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Upgrades pipeline telecommunications services


March 23, 2005

Anchorage, Alaska - AT&T Alascom has entered into a 20-year agreement with Alyeska Pipeline Service Co. to upgrade and operate the AT&T Alascom microwave communications network along the 800 mile Trans Alaska Pipeline System (TAPS). The upgraded digital network will provide communications for critical oil flow monitoring and control circuits, as well as support Alyeska's data, voice and radio communications needs.

"The network was originally built and operated by Alascom, and for 27 years has maintained a nearly spotless record for reliability," said Mike Felix, AT&T Alascom President. "We look forward to continuing to serve Alyeska's communications needs and operations, which are critical to Alaska and to the nation."

AT&T Alascom will provide communications services at all points throughout the pipeline's operations, across three major mountain ranges in Alaska. The company will provide new digital microwave services that will allow for additional communications capabilities. With more than 200 microwave and satellite sites statewide, AT&T Alascom is the only company to provide telecommunications service to nearly every community in Alaska providing the link to AT&T's powerful global network.

Alyeska is currently pumping nearly 1 million barrels per day through the TAPS line, from Prudhoe Bay to the ice-free port of Valdez. More than 14 billion barrels of oil have flowed through the line since production began in 1977.

AT&T Alascom also provides service to many of Alaska's largest and most critical public and private enterprises including the Federal Aviation Administration, the United States Coast Guard and The Boeing Company.



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