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SPRINT TO PROVIDE ELECTRONIC LINK FOR MANUFACTURERS CHOSEN BY GOVERNMENT IN DEFENSE CONVERSION PROGRAM

 WASHINGTON, Nov. 4 /PRNewswire/ -- Sprint (NYSE: FON) will provide the electronic backbone for the Manufacturers EnterCorp, one of the first defense conversion projects to receive a federal grant under the Clinton administration's Technology Reinvestment Program. The award has a potential value of $11 million to Sprint over five years.
 The MEC is a consortium of mid-Western manufacturers that will use Sprint's electronic network to share specialized manufacturing services with smaller defense contractors, serving the TRP goal of stimulating job growth by encouraging defense contractors to also develop commercial technologies.
 Using the network, the MEC will share capabilities the smaller companies would not otherwise have in all areas of product realization, design, prototyping, shared manufacturing, analysis and testing, and training.
 The MEC project initially will be available to some 5,000 small and medium-sized manufacturers in Missouri, Kansas and Eastern Colorado involved in electronics, metal fabrication, rubber and plastics, industrial machines, weed, transportation equipment, instruments and related products.
 SprintLink(SM) -- Sprint's commercial Internet service -- will connect companies participating in the project. It will be enhanced with the directory, security, advanced electronic mail and remittance services of Microelectronics and Computer Technology Corp.'s EINet. The combined service will allow users to exchange multimedia (text, graphics, video) electronic messages as well as locate information and services on any of the more than 15,000 networks worldwide connected to the Internet.
 Using a high-speed data connection to the network, manufacturers can use SprintLink to exchange computer-aided design and manufacturing -- or CAD/CAM -- drawings. Sprint also will provide enhanced 800 telephone service to connect business customers with MEC organizations through MEC-provided regional technical centers. Customers also will interface with MEC organizations via direct data connections to their workstations.
 Other partner organizations in the MEC project -- each of which will provide cash-in-kind resources to match the federal award -- include Allied Signal, The Colorado State University Center for Business Innovation, Day & Zimmermann Inc., DeMaTec Foundation Inc., Kansas Manufacturers Association, Kansas State University, Mid-America Manufacturing Technology Center, Kansas Technology Enterprise Corp., Metropolitan Community Colleges, Pittsburg State University, University of Missouri-Kansas City, and the University of Missouri-Rolla.
 Sprint is a diversified international telecommunications company with more than $10 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, local telephone services to more than 6 million subscriber lines in 19 states, and cellular operations that serve 42 metropolitan markets and more than 50 rural service areas.
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