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RELAY MISSOURI CELEBRATES FIRST ANNIVERSARY

 RELAY MISSOURI CELEBRATES FIRST ANNIVERSARY
 KANSAS CITY, Mo., June 8 /PRNewswire/ -- Sprint's Relay Missouri


-- a telecommunications relay service for Missouri residents who are deaf, hard of hearing or speech-impaired and for those who want to communicate with them -- today celebrated its first anniversary.
 Sprint (NYSE: FON), the nation's largest relay service provider, operates the Relay Missouri Center, which allows calls to be made 24-hours-a-day, 365-days-a-year. The center processes nearly 40,000 calls each month and employs more than 80 people at its Independence, Mo., location.
 The center is currently being expanded to accommodate relay traffic from additional states. When the expansion is completed, it will bring more than 150 additional jobs to the Kansas City area.
 "Relay Missouri has proved to be a very valuable tool in meeting the communication needs of the deaf community in our state," said Missouri Public Service Commission Chairman Ken McClure. "Sprint has shown its eagerness and dedication to making this program a success. The deaf community has and will continue to benefit from the efforts of all of those who made Relay Missouri a reality."
 "Relay Missouri has helped me in many different ways," said Joe Carrico, who is deaf and chairman of the Relay Missouri advisory committee. "It's helped me perform the functions of my job more easily and at any time of the day. Relay Missouri employees obviously make serving the deaf community a high priority within their organization."
 To communicate with the relay center, a customer who is deaf, hard of hearing or speech-impaired uses a Text Telephone (TT) to type his or her message. A specially trained relay agent views the typed message and communicates it verbally to the hearing party. The agent then listens to the verbal response, converts it into written form and relays it back through the TT system. The system also allows hearing individuals to initiate calls to TT users.
 "People from all over the country benefit from the services we provide," said Brandi Rarus, account manager for Relay Missouri. "As an employee who is deaf, it's especially rewarding for me to know that Relay Missouri helps thousands of people express their thoughts and feelings easily over the phone lines."
 There are no restrictions on the length or number of calls placed through the center, and users of the service are not billed for calls placed in their local service area. Charges for long distance calls are billed at a special discounted rate. Both TT and voice users may initiate calls through Relay Missouri by dialing toll-free 800-735-2966 (TT) or 800-735-2466 (voice).
 In addition to Missouri, Sprint currently provides relay service in California, Colorado, Maryland, Nevada, New Hampshire, North Carolina, Oregon, South Carolina and Texas, and will begin offering service in several other states this year.
 Sprint is a diversified international telecommunications company with $8.8 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, and local telephone services to more than 4 million subscriber lines in 17 states.
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 /NOTE: To celebrate the one-year anniversary of Relay Missouri, an open house is scheduled from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, June 13. The Relay Missouri Center is located at 3445 Missouri HWY 291, just north of I-70 in Independence. Users of the service will be available for interviews. Contact Penny Livers at 913-661-8024./
 /CONTACT: Steve Dykes, 202-828-7435, or after hours, 703-242-1769, or Angela Peacock, 202-828-7415, or after hours, 301-564-4984, both of Sprint/
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