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SOUTHERN BELL GIVES YOU THREE MILLION CHOICES IN GEORGIA

 SOUTHERN BELL GIVES YOU THREE MILLION CHOICES IN GEORGIA
 ATLANTA, Sept. 18 /PRNewswire/ -- If you are a Southern Bell customer today, you have more than 3 million choices of whom to call in Georgia.
 That's at least 2,999,773 more choices than customers enjoyed in 1879, when the company opened for business in Savannah and Augusta with 227 access lines. Southern Bell's recent installment of its 3 millionth telephone access line in the state is a historic milestone that represents an ever-expanding world available to Georgians through telecommunications.
 "The 3 million mark represents a level of unprecedented growth in Georgia," said Carl Swearingen, president for Southern Bell's Georgia operations. "Ten years after the company opened for business here in 1879, there were 3,073 telephone lines in service. By comparison, we've installed 1 million lines in Georgia just in the past 10 years." Southern Bell installed its 1 millionth access line in Georgia in 1968, the 2 millionth line in 1983, and the 3 millionth line this summer.
 Lifestyles today require more access to information than ever before. Facsimile machines, modems, cellular phones, beepers and data transmission are all commonplace -- and all require a telephone line. Making these tools available to Southern Bell customers keeps Georgia attractive to industry and business. "Our telecommunications network is critical to the economic future of Georgia. It helps position the state to be a leader in the 21st century," said Swearingen.
 In addition to reaching an all-time high in the number of access lines in Georgia, the Southern Bell network can now do more than ever before. Electronic switching and digital transmission make the telephone service provided by Southern Bell a means to improved communication, education, health care and business.
 "Georgia has one of the most advanced telecommunications networks in the country," said Swearingen. "It is this network that provides Georgians with projects like ClassConnect, a fully interactive distance learning trial, and MedReach, a telemedicine offering that allows a doctor at a regional hospital to examine a patient at a small, rural hospital or clinic. All of this is achieved over the telecommunications network."
 During an average day, Southern Bell handles about 50 million telephone conversations and messages in Georgia. This includes all local and long-distance calls that are switched through the network.
 Every time you make a call, send a fax or transfer data, you are able to access the whole world, including more than 3 million friends, neighbors and colleagues right here in Georgia.
 First Georgia cities served by Southern Bell
 (City -- date established, number of lines):
 Augusta -- 1879, 88 lines
 Savannah -- 1879, 139 lines
 Macon -- 1880, 34 lines
 Columbus -- 1880, 43 lines
 Tennille -- 1880, 4 lines
 Atlanta -- 1881, 131 lines
 Rome -- 1882, 29 lines
 Albany -- 1882, 13 lines
 Athens -- 1882, 36 lines
 Brunswick -- 1882, 28 lines
 -0- 9/18/92
 /NOTE TO EDITORS: Photo available upon request. Photo cutline would be as follows: "We've come a long way since these Southern Bell operators provided manual call switching in the early 1900s."/
 /CONTACT: Lynn Bress of Southern Bell, 404-391-2484/ CO: Southern Bell ST: Georgia IN: TLS SU:


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