Tab 1, Retail Customer Statements

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Tab 1, Retail Customer Statements

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Mission Federal Credit Union - Gary Devan

  1. I am Gary M. Devan, the Senior Vice President for Enterprise Information Management for Mission Federal Credit Union. I am responsible for Mission Federal's networking and telecommunications decisions, including data and voice channels. I have been in this position for 12 years.
  2. Mission Federal is a not-for-profit, member-owned, federally-chartered credit union located in San Diego County. We serve more than 130,000 member-owners in the San Diego community. We have 24 branches, in addition to a headquarters office and an operations center.
  3. I am very much in favor of the proposed merger between SBC and AT&T. Prior to 2004, we used both companies for our telecommunications services, with AT&T providing long distance voice and SBC providing local services in addition to our metropolitan area data network. In 2004, AT&T showed little interest in keeping our business, which prompted our decision to move to SBC for those services. I believe this merger will create a broader and stronger network and allow us to gain advantages over our previous relationship with both companies, particularly with broadband long distance. Although we are presently located only in San Diego, we see on the horizon the possibility that we will expand our services outside of the San Diego region. We are increasingly finding it difficult to find cost-effective labor within San Diego, and thus we will potentially open up call-centers outside of San Diego County. The alignment of SBC and AT&T will give us more security in our ability to expand geographically in a seamless and cost-effective manner.

STATEMENT OF DARYL WOODARD
(WOODARD TECH & INVESTMENTS LLC
)

  1. I am President of SageNet, an Oklahoma-based company providing wide area network ("WAN") technology to facilitate businesses' credit card processing services. SageNet is a subsidiary of Woodard Technology & Investments LLC.
  2. SageNet resells telecommunications services necessary to create a WAN capable of processing high-speed credit card transactions. Among other things, SageNet provides the interior wiring capable of processing the transaction. SageNet's customers are primarily Quick Service Restaurants such as Arby's and Taco Bueno. Another of SageNet's major customers is convenience store QuikTrip. As part of its service, SageNet purchases and resells telecommunications services from various carriers: inside SBC's territory, SageNet uses SBC's services; outside SBC's territory, SageNet uses Verizon, Qwest, or BellSouth's services. About 80-90% of SageNet's customers are located in SBC's region.
  3. We have an excellent working relationship with SBC and usually do not actively solicit bids from competitors. However, I am aware that there are competitors capable of providing services to SageNet, including BellSouth, Qwest, and Verizon, as well as CLECs both in and out of SBC's region.
  4. I have no concerns about the SBC and AT&T merger; I believe that the merger will be nothing but a good thing for SageNet. Among other things, I hope the merger will permit SageNet to obtain more services from SBC out-of-region. In particular, I anticipate that it will permit SBC to provide local DSL services outside its current territories, and that SBC will have better backhaul capabilities using AT&T's network.

I declare under penalty of perjury that the foregoing is true and correct to the best of my knowledge.


_______________/s/________________
Daryl Woodard
SageNet

Yellow Roadway Technologies Inc.

STATEMENT OF DAVID CORWIN (YELLOW ROADWAY)

  1. I am Vice President of Infrastructure Services for Yellow Roadway Technologies, a subsidiary of Yellow Roadway Corporation ("Yellow Roadway"). Yellow Roadway is a major provider of transportation services, including long- and short-haul, expedited, and logistical services. It has approximately 700 sites located throughout all 50 states and Mexico. Among other things, subsidiary Yellow Roadway Technologies supports the corporation as a whole with respect to contracting for its telecommunications services. In my capacity as Vice President, I am responsible for securing contracts for the majority of Yellow Roadway's telecommunications needs, including local, long distance, network, connectivity, and information technology for both voice and data,
  2. Yellow Roadway's annual telecommunications budget is approximately $15 million, excluding wireless. AT&T is our primary telecommunications provider but we also obtain services from MCI, SBC (local and data in a limited number of circuits), Verizon (wireless), and Bell South (local). Until recently, we additionally obtained services from Sprint
  3. When we have new telecommunications needs or have contracts that are expiring, we contact our current vendors and send out RFPs. Most recently, prior to renewing our contract with AT&T in March 2002, we sent out RFP's to a number of other companies including MCI, McCloud, Sprint, and SBC. SBC did not bid on the contract.
  4. Yellow Roadway's approach to securing telecommunications services is increasingly to partner with large vendors who can fulfill as many of our needs as possible in a one-stop-shopping model. In that way, we can obtain the best possible pricing and operational efficiency. It is my perception that not many of the companies currently in the market can provide the entire breadth of capabilities in terms of types of services, quality of service, and geographic scope that Yellow Roadway needs. Nevertheless, I believe that if Yellow Roadway wanted to divide its telecommunications contracts into component pieces, we would have a more than adequate number of viable alternative providers from which to choose.
  5. Yellow Roadway is pleased with the AT&T and SBC merger. It has been our experience that the two companies offer different services. As a result, Yellow Roadway believes the merger will be of complementary, not competitive, services. The combined company will bring many strengths to the table, including a strong multi-service portfolio for companies to choose from. For customers wanting to have a single company provide all, or the majority, of their telecommunications services, the merger will be of significant benefit. For customers wanting to utilize multiple contracts, a sufficient number of viable alternatives will still exist.

