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TELECOMMUNICATIONS NETWORK CONTINUES TO PERFORM

 TELECOMMUNICATIONS NETWORK CONTINUES TO PERFORM
 ATLANTA, Aug. 25 /PRNewswire/ -- Southern Bell Telephone's South


Florida communications network continues to hold up well and telephone service remains operational for the overwhelming majority of the company's customers.
 About 98 percent of the company's 2.5 million customer telephone lines in Broward and Dade counties remain in service in the wake of Hurricane Andrew. More than 80 percent of the telephone cable in the storm area is underground, protecting it from the brunt of the storm.
 None of the company's 59 central switching offices in Dade and Broward counties have been out of service, although 42 of them are still operating on emergency power.
 Also, 17 trailers, each with either four or eight public telephones, are being sent from Jacksonville, Fla., and Georgia for use in the South Florida area.
 The Southern Bell Emergency Restoration Teams in Miami and Jacksonville are assessing the damage and determining where to deploy both local repair crews and the 340 employees being sent to the area from Georgia, South Carolina and North Carolina. Coordination of emergency restoration crews from outside of Florida is being managed from the company's Birmingham, Ala., network operations center.
 Isolated outages still remain, primarily caused by flying debris or falling trees rather than central office failures. Additionally, abnormally high calling volumes continue to slow call completion at times.
 As Andrew moves across the Gulf of Mexico, South Central Bell emergency officials continue to make preparations along the Gulf Coast. Initially, 200 workers from Alabama, Kentucky and Tennessee are preparing to move into Louisiana or Mississippi on a moment's notice.
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 /CONTACT: Spero Canton, 305-965-7686 or 305-758-6687 (Miami); or Richard Miles, 404-529-8003, or David Rogers, 404-529-8053 (Atlanta), all of Southern Bell/ CO: Southern Bell ST: Florida IN: TLS SU:


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