CYPRESS, Calif., April 17 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- AT&T Inc. (NYSE: T) has announced a new five-year $50 million contract with the Corporation for Education Network Initiatives in California (CENIC) to increase broadband connectivity for its California Research and Education Network (CalREN). The contract will serve every segment of the state's public education system and the 9.5 million Californians who use CalREN every day. CENIC is a nonprofit corporation that supports more than 250 educational and research entities across the state. It was created to leverage the resources of California's educational and research communities in order to obtain cost-effective, high-bandwidth networking to support their missions and answer the needs of their faculty, staff and students. Under terms of the agreement, educational institutions throughout California will get a massive boost in capacity, with up to 250 high-capacity circuits. For more than 10 years, California's research and educational communities have been served by CalREN, a separate, high-performance Internet-based network. Owned and operated by CENIC, CalREN provides high bandwidth connectivity to all of California's public education institutions, from kindergarten classrooms to postgraduate universities, including a significant number of private and independent universities. CalREN enables data sharing, grid computing, cutting-edge science, breathtaking telepresence and video conferencing, distance learning and large collaborative projects. Through its connections to national research and educational networks, CalREN makes it possible for faculty, researchers, teachers, staff and students in the state to collaborate with peers and extend their vision throughout California, the nation and the world. "CENIC was created to serve the interests of the state's research and educational communities, and our agreement with AT&T will ensure that we have the best cutting-edge, dependable infrastructure at an economical price," said Jim Dolgonas, president and CEO of CENIC. "AT&T has always worked shoulder to shoulder with CENIC in helping us serve public education in California, and that alliance just keeps getting better and better. AT&T really understands and responds to the needs of education in the state." This expanded business agreement extends a relationship between AT&T and CENIC that spans more than 10 years. About CENIC California's education and research communities leverage their networking resources under CENIC, the Corporation for Education Network Initiatives in California, in order to obtain cost-effective, high-bandwidth networking to support their missions and answer the needs of their faculty, staff, and students. CENIC designs, implements, and operates CalREN, the California Research and Education Network, a high-bandwidth, high-capacity Internet network specially designed to meet the unique requirements of these communities, and to which the vast majority of the state's K-20 educational institutions are connected. In order to facilitate collaboration in education and research, CENIC also provides connectivity to non-California institutions and industry research organizations with which CENIC's Associate researchers and educators are engaged. CENIC is governed by its member institutions. Representatives from these institutions also donate expertise through their participation in various councils designed to ensure that CENIC meets the needs of its constituencies and that the network evolves as technology advances. For more information, please visit http://www.cenic.org/. About AT&T AT&T Inc. (NYSE: T) is a premier communications holding company. Its subsidiaries and affiliates, AT&T operating companies, are the providers of AT&T services in the United States and around the world. Among their offerings are the world's most advanced IP-based business communications services and the nation's leading wireless, high speed Internet access and voice services. In domestic markets, AT&T is known for the directory publishing and advertising sales leadership of its Yellow Pages and YELLOWPAGES.COM organizations, and the AT&T brand is licensed to innovators in such fields as communications equipment. As part of its three-screen integration strategy, AT&T is expanding its TV entertainment offerings. Additional information about AT&T Inc. and the products and services provided by AT&T subsidiaries and affiliates is available at http://www.att.com. (C) 2008 AT&T Intellectual Property. All rights reserved. AT&T, the AT&T logo and all other marks contained herein are trademarks of AT&T Intellectual Property and/or AT&T affiliated companies. Note: This AT&T news release and other announcements are available as part of an RSS feed at http://www.att.com/rss. For more information, please review this announcement in the AT&T newsroom at http://www.att.com/newsroom.
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