_______________/s/________________
David S. Corwin
Yellow Roadway

5/25/05
Date


Statement of Jim Johnson
Young's Market - Director of Telecommunications

  1. My name is Jim Johnson. I am the Director of Telecommunications for Young's Market. We are a large distributor of wine and spirits in California. We also have distribution offices in Hawaii, are preparing to move into Arizona, and have ownership interests in several companies in Washington, Oregon, Alaska, Montana, Idaho, Utah and Wyoming. Currently we operate 23 locations under the name of Young's Market, but we are rapidly expanding in these other western states and our objective is to stretch nationwide within the next several years.
  2. As Director of Telecommunications, I am responsible for defining our telecommunications needs, identifying carriers for contract negotiations, and overseeing the implementation of all services including our help desk and computer operations for the Young's Market locations. I also review the telecommunications contracts and assist in some decisions of our partner companies.
  3. We have an extensive voice and data network, using a total of 25 T1s for point to point connection. We also have four-digit dialing, twenty-four 800 numbers, video conferencing, and cellular services. SBC is our main carrier for both the local and long distance data and voice services as well as DSL. Verizon provides our local service for two locations in their territory. AT&T provides the ISDN lines (digital switched data) for our videoconferencing services. We use Qwest for our VPN application. Our cellular service is provided by Verizon, Cingular, and Nextel.
  4. As part of my due diligence in securing the most competitively priced and best services, I always go through a formal RFP process. I provide our usage from previous years and request a dollar and cents breakdown, as that tends to be the best barometer. I will then analyze the proposals in light of my knowledge of customer service strengths and weaknesses of the bidders.
  5. The last extensive RFP we sent out was 2 years ago. This was for all of our voice and data services except cellular. We ended up going with SBC, which resulted in a 3 year contract, lit is my recollection that we sent the RFP out to SBC, Verizon, Sprint, WorldCom, XO Communications, AT&T and Qwest. Our objective was to narrow down as much of our services to one provider. We chose SBC for the bulk of these services because SBC was strong in providing local services in our region, and had just become able to offer long distance. At the time we only had about $24,000 a month in long distance (as compared to our current $100,000 a month spend), and we felt comfortable giving SBC a chance given combining local and long-distance was cost- effective for us. I believe we were one of SBC's first customers in the long distance arena.
  6. We will be going through the RFP process again soon as our 3 year contract with SBC expires in November. While we have been very content with SBC's service, and will likely renew the contract, I will still certainly go through the extensive and vigorous RFP process because I believe it ensures that I will get the best pricing and quality of service. As of now, I anticipate that we will send the RFP to SBC, AT&T, Verizon, XO Communications, MCI, Sprint, and Qwest.
  7. We have grown exponentially in the last three years, and expect to expand throughout the country in the years to come. Long distance data and voice services are becoming increasingly significant for us. Ideally we want to stay with a single provider to the extent that we can, as this approach has proven to be valuable in all respects, including service, manageability, and pricing.
  8. Given our plans for growth to other western states and perhaps the east coast, we are very much in favor of the proposed merger between SBC and AT&T. I think it is a tremendous plus for SBC and a plus for customers that have or want to tap into a nationwide network, which is something SBC currently cannot provide. AT&T will give SBC more extensive features and functionalities that Young's Market will need as we expand nationally. I feel more confident in growing knowing that we will still be able to for the most part stick to a single provider, and thus maintain the service and pricing that is most advantage to our business.
  9. In addition, the merger will enable the SBC to compete in the international marketplace. I foresee that at some point Young's Market will need a direct line of connection with European countries, as the United Kingdom and France are significant in the wine and spirits industry. As the economy becomes more global, American companies are disadvantaged inasmuch as they have to reach out to international telecommunications companies and link up connections. Combining the assets of AT&T and SBC will help ensure that an American telecommunications company will attain a broader reach internationally. Consolidation in our telecommunications marketplace is necessary; otherwise, American companies wanting to expand globally will be behind the 8-ball.
  10. Communication needs are a significant component of our business, as they are the centerpiece of efficiencies in distribution. I am constantly looking at new ways of doing things, and striving to secure lower costs. Even given the proposed mergers, I think there is substantial competition out there. Indeed, we have a number of alternatives and options, including using multiple vendors, turning to the second layer of resellers, and nowadays even using cable companies to drive voice. I know that I have choices and will continue to have choices that I can either turn to or use as leverage to get competitive prices and top-quality service.

I declare under penalty of perjury the foregoing is true and correct to the best of my knowledge.


_______________/s/________________
Jim Johnson
Young Market
Director of Telecommunications

Date: 5/6/05

Executed at: Los Angeles, CA
(location)


Statement of Todd Thielbar - KCG, Inc.

  1. My name is Todd Thielbar. I am Information Technology Manager for KCG. Inc. KCG is primarily a distributor of drywall for the building industry. KCG has its corporate headquarters in Lenexa, Kansas, and maintains approximately 40 facilities throughout the United States.
  2. I have been employed by KCG for approximately 10 years, and have held the position of IT Manager at KCG for the last 7 years. As IT Manager, I am responsible for overseeing KCG's entire network, information systems department, solutions development, and document imaging. These responsibilities include the procurement of telecommunications services and telecommunications systems for KCG.
  3. KCG purchases local, long-distance, and data services from various telecom providers. KCG's 40 locations generally take local service from the main local service provider in their area (usually the local Bell Operating Company, although KCG's Florida locations purchase local service from Telcove, which is a reseller). KCG purchases all of its long-distance service, and most of its data services, from AT&T. KCG receives its remaining data services (the provision of data lines to 5 of KCG's 40 locations) from Lightedge. KCG purchases wireless service from a number of carriers, including Nextel, Cingular, T Mobile, Sprint, and Verizon Wireless.
  4. KCG's total annual expenditures for long-distance service are approximately $60,000, all of which are paid to AT&T. I would estimate that KCG's total annual expenditures for data services (including EP) are $420,000, of which approximately 80 percent are paid to AT&T. KCG pays between $360,000 and 5420,000 per year for wireless service from its various providers. I do not have an estimate of KCG's expenditures for local service, because each of KCG's 40 locations individually orders such service from the main provider in their area
  5. For long-distance and data services, KCG selects a provider by soliciting bids from other carriers. KCG last solicited such bids about two years ago. The providers who submitted bids were AT&T, Sprint, MCI, and Lightedge. As KCG's IT Manager, 1 believed that all of these providers were capable of providing the long-distance and data services that we needed. Although I considered a number of factors in choosing KCG's provider (including price and quality of service). I ultimately selected AT&T, which offered the lowest price.
  6. I still believe that Sprint, MCI, and Lightedge are viable competitive alternatives to AT&T as providers of long-distance and data services. I also consider Verizon, BellSouth, and Qwest as competitive alternatives to AT&T, because they can provide the same services that AT&T provides to KCG today.
  7. As IT Manager, I have been contacted quite often by carriers seeking to provide for KCG the telecommunications services that AT&T currently provides. These carriers include, of course, the carriers who bid two years ago to provide such services (Sprint. MCI, and Lightedge). But I have also been contacted by other carriers who could provide these services, including (to the best of my recollection) Birch and Qwest.
  8. KCG favors the proposed merger between SBC and AT&T. I believe that, if SBC and AT&T are permitted to combine their technology and the services that each of them provides, the merged SBC and AT&T will be able to offer a wider range of products and services to customers. In addition, I believe that the merged SBC and AT&T would be able to develop and offer new, and improved, products and services.
  9. In addition, the merger would produce, for KCG, the major benefit of consolidated billing. By receiving a single bill, rather than two bills, for the various services provided by SBC and AT&T KCG will be able to save administrative costs.
  10. KCG has no concerns about the merger. Even after the merger occurs, KCG will still have a number of competitive alternatives available for the provision of the services that AT&T is currently providing. Furthermore, the merger will produce benefits for KCG that do not exist today.

