AT&T: Constructs Integrated Network for William Ryan Homes

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FOR RELEASE WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 30, 2005

CHICAGO – AT&T announced today that it has won a contract to provide networking and hosting services for William Ryan Homes Inc., a homebuilding company with operations in Illinois, Wisconsin, Texas and Florida. Terms of the contract were not disclosed.

AT&T will provide an Internet Protocol Virtual Private Network (IP VPN), converging voice and data onto a single network that integrates William Ryan Homes’ eight locations. AT&T also provides hosting services for the company from its Chicago-area Internet Data Center (IDC).

“We chose AT&T as the backbone of our network because no other company has the next generation technology, superior engineering staff and marketplace expertise of AT&T,” said Michael Bautsch, Director of Information Systems at William Ryan Homes. “The AT&T solution addressed our need for a fully-meshed solution that will allow us to effectively communicate with our peers and provide the utmost satisfaction for our customers.”

William Ryan Homes will also gain around-the-clock access to up-to-the minute information about the performance of its network through the secure AT&T BusinessDirect ® Web portal. AT&T BusinessDirect was recently recognized by the Yankee Group for providing customers with the strongest online support and service experience in the industry.

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About William Ryan Homes
Founded in 1992, they have served over 5,000 satisfied homebuyers – individuals, couples, and families – in four states and several metropolitan markets including Chicago, Milwaukee, Tampa, and Dallas/ Ft. Worth. (www.williamryanhomes.com)

About the New AT&T
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