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SNET TO BEGIN CONSTRUCTION FOR VIDEO-ON-DEMAND SERVICE

 NEW HAVEN, Conn., Oct. 21 /PRNewswire/ -- Southern New England Telephone (NYSE: SNG)(SNET) announced today that the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has approved the company's application for a trial offering of video-on-demand services to 1,500 homes in West Hartford, Connecticut.
 "This will be the first video-on-demand offering in Connecticut and one of the first in the country," said Leon Wendelowski, SNET's president of multi-media services. "Since April, when we filed our application with the FCC, we have assembled a team of experts with a variety of backgrounds. The team has been working hard to develop this service and to put all the pieces in place including technical designs, operations infrastructure and contracts with vendors. Now that we have the FCC's approval, we can begin constructing our network and soon bring 110 television and video channels into customer homes," he said. SNET anticipates that approximately 500 customers will opt to participate in the trial of this service.
 "We've been negotiating with all the major movie studios and other information providers so we can include the widest possible variety of information and entertainment at the beginning of next year when we roll out our service," Wendelowski continued. SNET's service will include traditional broadcast channels, extensive pay-per-view channels and on-demand service which will provide hundreds of choices of videos. "The list of options for movies and educational programs will continue to expand as we reach new agreements with information and service providers," added Wendelowski.
 "The key to this service is customer choice," said Wendelowski. "Customers will have more flexibility in watching what they want, when they want it -- and they can start and stop their programs at will."
 SNET has reached an agreement with AT&T for provision of video equipment including a video computer complex, headend equipment, fiber optic cable and operational support systems. ADC Telecommunications will provide the Homeworx platform which gives SNET the ability to deliver both digital video-on-demand and broadcast analog (traditional) television. C-COR Electronics, Inc. will be supplying its new line of trunk and extender amplifiers.
 The video network will be a newly constructed combination of fiber optic and aerial coaxial cable using 750 mhz technology. Construction will begin in early November. Customers in West Hartford will be notified by mail if their neighborhood will be a part of this trial and will be invited to participate at no charge for hook-up.
 SNET is an independent telecommunications company that offers, through its subsidiaries, network and information management services and communications systems; long distance service; directory publishing and advertising services; and cellular mobile phone and paging services.
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