS SU:


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