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Prodigy Names Chief Marketing Officer; Chris Coleman Brings 15 Years Marketing Experience to Internet Service Provider.

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AUSTIN, Texas--(BUSINESS WIRE)--June 4, 2001

Prodigy Communications Corporation (Nasdaq:PRGY), a leading Internet service provider (ISP) serving the largest number of DSL subscribers, today named Chris Coleman as chief marketing officer, effective June 13.

Coleman brings 15 years of experience in consumer marketing and strategic planning to Prodigy. He most recently served as executive vice president of Internet marketing at Ackerman McQueen, the Southwest's fourth largest advertising agency, where he was responsible for the development of consumer marketing strategies and campaigns for high-profile clients including Southwestern Bell Wireless, Pizza Hut, Thrifty Car Rental and the Dallas Cowboys.

Prior to joining Ackerman McQueen, Coleman spent five years in the marketing organizations of Pepsi and Texas Commerce Bank. He earned his undergraduate and master's degrees from Southern Methodist University.

"Coleman is a valuable addition to the Prodigy executive team given his broad and varied consumer marketing experience," said Paul Roth, Prodigy president and chief executive officer. "He will play an important role in leading Prodigy's marketing strategy as we continue to develop the applications and services that allow broadband consumers to experience the best of the Internet in an always-on world."

About Prodigy Communications Corporation (

Prodigy Communications Corporation (Nasdaq:PRGY) is the fifth largest Internet service provider in the U.S., serving more than 3.1 million owned and managed subscribers. With its alliance with SBC Communications, Prodigy is the industry leader in serving DSL subscribers. Prodigy delivers fast and reliable Internet access and user-friendly Internet-based products, services and information via a nationwide network covering more than 850 locations in all 50 states, allowing more than 90 percent of the U.S. population to access Prodigy's dial service with a local telephone call. Prodigy features superior content, e-mail and e-mail attachment capabilities, Prodigy Instant Messaging(tm), Prodigy Chat(tm) and Prodigy Online Communities, combined with the accessibility and freedom of direct access to the World Wide Web for all users. ProdigyBiz offers a powerful suite of specially designed Internet products and services for small business owners. Prodigy(R) en Espanol(tm), is the nation's first-ever, fully bilingual Spanish/English-language Internet service created especially for the U.S. Spanish-speaking population.

This press release contains forward-looking statements that involve a number of risks and uncertainties. Among the important factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those indicated by such forward-looking statements are the intense competition in Prodigy's industry, subscriber turnover, disruption in Prodigy's network services or in other services provided by third parties, the challenges of integrating the Internet businesses of Prodigy and SBC Communications Inc., the possible failure to achieve the anticipated benefits of the agreements between Prodigy and SBC, the possible unavailability of sufficient financing to Prodigy as needed, as well as the risk factors detailed from time to time in Prodigy's periodic reports and registration statements filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Prodigy's business and operations are operated by a limited partnership, called Prodigy Communications Limited Partnership, of which Prodigy is the general partner and owns an approximate 57 percent interest and SBC Communications owns an approximate 43 percent interest.
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