I declare under penalty of perjury that the foregoing is true and correct to the best of my knowledge.


_______________/s/________________
Todd Thielbar
KCG, Inc.


STATEMENT OF JEFF BAIER (Your Vitamins, d/b/a/ PRO-CAP LABORATORIES)

  1. My name is Jeff Baier. I am the Telecommunications Manager of Your Vitamins (d/b/a Pro-Cap Laboratories) at 430 Parkson Rood, Henderson Nevada 89015, I manage my firm's voice and data services. I have worked for Your Vitamins for about six years.
  2. Our telecommunications spending is approximately $6,000 per month. We purchase four T-l trunks from AT&T for voice service and two T-l trunks from AT&T for data service, We purchase business local service from XO and we purchase an alternate T-l trunk from M Power for redundancy purposes.
  3. When Pro-Cap Laboratories has telecommunications needs, or when we consider switching carriers, we call representatives at venous carriers that serve our area. These carriers contact us on a regular basis to let us know that they can provide us service. In addition to AT&T, XO and M-Power,, our area is served by Sprint (for voice and data services) and Cox (for data services).
  4. Given that there are multiple providers of telecommunications services available to Pro-Cap Laboratories, I have no concern that the proposed merger of AT&T and SBC will harm or limit the competitive choices 1 now have for my firm's telecommunications needs

_______________/s/________________
Jeff Baier
Your Vitamins {d/b/a Pro-Cap Laboratories)


STATEMENT OF GARY HODGE (US BANCORP)

  1. I am Executive VP of Technology Planning and Control at US Bancorp. I have been in this position for a little over a year, and have held several senior and executive positions at the company for the last 14 years. US Bancorp has numerous locations in over 35 states throughout the United States. I work out of St. Paul, Minnesota.
  2. US Bancorp uses over 300 carriers for various telecommunications services, most of which are small regional carriers providing local voice services. Our primary service provider is MCI, which we use for long distance voice and data and 1-800 services. The majority of our telecommunications spend is through MCI, AT&T, SBC, and Qwest.. We also use a variety of ILECs and CLECs for local voice and data services.
  3. US Bancorp uses MCI and AT&T as redundant carriers to provide resiliency for long distance voice and data services. Currently, we use MCI for about 80% of our long distance voice traffic and 20% of our long distance data traffic, and AT&T for 20% of our long distance voice and 80% of our long distance data traffic.
  4. SBC is a significant vendor for US Bancorp. US Bancorp uses SBC primarily for local access and local data, as well as a data network supplier (reselling Cisco equipment, and equipment installation and deployment).
  5. US Bancorp solicits bids for telecommunications services through Requests for Information ("RFIs"). US Bancorp prefers RFIs over Requests for Proposals ("RFPs") because RFIs place equal restrictions on the bidders to provide the best available solution to meet our needs, while providing US Bancorp with more flexibility to accept or deny any of the bidders' offers.
  6. A variety of competing carriers are available to service US Bancorp's various telecommunications needs. US Bancorp recently issued RFIs for long distance voice and 1-800 services. We issued the long distance to Qwest, SBC, MCI, and AT&T. All these carriers are capable of providing US Bancorp's required dedicated-to-dedicated and dedicated-to-switch services in a manner that does not double US Bancorp's long distance spend. The RFI for 1-800 services was issued to AT&T and MCI. In addition, there are a number of carriers capable of providing US Bancorp's data service needs, including Sprint, SBC, AT&T, MCI, Qwest, Verizon, BellSouth, and Cincinnati Bell
  7. When choosing among the available carriers to provide specific telecommunications needs, US Bancorp values service quality (which varies widely from carrier to carrier) over price. US Bancorp also favors contract flexibility.
  8. It is my belief that the recent regulatory rulings permitting the RBOCs and CLECs to reenter the long distance market will result in the loss of 30-40% of AT&T and MCI's market share and ultimately force these carriers out of the market altogether. The market has become hyper-competitive, as there is not enough space for five to seven players to provide quality telecommunications services while making a profit. The SBC and AT&T merger will have a positive impact on the industry because AT&T would not otherwise survive against the influx of new entrants in the long distance market
  9. From my perspective, pricing in the telecommunications market is highly competitive and has been so for about 10 years. Pricing has hit near or at rock bottom, and carriers are no longer making sufficient margins on their services. Unless the market has healthy, financially stable companies, the U.S. will fell woefully behind the rest of the world in technology and innovation. Margins have to improve so that the U.S. has a network infrastructure sufficient to compete with the rest of the world. At this time, U.S. earners are not delivering the innovative technology necessary for the market's needs. In particular, the U.S. has already fallen considerably behind Europe and Japan in wireless technology.
  10. From my perspective, I do not see SBC and AT&T as competitors (even though we have sometimes issued the same RFI to both companies). One provides us local access, local data, and equipment, and the other provides us long-distance and 1-800 services. I also feel that US Bancorp has plenty of alternatives to each company in its respective area. As a result, I have no concern about SBC's proposed acquisition of AT&T.
  11. I believe that a combined SBC-AT&T will be beneficial to US Bancorp because it will permit us to obtain a broader array of local and long-distance services from a single vendor. Having a single point of contact for the entire country, instead of multiple points of contact for different services and different areas, will be easier to manage. In addition, a single carrier providing more services will provide a larger account team with which we can develop a close relationship and with which we can work to better meet our telecommunications needs.

