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SPRINT TO BEGIN SPECIAL RELAY SERVICES IN OREGON

 SPRINT TO BEGIN SPECIAL RELAY SERVICES IN OREGON
 KANSAS CITY, Mo., March 31 /PRNewswire/ -- Sprint (NYSE: FON)


today announced it will begin providing telephone relay communication service on April 1 to Oregon residents who are deaf, hard of hearing or speech-impaired and to all others who want to communicate with them.
 Known as Oregon Telecommunications Relay Service (OTRS), the new service will process calls through Sprint's relay center in Austin, Texas, at no additional cost to the state of Oregon. The service will be available 24 hours every day.
 Sprint, the industry's largest relay service provider, was awarded the contract to serve Oregon by the Oregon Public Utility Commission in October 1991. The contract will be administered by the Telecommunication Devices Access Program (TDAP).
 "Sprint's reputation as a top-notch relay service provider is growing within the phone industry and the deaf community," said Jack R. Cassell, administrator of TDAP. "Our organization is looking forward to helping Sprint continue its tradition as a company strongly focused on quality and customer service."
 To communicate with the relay center, customers who are deaf, hard of hearing or speech-impaired will use a Text Telephone (TT) to type their messages. A specially trained relay agent will view the typed message and communicate it to the hearing party (or vice versa). The agent then will listen to the verbal response, convert it into written form, and relay it back through the TT system.
 "Sprint is proud to offer Oregon residents who are deaf, hard of hearing or speech-impaired total access to our company's relay services," said Dan Evanoff, Sprint's senior vice president of Diversified Brands. "Several states are members of Sprint's relay system, and we're looking forward to providing this excellent service to Oregon residents."
 Users of the service will not be billed for calls placed in their local service area, while charges for long distance calls will be billed at a special discounted rate. Both TT and voice users can place calls through the center by dialing toll-free 800-735-2900.
 Sprint provides relay service to California, Colorado, Maryland, Missouri, Nevada, New Hampshire, North Carolina and Texas. In addition to Oregon, the company will begin service to South Carolina in April.
 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: 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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