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TELECOMMUNICATIONS APPLICATIONS PARTNERSHIP FORMED

 TELECOMMUNICATIONS APPLICATIONS PARTNERSHIP FORMED
 NASHVILLE, Tenn., March 31 /PRNewswire/ -- South Central Bell and the Institute for Public Service, a division of The University of Tennessee, Monday finalized an agreement as founding partners of the Telecommunications Applications Partnership (TAP).
 The TAP is a partnership between public and private institutions designed to strengthen the link between telecommunications technology and economic growth in Tennessee. TAP will initiate a series of selected projects to demonstrate telecommunications applications in distance learning, computer integrated manufacturing, health care and government services.
 "We are very excited about the prospects for the Telecommunications Applications Partnership with the Institute for Public Service and the other partners interested in TAP's mission who may join us later," said DeWitt Ezell Jr., president of South Central Bell in Tennessee.
 "Major developments in technology have and will continue to revolutionize the telecommunications industry, not just in the traditional realm of voice communications, but also in the growing areas of data and video services. And South Central Bell is in the process of installing an advanced telecommunications network to meet the needs of all Tennesseans. Through this partnership we hope to bring together organizations and funding sources to take advantage of this resource to meet their information needs in new ways," Ezell said.
 "UT's Institute for Public Service has been a national leader in helping local communities respond to new opportunities that enhance the quality of life for Tennesseans," UT President Joe Johnson said.
 "This partnership with South Central Bell will ensure that our industries, local governments and other institutions can better understand and take advantage of new telecommunications applications."
 The Telecommunications Applications Partnership will bring together a strategic alliance of partners to develop the best way to integrate resources. This includes coordinating the design and implementation of telecommunications solutions for problems in education, industry, government and health care. Brenda Henderson from South Central Bell and Greg Larsen from the Institute for Public Service have been appointed co-directors of TAP.
 The TAP has already assisted two groups in developing proposals submitted to the New American Schools Design Concept. The groups, comprised of coalitions of schools and universities in middle and east Tennessee, have submitted proposals seeking grants in excess of $5 million to improve education in their regions.
 TAP has also worked with the state of Tennessee and the Tennessee Technology Foundation in designing a proposal for an Elk River economic development project. This proposal seeks to use federal funds previously appropriated to TVA to establish a demonstration project in eight Tennessee and two Alabama counties to examine the use of telecommunications in rural areas for education, health, government services and economic development.
 Other projects in the formative stages are information networks for the aging and disabled, a medical information network, a state- wide library network and an initiative to prepare Tennessee to connect into the national supercomputer network funded recently through legislation sponsored by Sen. Albert Gore Jr.
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 /CONTACT: Karen Williams of South Central Bell, 615-665-6604, or John Clark of The University of Tennessee, 615-974-2225/ CO: South Central Bell, The University of Tennessee ST: Tennessee IN: TLS SU:


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