I declare under penalty of perjury that the foregoing is true and correct to the best of my knowledge.


_______________/s/________________
Gary Hodge
US Bancorp

5-23-2005
Date

________________________________
Executed at


STATEMENT OF WILLIAM S. JOHNSON
ORCO CONSTRUCTION SUPPLY

  1. Since November 2003,1 have been the Chief of Staff at ORCO Construction Supply. ORCO is a wholesale distributor of construction supplies, hardware, power tools, and accessories, with its headquarters in Livermore, California and twenty-one stores in California, Nevada, and Arizona.
  2. When I came to ORCO in 2003, it was clear that among ORCO's pressing IT infrastructure issues that were important for the company to address was the fact that it used at least seven different vendors to supply its voice and data telecommunications needs. These vendors included XO Communications, which ORCO used for data connectivity (using point-to-point Tl lines) between its store locations and its California headquarters; SBC/Nevada Bell, which ORCO used for local voice service and "last-mile" data traffic in some locations in California and Nevada; Qwest/USWest, which it used for local access in Arizona; AT&T, which ORCO used for long-distance and 1-800 service; Sprint, which ORCO used on an incidental basis for long-distance service; and Verizon, which ORCO used for local access in Verizon territories in California.
  3. The main problem involved in using this variety of vendors was that when an ORCO store lost telecommunications service - something that happens approximately 3-5 times per week across ORCO's locations - the different vendors would engage in finger-pointing. Indeed, it was difficult to figure out which vendor to contact and hold responsible for the problems causing outages, and consequently it was time-consuming to resolve the outages. The time taken to fix outages was a significant cost for ORCO.
  4. In light of these problems, as well as to implement a new Avaya voice-over-IP solution and integrate voice and data services around EP, we decided to consider a new provisioning scenario under which we would consolidate our service as much as possible with a single provider. We considered SBC, MCI, Verizon, and others for this purpose, evaluating them based on two overriding criteria: First, we wanted a provider that would have good control over the local loop, because most of our outages occur in the last mile of service. Our newly engaged IT Director, Dan Hughes, was assigned to conduct this investigation and implement the most effective and efficient system.
  5. Based on these considerations, ORCO selected SBC as its primary carrier, supplemented by provisioning from Verizon and Qwest outside SBC's region. (We will also continue to use XO at limited locations until we complete the implementation of our VoIP solution.) SBC has the best control of local facilities. Also, SBC appears to be located currently in those areas that we plan near-term expansion. Any impact of the AT&T acquisition by SBC was not considered, and is not presently deemed to have any bearing on our decision.
  6. With respect to ORCO's expanded use of SBC for local service at stores within SBC territory, I am not concerned about SBC's acquisition of AT&T because the merger does not currently change the competitive situation in any significant respect. Although SBC is by far our preferred provider of local service, competition from other providers still keeps SBC honest.
  7. Similarly, I do not feel currently threatened by SBC's acquisition of AT&T on the general ground that it might lead to the reassembly of "Ma Bell" in the pre-breakup days. Our immediate concern is that ORCO has solutions - including, for example, VoIP, IP-based data solutions, and wireless capabilities - that enhances our competitiveness, reduces our costs, and provides competitive alternatives to a combined SBC/AT&T.

I declare under penalty of perjury that the foregoing is true and correct to the best of my knowledge.


_______________/s/________________
William Johnson
Chief of Staff
ORCO Construction Supply


Statement of Rick Mahoney - Oak Street Mortgage

  1. My name is Rick Mahoney, and I am Chief Information Officer for Oak Street Mortgage LLC ("Oak Street"), formerly known Cresleigh Bancorp. In this capacity I am responsible for selecting the telecommunications services and telecommunication providers for Oak Street. I have been with the company for three years.
  2. Oak Street, a subsidiary of Oak Street Financial Services, helps borrowers in 27 states buy homes, refinance and consolidate debt. Oak Street is headquartered in Carmel, Indiana, and it has 25 retail outlets. Oak Street spends close to $1.75MM annually on telecommunications services. AT&T Corp. ("AT&T') provides most of these services, including local service where it is able to do so. Oak Street prefers to partner with one telecommunications provider in order to reduce vendor management costs. Oak Street also purchases local telephone services from local exchange carriers.
  3. In my experience purchasing telecommunications services for Oak Street, I have found significant competition among telecommunications providers for our business. Competition has improved prices but better technology has also contributed to lower prices. However, lower prices have caused the telecommunications industry to lose the support characteristics it once had, as well as profitability.
  4. I support the proposed acquisition of AT&T by SBC Communications, Inc. ("SBC") because I believe it would allow the resulting company to leverage AT&T's and SBC's respective strengths. SBC's strength is in providing local service but it lacks the "breadth and depth" to manage a national network. AT&T is not as good as SBC in providing local service but is good at managing a national network. In my view, the company resulting from the merger would provide better value by permitting Oak Street to partner with a single company that can provide a wide range of services and support. 5. For all the reasons above, I support the proposed purchase of AT&T by SBC.

