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AEP Extends Network Services Contract with AT&T

American Electric Power has awarded AT&T a three-and-a-half year $24.5-million contract. The contract continues AT&T's relationship with AEP as the local-exchange carrier in most of AEP's operating territory. The agreement also includes AT&T Business Network services and the addition of corporate long distance and wide-area network voice and data traffic and management capabilities.

AEP is a generator of electricity in the United States and owns more than 38,000 MW of generating capacity. AEP provides electricity to more than 5 million customers across an electricity transmission and distribution system that serves Arkansas, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Ohio, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia and West Virginia.

With the efficiency of a single contract, AT&T's business network services are designed to accommodate growth in communications needs and allow effortless shifts in advanced technology that affects AEP and its industry.

In addition to the ABN services, AT&T will continue to handle AEP's local wired services, including frame relay solutions, in nine of the 11 states in which AEP operates.

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