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SPRINT SUPPORTS NATIONAL INFORMATION INFRASTRUCTURE INITIATIVE

 WASHINGTON, March 23 /PRNewswire/ -- Sprint (NYSE: FON) today joined other telecommunications industry leaders in signing a public policy statement outlined in the Clinton-Gore Administration Technology Initiative. Sprint also issued its own policy statement in support of the National Information Infrastructure Initiative.
 Sprint supports the initiative because of its critical role in improving our industrial productivity and competitiveness, and our access to education, training, health care delivery and information resources.
 Sprint endorses the concept of a partnership of the private sector, the government and the research community, with the government focusing its activities and resources in four areas:
 -- Basic and applied research aimed at developing advanced
 technologies
 -- Demonstrations and pilot projects to underscore the
 technical and commercial viability of new technologies and
 applications
 -- Demand stimulation by providing support to schools and
 institutions for networking, with corresponding
 elimination of the government subsidy to the Internet
 backbone
 -- Expansion of access to the Internet (about 8,000
 interconnected data networks in more than 80 countries
 serving government, research and academic communities) and
 the National Research and Education Network (NREN), to
 interconnect all levels of the nation's diverse educational
 community to a high performance network
 In endorsing this policy, Sprint underscored the need for adhering to four basic principles:
 -- Maximum reliance upon the private sector
 -- Assurance that the government does not subsidize commercial
 services
 -- Use of existing commercial capacity to the degree it is
 available
 -- Economical, high bandwidth, cost-effective access at the local
 level
 "We applaud the ambitious goals of the administration," said William T. Esrey, chairman and CEO of Sprint. "Both the opportunity and the national interest now exist to creatively use our current infrastructure, and to scale up to tomorrow's demand."
 Sprint presently participates with the government, as well as the scientific, research and educational communities, on three projects involving advanced technologies:
 -- Sprint was selected last year by the Department of Energy
 (DOE) and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration
 (NASA) to provide next-generation broadband network services
 for the Energy Sciences Network (ESnet), and the NASA's
 Science Internet, which both link more than two dozen national
 scientific laboratories with each other and with leading
 research facilities worldwide. In implementing ESnet, Sprint
 will be the first carrier to offer a commercial Asynchronous
 Transfer Mode (ATM) service later this year.
 -- Supercomputer highway research with the Department of Defense,
 involving the transmission of computer data at record speeds,
 to allow more people to use long distance viewing/"virtual
 reality" technology
 -- SprintLink, the first Transmission Control Protocol/
 Internet Protocol (TCP/IP) service offered by a long distance
 company to government and commercial customers, connecting
 scientific and research networks nationwide and globally
 In addition to these partnership projects, Sprint has a history of leadership in technological innovation and development.
 Key accomplishments include:
 -- The first and only nationwide 100 percent digital, fiber optic
 network
 -- SprintNet, the first and one of the world's largest public
 data networks
 -- International connections manager for the National Science
 Foundation's NSFNet
 -- The first Europe-to-Pacific Rim all-SONET network using next-
 generation transmission capabilities
 Sprint is a diversified international telecommunications company with more than $10 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, local telephone services to nearly 5.9 million subscriber lines in 19 states, and cellular operations that serve 42 metropolitan markets and more than 50 rural service areas.
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 /NOTE: SprintLink is a service mark. SprintNet is a registered trademark./
 /CONTACT: Janis Langley, 202-828-7427 or, after hours, 703-533-3322 or Steve Dykes, 202-828-7435 or, after hours, 703-242-1769, both of Sprint/
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