Dated: 4-22-05


_______________/s/________________
Rick Mahoney


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  Customer Care & Acquisition
4301 Cambridge Road
Fort Worth, TX 76155
817-355-8200 phone
817-355-8726 fax
www.novo1.com

STATEMENT OF MITCHELL SWINDELL (NOVO 1, INC.)

  1. I am Senior Vice President of Information Technology for NOVO 1, Inc., f.k.a. Call Solutions. NOVO 1 is a marketing and call center outsourcing company with offices in nine states and telecommunications activities that touch all fifty states. As Senior Vice President of Information Technology, I am responsible for all information technology infrastructure and telecommunications services for the company. In my present and prior positions at NOVO 1, I have been involved with the company's telecommunications since 1999.
  2. NOVO 1 currently contracts for voice (long distance, local, and voice over internet protocol) and data telecommunications services. Annually, NOVO 1 spends millions of dollars for these services, about 80 percent of which is for voice services.
  3. NOVO 1 uses an informal RFP process for selecting its telecommunications providers from multiple possible providers. In contracting for telecommunication services, NOVO 1 prefers using single source contracting for its primary needs because of economies of scale and reliability issues. Single-source contracting is not always possible or practical, however. For example, in some locations NOVO 1 uses multiple carriers due to legacy contracts held by companies we acquire. In other instances, customers sometimes require us to use particular telecommunications providers) in servicing their accounts, particularly for inbound calling purposes. Moreover, given the business we are in, we will use multiple sources to provide redundancy of service for diversity and disaster recovery purposes. As a result, NOVO 1 has current relationships with a number of providers including AT&T, MCI, SBC, Qwest, and some of the Baby Bells, among others.
  4. There is strong pricing competition in the telecommunications industry. It is our further experience that there is currently a sufficient level of competition in the market for the full range of telecommunication services. Moreover, we have found that there are a number of viable options to meet our needs. We believe this will continue to be the case following the merger of AT&T and SBC.
  5. We believe that the merger of AT&T and SBC will create a number of benefits for customers: economies of scale savings; a larger organization to work on enhancements to existing technologies; and an increased range of service offerings.

_______________/s/________________
Mitchell Swindell
NOVO l Inc.


Statement of Randy Dotemoto

  1. My name is Randy Dotemoto. I am Senior Vice President, Chief Financial Officer and General Manager of Nix Check Cashing. I have been with the company for nine years. I have responsibility for overseeing all of our telecommunications decisions. Nix Check Cashing, founded in 1966 is headquartered in Carson, California and has 59 retail stores throughout Southern California including kiosks inside major retailers such as Food 4 Less, Rite-Aid and Big!Lots.
  2. We have traditional land lines for local and long distance voice for all of our locations. Long distance makes up a very small component of our telecommunication spend, as our primary use for it is to call financial institutions to verify checks. The bulk of our telecommunications spend is for data connectivity between our retail locations and main office and with vendor applications that are integrated with our point of sale system. We utilize frame relay, DSL and T1 lines for data connectivity. SBC is our primary provider for these telecommunications services, including long distance. We also use Cingular for our cellular service.
  3. We are a midsized company, and we have proven that it is more cost-advantageous for us to go with a single provider that can offer a total package. Our prior long distance provider was MCI and we have reduced our long distance costs since switching our long distance service to SBC in June 2004. Moreover, our business is extremely dependent upon communications. We deal with financial and other sensitive identity information, which makes security and reliable data connectivity very important to us. We have redundant telecommunication systems that are all provided by SBC. It is essential to me to have one point of contact if a problem arises which provides accountability without the finger pointing that could likely occur if we had multiple providers.
  4. I think that the planned merger between SBC and AT&T will be favorable to us. In particular, I believe that it will allow SBC to expand its service offerings, which I believe can then be incorporated into our total package at a better price. I think the merger will therefore have a positive impact on pricing and quality of service for our business. In addition, I do not believe this merger would reduce competition in the overall marketplace, as I believe that for the most part SBC and AT&T provide different services and there will still remain many players and options to choose from at all levels.

I declare under penalty of perjury the foregoing is true and correct to the best of my knowledge.


_______________/s/________________
Randy Dotemoto

Date: May 5, 2005    Executed at: Carson, CA

Navicert Financial Inc. d/b/a Nix Check Cashing
17019 Kingsview Avenue Carson, California 90746-1220 (310) 538-2242


Statement of Rod Masney- NIBCO

  1. My name is Rod Masney, and I am Director of Information Technology for NIBCO INC ("NIBCO"). In this capacity I am responsible for selecting the telecommunications services and telecommunication providers for NIBCO. I have been with the company for nine years.
  2. NIBCO is a privately-held, 101-year old company mat manufactures flow control products, including fittings, valves, and support systems. NIBCO's headquarters are in Elkhart, Indiana, and it has locations all over the United States, one in Mexico, and one in Europe. NIBCO spends close to $1 million annually on telecommunications services. The lion's share of this amount is for long-distance and data services purchased from AT&T Corp. ("AT&T"). AT&T is NIBCO's preferred provider. NIBCO's strategy is to partner with preferred providers because it believes that such relationships benefit both parties. In addition, NIBCO is too small to manage a large group of vendors. NIBCO also purchases local telephone services from local exchange carriers, and wireless/mobile services from other carriers.
  3. In my experience purchasing telecommunications services for NIBCO, I have found significant competition among telecommunications providers for NIBCO's business. NIBCO currently is in the middle of an RFP process for its voice and data business, and numerous telecommunications providers are seeking to provide these services to NIBCO. The price competition for all services subject to the RFP is fierce. In particular, for many services, including voice and managed services, some providers arc offering prices considerably below what NIBCO currently pays. Some offered prices are so low that I do not see how the providers can make any money.
  4. For the reasons discussed below, I support the proposed acquisition of AT&T by SBC Communications, Inc. ("SBC"). In my view, an AT&T-SBC merger would be a good marriage. At the products and services level, each of the companies brings something to the table. AT&T has a strong global presence for voice and data services. SBC has a strong local presence for voice and data services, and also provides wireless services. NJD3CO wants to partner with a company that can provide a wide range of services. In addition, from a resource perspective, there is great synergy between the two companies mat will enable the combined company to take advantage of efficiencies and a favorable cost structure.
  5. The telecommunications industry is in a consolidation mode. I think this is a good thing. The synergies of consolidation will create more predictable pricing and margin levels for providers. I have seen significant pricing pressure in the industry, to the point where some providers are offering prices that are unsustainable. In addition, the pricing pressure inevitably leads providers to offer lower service quality to meet their prices. I believe that the consolidation in the industry will cause market prices to stabilize, which will be good for providers as well as customers. Hopefully, stable prices will lead to better service quality.
  6. Further, I believe that an AT&T-SBC marriage would be a positive thing because AT&T is an important partner for NIBCO, and I am concerned about AT&T's financial health and the losses that it continues to incur. NIBCO wants a partner that is healthy and strong, and will continue to be around. I believe the merger will be beneficial in this regard.
  7. For all the reasons above, 1 support the proposed purchase of AT&T by SBC.

