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FLORIDA FIRST FOR AT&T SOLUTION TO FIBER OPTIC CUTS

 FLORIDA FIRST FOR AT&T SOLUTION TO FIBER OPTIC CUTS
 MIAMI, March 25 /PRNewswire/ -- Florida is the first location in


the nation to benefit from a new AT&T system designed to provide quicker restoration of telecommunications services in the event of a fiber optic cable cut.
 The new service is called FASTAR(SM), and it will automatically route traffic around a cable break. FASTAR offers the ability to restore more than 67,000 circuits in minutes, compared with a process that before could take up to several hours to complete.
 "The deployment of FASTAR is part of our continuing effort to increase quality and reliability of the AT&T Worldwide Intelligent network," said C. Randy Fairbank, branch manager for AT&T Business Communications Services. "Coupled with other enhancements we've continued to make in recent years, AT&T customers, both business and residence, have the best communications service available."
 Should an AT&T fiber optic cable between Miami and Orlando be snapped by a construction backhoe, for example, FASTAR automatically senses the break, Fairbank explained. "The system locates and utilizes other cable routes to handle traffic until the damaged cable can be repaired."
 Developed by AT&T Bell Laboratories and AT&T Network Services Division, the system was tested in the laboratory and on location in Florida for two years. "The configuration of our fiber optic cable network and the equipment we already have in place made Florida a perfect test lab for FASTAR," said Fairbank.
 AT&T will continue to deploy FASTAR in other locations throughout the year, and virtually all of the AT&T domestic fiber network will be protected by the new system by the end of the year.
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 /NOTE TO EDITOR: FASTAR is a service mark of AT&T./
 /CONTACT: Barry Johnson, 305-662-6410 (office) or 305-251-0696 (home); or Jacqui Kiviat, 305-662-6409 (office) or 305-437-8549 (home), both of AT&T/ CO: AT&T ST: Florida IN: TLS SU: PDT


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