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AT&T Expands Broadband Business Services

AT&T Corp. this week extended its broadband services to U.S. businesses with a suite of cable Internet and Digital Subscriber Line connectivity programs.

The initial roll out of AT&T's (T) broadband business services will provide DSL Internet access at a variety of speeds.

Kathleen Earley, AT&T Internet Services president, said the telecommunications giant will target large businesses with remote access needs and telecommuters with their initial broadband service offerings.

"AT&T Broadband Business Services will leverage AT&T's TCG and TCI acquisitions to launch new high-speed services for business customers," Earley said. "We fully intend to make the most of this tremendous market opportunity for AT&T and intend to be the undisputed leader in helping businesses meet their needs for both narrowband and broadband Internet services."

A key component of AT&T's broadband business services will be the development of its hybrid-fiber coaxial cable infrastructure. AT&T plans to market trials of its cable Internet service for businesses in the fourth quarter in select areas of the Chicago, Dallas, Denver, Portland, San Francisco and Seattle markets. General availability of the HFC service is planned for the first half of 2000.

Leo J. Hindery Jr., AT&T Broadband and Internet Services p