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AT&T UNBLOCKING ASSISTANCE PROGRAM ANNOUNCED

 AT&T UNBLOCKING ASSISTANCE PROGRAM ANNOUNCED
 ATLANTA, Feb. 4 /PRNewswire/ -- AT&T (NYSE: T) announced a


program that will make it easier for consumers to reach the long-distance company of their choice when they call from phones in hotel, college, university, and hospital rooms.
 Under this offer, which expires July 31, 1992, AT&T will provide up to $1,000 per site to help these organizations unblock so-called "10XXX access codes." These are five-digit prefixes callers use to reach their preferred long-distance company when making calls while away from home using a phone not subscribed to that company. They punch in the prefix -- for example, "10ATT" -- before dialing "0," followed by an area code and number.
 Millions of these phones do not enable consumers to reach their preferred long distance company, a problem known as blocking. Consumer problems with blocking were a major source of complaints to the Federal Communications Commission in 1991. This prompted the commission last year to order the unblocking of all pay phones and in-room phones.
 In addition to financial help, AT&T will provide general information on technical solutions that should permit these organizations to meet their unblocking responsibilities. The company also is sponsoring seminars to explain the FCC's unblocking order and discuss the variety of unblocking solutions available.
 "This offer allows AT&T to work with hotels, colleges, universities and hospitals to provide an unblocking solution that's right for them and for consumers," said Mark Evans, AT&T national market manager, Unblocking Assistance Program. "Our goal is to help make calling from room phones as hassle-free as calling from the home or office."
 Organizations interested in the program can get more information by calling the AT&T Unblocking Assistance Center, toll-free, on 800-UNBLOCK (800-862-5625) between 9 a.m. and 9 p.m. EST, Monday through Friday.
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 /CONTACT: Dan Coulter, 404-810-7373 (office) or 404-995-3889 (after hours), or Anissa Klisch, 404-810-8274 (office) or 404-840-0732 (after hours)/
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