Dated: April 15, 2005


_______________/s/________________
Rod Mansey


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Information Technology


11335 N. Torrey Pines Rd. La Jolla, CA 92037-1011
(858)642-8145 www.nu.edu

May 4,2005

National University, the second-largest private, nonprofit university in California, is dedicated to making lifelong learning opportunities accessible to a diverse population of learners. National University offers more than 62 undergraduate and graduate degrees, and 17 teacher credential and certificate programs. It also features a unique one-course-per-month format and extensive online courses and degree programs. Disciplines offered include business, technology, criminal justice, computers, education, human services, nursing, counseling, and arts and sciences.

I have been National University's Director of TT for eighteen months and am responsible for overseeing the technology resources of the University, Including network, telephony, administrative systems, websites, email, some academic systems, Help Desk, desktop support, computer equipment in open labs and classrooms, and video conferencing.

I believe that the competitive marketplace for all of our telecommunications services is quite healthy. For example, prior to the merger proposed between AT&T and SBC, we re-bid our contract for long distance, for which the incumbent was AT&T, and we ultimately selected SBC as the new provider. While staff may have thought that we would of course choose SBC because they are our network provider, this was not the case. Numerous vendors offered their proposals through our RFP process. We reviewed each of these proposals in depth in order to make our decision, and found there was healthy competition.

New technologies have opened up many opportunities for the University and we anticipate that our options will increase in the future. As an example, we now operate a converged network, for which all local access data lines are SBC ATM circuits. We have incorporated VoIP throughout the network for our toter-office communications. Our next benchmarking project will concern best practices for implementing wireless technologies across our enterprise, and currently, we are piloting SBC's wireless hotspot technology in two of our locations.

National University watches all mergers in the technology and telecommunications fields quite carefully. Fundamentally, we want to ensure that the quality of products and services we offer our customers does not decline. We hope and believe that consolidation will and can improve the quality of our telecommunications services, particularly with respect to our ability to seamlessly incorporate new technologies. I do not anticipate that the proposed merger between SBC and AT&T will adversely affect our services, as I expect that the combined company will keep on board the best and brightest to assist organizations like National University in implementing innovative and effective telecommunications solutions.

I declare under penalty of perjury the foregoing « true and correct to the best of my knowledge.

Sincerely,

/s/
Eileen D. Heveron, PhD
Director, Information Technology


STATEMENT OF MR. JACKSON LIN (ASUSTek COMPUTER INC.)

  1. My name is Jackson Lin. I am the Assistant Manager - Network Design at ASUSTek Computer Inc. In that capacity, I am responsible for ASUSTek's sophisticated telecommunications needs.
  2. ASUSTek is headquartered in Taipei, Taiwan and has business locations around the world. ASUSTek is a leading global manufacturer of electronics, including computer equipment (for example, ASUSTek is a worldwide supplier of personal computer motherboards), communications equipment and consumer electronics. ASUSTek purchases multiple "sophisticated" telecommunications services from AT&T. Specifically, Asustek purchases networked data center services and EVPN services from AT&T (primarily, in California and Holland). ASUSTek also purchases local and long distance services from AT&T and a variety of other providers in the many worldwide locations where it conducts its business activities.
  3. I regard telecommunications services as very important and I am very pleased with AT&T's performance (both technical and customer service) and security. I regard AT&T's sophisticated services as the best available.
  4. The proposed merger between SBC and AT&T is a good thing for AT&T, SBC and ASUSTek. In my view, SBC and AT&T provide complimentary services - SBC provides sophisticated local services and AT&T has a sophisticated worldwide network. I believe that the merged entity will likely have the capacity to provide a broader spectrum of sophisticated

I declare under penalty of perjury that the foregoing is true and correct to the best of my knowledge.


