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AT&T RESPONDS TO MCI 'FRESH LOOK' CLAIM

 BASKING RIDGE, N.J., April 13 /PRNewswire/ -- AT&T (NYSE: T) today responded to MCI's claim that an MCI contract with Minneapolis-based Ceridian Corp. made Ceridian the first company to exercise its "Fresh Look" right.
 "This is typical MCI disinformation," said Bob Nersesian, an AT&T spokesman. "The fact is that on March 10, 1993 Kemper Service Company was the first company to publicly announce it was exercising its `Fresh Look' right by retaining AT&T to meet its long-distance needs."
 Kemper awarded AT&T a five-year, $60 million contract for a custom- designed voice and data network linking 350 locations nationwide. In the announcement, Frank Diaz, president, Kemper Service Company said, "AT&T has proven to be very responsive, flexible and innovative in meeting our complex needs. We've made our `Fresh Look' decision."
 /NOTE TO EDITORS: Attached is the original press Kemper press release from AT&T/
 KEMPER AWARDS $60 MILLION COMMUNICATIONS CONTRACT TO AT&T
 CHICAGO, April 13 -- AT&T today announced that Kemper has awarded it a five-year, $60 million contract for a custom-designed, integrated voice and data network linking 350 locations nationwide.
 "The agreement reflects our satisfaction with AT&T's demonstrated ability to deliver a high quality, reliable network," said Frank Diaz, president, Kemper Service Company. "AT&T has proven to be very responsive, flexible and innovative in meeting our complex needs. We've made our fresh look decision."
 Under the agreement, AT&T will enhance Kemper's current network, which serves the company's financial services and insurance organizations. The contract renews a 1990 agreement between Kemper and AT&T for AT&T's Virtual Telecommunications Network Service.
 Kemper will use the custom network to meet the voice and data communications needs of its customers and operating units. AT&T will also provide Kemper with centralized, state-of-the-art service management to oversee network performance, consolidated billing and network maintenance.
 "We're extremely pleased that Kemper has selected AT&T," said Bernard F. Sergesketter, AT&T vice president-Central Region. "This agreement enables AT&T to strengthen its relationship with Kemper and allows us to deliver the kind of value, quality, service, reliability and innovative technologies they expect from their communications vendor."
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 /CONTACT: Bob Nersesian, 908-221-2305, or at home, 201-729-6026, or Tom Hopkins, 312-230-4889, or at home, 708-448-5934, both of AT&T; or Steve Radis of Kemper, 312-499-8393/
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