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SPRINT, MARYLAND CELEBRATE OPENING OF RELAY COMMUNICATIONS CENTER IN BALTIMORE

 SPRINT, MARYLAND CELEBRATE OPENING
 OF RELAY COMMUNICATIONS CENTER IN BALTIMORE
 KANSAS CITY, Mo., April 14 /PRNewswire/ -- Sprint (NYSE: FON) and the State of Maryland today celebrated the grand opening of the new Maryland Relay Service Communications Center in Baltimore. Hundreds of Marylanders joined Gov. William Donald Schaefer as he led the festivities and placed an inaugural call using the relay service.
 The center, located at 6000 Metro Drive, provides telephone communication service to Maryland residents who are deaf, hard of hearing or speech-impaired and to those who want to communicate with them.
 "We can be proud that we have opened up our communications system to all Marylanders," Schaefer said. "Individuals and businesses across the state are already enjoying the benefits of this new service."
 The Maryland Board of Public Works awarded the service contract to Sprint, the industry's largest relay service provider, in September 1991. The service is administered by the Maryland Department of General Services. When the Maryland Relay Service (MRS) began operations on Dec. 1, 1991, it processed calls through Sprint's relay center in Austin, Texas, at no additional cost to the State of Maryland.
 "The Maryland Relay Service Communications Center is an example of Sprint's dedication to providing phone service to all Maryland residents," said Dan Evanoff, Sprint's senior vice president of Diversified Brands. "Sprint will continue to carry on the tradition of quality and support that our Maryland relay customers have come to expect since we began service last December."
 To communicate with the relay center, customers who are deaf, hard of hearing or speech-impaired use a Text Telephone (TT) to type their messages. A specially trained communications assistant (CA) views the typed message and communicates it to the hearing party. The CA 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.
 Users of the service are not billed for calls placed in their local service area, while charges for long distance calls are billed at a special discounted rate. Both TT and voice users can place calls through the center by dialing toll-free 800-735-2258. The service is available 24-hours-a-day, 365-days-a-year.
 In addition to Maryland, Sprint provides relay service to California, Colorado, Missouri, Nevada, New Hampshire, North and South Carolina, Oregon and Texas.
 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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 /CONTACT: Angela Peacock, 202-828-7415 or, after hours, 301-564-4984, or Steve Dykes, 202-828-7435 or, after hours, 703-242-1769, both of Sprint/
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