_______________/s/________________
Jackson Lin
ASUSTek Computer Inc.
April ,2005


BALDOR
MOTORS, DRIVERS & GENERATORS


Baldor Electric Company
5711 R.S. Boreham Jr. St.
Fort Smith, AR 72901
(479)646-4711 FAX (479)648-5841
www.baldor.com

STATEMENT OF ROB CATES
(BALDOR ELECTRIC COMPANY)

  1. I am Systems and Operations Manager for Baldor Electric Company. Among other things, Baldor manufactures industrial electric motors and generators and has plants in twelve states and overseas. As Systems and Operations Manager, I am responsible for all voice and data telecommunications for Baldor, including local and long distance, computer, hardware, internet, and cellular services. I have been in my current position for approximately 4 years. In addition, for about seven years before that I was also involved in telecommunications contracting for Baldor.
  2. Baldor currently spends between $8,000 and $10,000 monthly for voice (local and long distance), data (internet), and wireless telecommunications services. Our primary providers are MCI and SBC. We also use a number of other companies that are local to particular markets. In the past, Baldor also used AT&T.
  3. The majority of Baldor's facilities participate in corporate-wide contracts. Some facilities, however, have their own contracts for local voice or other services. Elmer way, all contracting is managed through Baldor's corporate office.
  4. When Baldor has telecommunications needs, it typically uses an informal RFP process. We will contact established companies with strong business records which offer the services we need. Cost is a significant, but not the only, factor in our final selection. We use multiple providers for both voice and data services. For voice services we use multiple providers because of the cost advantages of doing so. For data services, multiple providers give us necessary back-up protection.
  5. The telecommunications market is much more competitive today than it was five years ago, At that time, customers wanting reliable service only had a few choices. - Today, that is no longer the case. Baldor believes that the current market for telecommunications services is very competitive in terms of the number of companies providing services, the range of services being provided, and cost We have lots of options for meeting our needs. We do not believe the merger between AT&T and SBC will change this, Moreover, in general, mergers can result in benefits to customers both in terms of improved costs and services. I expect that will prove true in this instance for the reasons I have stated above.

_______________/s/________________
Rob Cates
Baldor Electric Company


STATEMENT OF JEFFREY CAMPBELL AND FREDERICK GRATKE
(BNSF RAILWAY COMPANY)

  1. This is a joint statement of Jeffrey Campbell, Vice President Technology Services and Chief Information Officer of BNSF Railway Company ("BNSF"), and Frederick Gratke, Assistant Vice President of Telecommunications, of BNSF.
  2. BNSF is headquartered in Fort Worth, Texas, and operates an extensive railroad network in North America, with 33,000 route miles covering 28 states and two Canadian provinces. On average, we spend about $30 million annually on telecommunications services from commercial providers. This is in addition to the money we spend on BNSF's own safety and security-critical telecommunications infrastructure.
  3. BNSF relies upon its own telecommunications infrastructure for a wide range of safety and security critical monitoring and control functions. In addition, because of our vast geographic coverage, we also utilize a number of telecommunications providers. These telecommunications carriers are selected through a competitive bidding process as contracts expire and new services are needed. Our current local voice carriers include Verizon, Qwest, Sprint, SBC, AT&T, and MCI. Our long distance is primarily with AT&T, although we also use MCI and Sprint.
  4. In addition, we have also conducted a detailed analysis of various systems integrators, narrowing down the pool of competitors to and seriously considering EDS, although we have chosen not to pursue this avenue at this point.
  5. We are currently exploring a shift to VoIP and have participated in discussions with SBC and Qwest, among others, with regard to VoIP deployments.
  6. When selecting a telecommunications carrier, the qualities we seek are reliability and a competitive price. We are also concerned about the carriers' financial viability.
  7. We believe that the SBC/AT&T merger will benefit the telecommunications industry and consumers, as it will allow these companies to focus on developing their products and on emerging technologies, rather than on the financial difficulties they may be facing or come to face in the future on their own.
  8. In addition, we believe that consolidation will hasten the standards-setting process for new technologies, which we are eager to test. Furthermore, we believe that consolidation of telecommunications providers will lead to cost savings, because the industry is highly capital-intensive and efficiencies can be obtained by combining the competitors' networks.
  9. As a result, we are very supportive of SBC's acquisition of AT&T. We are not concerned that this acquisition will produce an anticompetitive effect. We believe that the telecommunications marketplace will remain competitive after this acquisition. SBC's acquisition of AT&T will unite SBC's local services with AT&T's long distance infrastructure, which makes for a positive and powerful combination.
  10. We look forward to dealing with companies that can offer a multitude of services supporting and supplementing our own private telecommunications infrastructure at all levels: regional, national, and international.

I declare under penalty of perjury that the foregoing is true and correct to the best of my knowledge.

At: _Fort Worth, Texas

Dated: 5/9/05

Dated: 5/23/05


_______________/s/________________
Jeffrey Cambell
_______________/s/________________
Frederick Gratke


STATEMENT OF LARRY EBERT - CBC COMPANIES

I am the president of Credit Bureau Collection Services (CBCS). CBCS is a division of CBC Companies. CBC Companies owns various businesses specializing in:

  1. Real Estate Services
    1. Mortgage reporting
    2. Appraisals
    3. Title work
    4. Flood certifications and etc.
  2. Consumer Databases
    1. TransUnion Affiliate
    2. Experian Affiliate
    3. Innovis
    4. AmRent
  3. Direct Marketing Products
    1. MKTG
  4. Technical Applications and Software
    1. ACAPS (Application Processing for Credit Grantors)
    2. MACS (System used to process mortgage reports)
    3. CBCWIN and CBCWEB (Credit delivery systems)
  5. CBCS (Collections and First Party call center activity)

As president of CBCS, I am responsible for collections and call center activity. I have been in this position for 3 years. I have been employed with CBC Companies for 29 years doing various jobs.

CBC has a variety of telecommunication needs. This includes our call centers' needs, as well as other customer requirements to access millions of consumer records from all over the United States. CBC has made multiple purchases and secured contracts with SBC. These include Tl 's, Centrex phone systems, Intra Latte long distance, PBX phone systems, OC-12, IVR system, and other miscellaneous products.

The majority of our telecom services, however, are provided by MCI. We also do business with Quest and Verizon. When we seek services for our call centers and other applications we call upon all of the big telecom providers to compete for our business. An example of the competition is: We recently issued a formal RFP for an IP system. An outside consultant handled the bidding process. I know that the RFP went out to a number of providers, but it came down to MCI and SBC. The consulting company recommended that we go with MCI because of price and we did.

I have no concerns about the SBC and AT&T merger. I do not think that it is going to make a difference in our ability to get competitive bids. There are numerous competitors who continuously let us know they want our business.

