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ROCHESTER TEL COMPLETES ACQUISITION OF STATESBORO TELEPHONE IN GEORGIA

 ROCHESTER TEL COMPLETES ACQUISITION
 OF STATESBORO TELEPHONE IN GEORGIA
 ROCHESTER, N.Y., Aug. 31 /PRNewswire/ -- Rochester Telephone Corp. (NYSE: RTC) and Statesboro Telephone Company announced today that they have completed the acquisition transaction of the Statesboro Telephone Company in Statesboro, Ga.
 Statesboro is Rochester Tel's second operating telephone company in Georgia and its 38th telephone company nationwide.
 Statesboro serves 15,340 access lines in a 110 square mile territory in Bulloch County and is 220 miles southeast of Rochester Tel's other Georgia subsidiary, Fairmount Telephone Company. Statesboro is also a part owner of Georgia's cellular Rural Service Area No. 8.
 Statesboro is the home of Georgia Southern University, the fastest growing university in the United States.
 Earlier this month, the Georgia Public Service Commission unanimously approved the merger. Final terms of the sale were not disclosed.
 In a joint statement announcing the final approval of the transaction, Harry S. Mathews, president of Statesboro Telephone and John K. Purcell, vice president of corporate development for Rochester Telephone thanked the shareowners of Statesboro Telephone.
 "Rochester Tel is an excellent investment for Statesboro shareowners," said Mathews. "Our customers will enjoy the benefits of continued strong local service backed by one of the strongest independent telephone companies in the United States."
 Mathews will continue as president. No change in local operations is planned.
 "Statesboro is truly one of the premier telephone companies in the Southeast and we are delighted to welcome them to our family of companies," said Purcell. "We look forward to continuing the tradition of outstanding customer service as well as strong community support."
 Rochester Telephone Corp., with headquarters in Rochester, N.Y., owns and operates 37 other telephone companies in 15 states. With the Statesboro acquisition, it serves 880,000 access lines, with nearly 17,000 in Georgia. It also operates three unregulated subsidiaries: RCI Long Distance, a regional interexchange carrier; Rotelcom Network Systems, which provides competitive telecommunications equipment and services; and Rochester Tel Mobile Communications, which manages its cellular interests.
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 /CONTACT: Diana Melville, corporate information manager, 716-777-1090, or Christopher Shannon, business development manager, 716-777-7060, both of Rochester Telephone Corporation; or Harry S. Mathews, president of Statesboro Telephone Company, 912-764-9131/
 (RTC) CO: Rochester Telephone Corporation; Statesboro Telephone ST: New York, Georgia IN: TLS SU: TNM


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