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SPRINT SUPPORTS STATE GOVERNMENTS AND UNIVERSITIES WITH VIDEOCONFERENCING INCENTIVES AND CUSTOMIZED SEMINARS

 SPRINT SUPPORTS STATE GOVERNMENTS AND UNIVERSITIES
 WITH VIDEOCONFERENCING INCENTIVES AND CUSTOMIZED SEMINARS
 KANSAS CITY, Mo., June 25 /PRNewswire/ -- Sprint (NYSE: FON) today announced a new videoconferencing program designed to help state governments and universities use videoconferencing technology.
 The SIGN/University Connection Videoconferencing Program enhances Sprint's current programs specifically designed to support state government and higher education institutions -- SIGN (State Interconnected Government Network) and University Connection. The video enhancement to SIGN and University Connection includes incentives on equipment, Sprint Meeting Channel usage and gateway/conversion services, as well as customized Video Applications Seminars.
 "Sprint is focusing its videoconferencing efforts on the needs of universities and state governments by providing this program," said Dave Richey, vice president of marketing services for Sprint's Business Market Group. "By offering cost-effective videoconferencing, Sprint can help schools and governments benefit from this technology.
 "No one else in the video industry offers such an extensive program and development training customized for state governments and higher education," Richey said. "Sprint wants to make it simple for these institutions to learn about the advantages of videoconferencing and how it can benefit their specific goals." According to Richey, the incentives and the educational seminars will help current and potential customers see the advantages of videoconferencing, including:
 -- An increase in the availability and use of resources.
 -- A decrease in time and travel costs.
 -- An increase in productivity.
 -- Shorter project cycles.
 -- Faster decision-making.
 -- An increase in face-to-face communication.
 The video seminars will inform customers and prospects of Sprint's video capabilities directly relevant to state governments and higher education. Sprint videoconferencing experts, customers and vendors will discuss such topics as the benefits of videoconferencing, equipment and facilities, faculty training, production techniques and applications. The seminars will be interactive, two-way or multipoint videoconferences with customers located at Sprint Meeting Channel rooms throughout the nation.
 Sprint also assists customers with their videoconferencing needs through "Square One," a training program used to introduce, implement and internally promote videoconferencing. Square One provides on-site training, open houses, executive briefings, educational literature, newsletter support, payroll stuffers, posters and brochure covers.
 Users of Sprint's videoconferencing services include many Fortune 500 companies, colleges, universities and government agencies.
 Sprint is a diversified international telecommunications company with $8.8 billion in annual revenues and the United States' only nationwide all-digital, fiber-optic network. Its divisions provide global long distance voice, data and video products and services, and local telephone services to more than 4 million subscriber lines in 17 states.
 Backgrounder
 Videoconferencing technology opens the door to many cost- effective government and university applications:
 Applications for state governments
 -- Meetings -- for day-to-day business, legislative "town hall"
 groups and constituents
 -- Certification courses
 -- Connectivity to Washington, D.C.
 -- International meetings
 -- State universities -- for distance education
 -- Private sector -- for resale and local business involvement
 with state government
 -- Corrections facilities -- for remote arraignments, depositions
 and inmate education programs
 Applications for Higher Education Institutions
 -- Distance education -- for course-sharing, remote education and
 international studies
 -- Video recruiting
 -- Teacher/professor -- for course planning, training
 development, and staff and faculty meetings
 -- Medical center -- for physician consultation, medical
 certification programs and business meetings
 -- Chancellor/executive business meetings -- for point-to-point
 and multipoint connections, including legislative proceedings
 -- Private sector -- for local business involvement with school
 activities and corporate training programs
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 /NOTE: Sprint Meeting Channel and Square One are service marks./
 /CONTACT: Janis Langley, 202-828-7427 or, after hours, 703-533-3322; or Vince Hovanec, 202-828-7423 or, after hours, 202-387-1496, both of Sprint/
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