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SNET AMERICA ANSWERS CALL FOR SIMPLE LONG DISTANCE SERVICE

 NEW HAVEN, Conn., Aug. 16 /PRNewswire/ -- SNET America, Inc., Connecticut's own home-grown long distance company, is now open for business. The new company, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Southern New England Telecommunications (NYSE: SNG) SNET), will meet Connecticut customers' needs for a complete range of national and international long distance services, including calling card and 800 service.
 At a press conference held today at SNET America's North Haven headquarters, SNET President and CEO Daniel Miglio said, "As telecommunications enters a new era, SNET must carefully identify and seize new opportunities for growth where we are uniquely qualified to succeed. Drawing on our industry expertise and knowledge of Connecticut, SNET America is a perfect strategic fit for us."
 SNET America President Barbara Gatison said, "We know Connecticut customers better than any other long distance company. That's what truly makes us different.
 "We listened to what the people of Connecticut told us they want and saw an opportunity to meet their needs by providing them with simple, straightforward, competitively-priced long distance service.
 "We also saw an opportunity that made good business sense," she said. "Our number one priority is to serve our Connecticut customers. So why not give them something we know we can provide very well and, at the same time, establish a position in the worldwide long distance market."
 Gatison said SNET America offers long distance service with simple calling areas, calling periods and discounts, and an easy-to-understand bill. "The bottom line," she said, "is that Connecticut customers deserve no less than the best long distance service and we will give it to them -- long distance service made simple."
 SNET America has defined two calling areas that respond to the calling patterns of Connecticut telephone users -- with one rate for the northeast and another rate for the rest of the nation.
 The company also has defined only two calling periods for pricing calls -- a peak period, weekdays from 8 a.m to 5 p.m.; and an off-peak period, for all other times, and weekends and holidays. Peak rates are 22 cents per minute for the northeast; 24 cents per minute for anywhere else in the U.S. Off-peak rates are 13 cents per minute for the northeast and 14 cents per minute for the rest of the U.S. For customers with greater daytime calling needs, SNET America offers additional options.
 For more information about obtaining this service, call 1-800-808-SNET.
 SNET is an independent telecommunications company that offers, through its subsidiaries, network and information management services and communications systems; directory publishing and advertising services; and cellular mobile phone and paging services.
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 /CONTACT: Beverly Levy of SNET, 203-771-4474 (office) or 203-393-1333 (home)/
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