I declare under penalty of perjury the foregoing is true and correct to the best of my knowledge.

 

_______________/s/________________
Larry Ebert


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April 29,2005

Susan M. Mathews
Sidley Austin Brown & Wood LLP
555 California St.
San Francisco, CA 94104

Dear Ms. Mathews,

I am the Vice President for Accounting and Information Systems for Dairy Farmers of America, Inc. (DFA). DFA is the largest dairy cooperative in the United States with locations in forty-nine of the fifty states, and eighty-seven locations on our data network.

DFA spent approximately $1.76 million on data, long distance voice, local voice, and IP services with AT&T in 2004. DFA is mid-way through our current service contract with AT&T. At the time that we negotiated this contract, I compared the price, services, and technology offered by several other comparable suppliers. The three finalists for this contract were AT&T, Qwest and SBC. However, I do not believe that the merger between AT&T and SBC will limit DFA's options or result in an increase in future prices to DFA for many reasons.

Most importantly, 1 think that AT&T and SBC are not really offering the same services. Also they do not have the same capabilities. We ultimately chose AT&T for our long distance and data contract because I did not think that SBC made a convincing case that it could really provide the national reach and sophisticated data services that we knew were offered by AT&T. I think that the combined company will be able to offer us a better package of services with better prices. 1 think that the ability of companies to have a one-stop shop that offers all of the voice and data services that an organization needs through a single account service team is a big benefit for customers.

My own view is also that the telecom market will remain extremely competitive even with consolidation between local service providers and long distance providers. There are so many different technology options for consumers now such as VoIP and wireless, which phone companies will have to continue to compete with other types of companies. Also these advances are continuing to bring more efficiencies and better rates. For all of these reasons, I think that the proposed merger between AT&T and SBC is a positive development for DFA and for the telecom industry,

I declare under penalty of perjury the foregoing is true and correct to the best of my knowledge.

Sincerely,

/s/

Joe Clark
Vice President - Accounting & Information Systems
Dairy Farmers of America


STATEMENT OF GENE KINCY (D.R. PERTENERS/SOUHTWEST TIMES)

  1. I am the publisher of the Southwest Times Record. Part of my job involves working with die IT department to make the Southwest Times' telecommunications decisions. The Southwest Times is one of approximately 24 publications published under the corporate umbrella of Stevens Media Group, which is headquartered in Las Vegas. In addition to the Southwest Times, the Stevens Media publications include the Las Vegas Review Journal, The Hawaii Tribune-Herald and West Hawaii Today, and The Morning News (the Southwest Times' sister publication in Northwest Arkansas). Stevens Media Group is owned by Stevens, Inc., which is headquartered in Little Rock, Arkansas.
  2. The Southwest Times is made up of two offices located in Fort Smith, Arkansas, as well as a printing facility. SBC is our primary telecommunications carrier, although we obtain cell service from ALLTEL and use microwave service provided by New Roads Technology to send our newspages from the office to the pressroom.
  3. Before our switch to microwave, we had obtained high speed lines provided from our corporate office in Las Vegas, as part of the corporate wide area network (WAN). We transitioned to microwave about 5 years ago, when we started producing pages for The Morning News and when New Roads approached us with the microwave option.
  4. The Stevens Media Group set up the WAN several years ago through AT&T to connect the various publications to the Las Vegas headquarters. The WAN still exists, but beginning about 2-3 years ago most of the local publications began provisioning their own telecommunications services.
  5. Once the local publications moved away from the AT&T WAN, the Southwest Times began to obtain local and long distance voice and data from SBC. We did not bid this service out to various vendors, because I was familiar and happy with SBC's quality services, and because quality was the most important characteristic for me. However, both Sprint and ALLTEL provide services in my territory, and I could turn to them if I began experiencing problems with SBC.
  6. I have absolutely no competitive concerns about the merger between SBC and AT&T. My past experiences with SBC have proven to me that SBC is an excellent company providing quality service at competitive rates. I do not believe the merger will change this in any way.

I declare under penalty of perjury that the foregoing is true and correct to the best of my knowledge.

 

_______________/s/________________
Gene Kincy
Southwest Times


STATEMENT QF KENT BELASCO
CHIEF INFORMATION OFFICER OF FIRST MTDWEST BANK

  1. I am Kent Belasco, Executive Vice President and CIO of First Midwest Bank.
  2. First Midwest purchases primarily data network, management and monitoring services from SBC. We also lease routers and data circuits from SBC. The data network management and monitoring services have been provided to us under a five-year contract that is up for renewal. We are currently entertaining a three-year contract proposal to continue these services. Global Crossing provides our long distance service.
  3. For most major telecommunications purchases we typically use an RFI process that concludes in an RFP. If the services sought are monetarily small, we use a less formal process.
  4. First Midwest outsources its core data processing to Metavante, Outsourcing is useful to supplement the depth and expertise of the technological resources of a company so that the burden of rapid growth or handling newer technologies does not fall solely on the enterprise. That said, enterprise customers are sophisticated purchasers of telecommunications services and outsourcing is used predominantly as a means of effectively leveraging and allocating scarce resources.
  5. I believe the SBC/AT&T merger will be beneficial to enterprise customers. It will present customers with a larger organization with greater opportunities and resources that will translate into customer benefits. In the long-term there will be potential technological benefits to the merger as well, Such as improved VoIP technology, among others.
  6. As I have seen in the banking industry, the proliferation of bank mergers actually creates some competitive niches in the marketplace and allows smaller entities to capture a very specific, albeit smaller, market segment. Therefore I believe new entrants in the telecom field can and will occur, as in banking, and can potentially keep prices in check and present potential additional technological options that will maintain, if not increase, the overall competitive environment.
  7. Customers can also benefit from being able to obtain a majority of their service needs from a single source. In the past, that has not always been possible or easy to accomplish. The contemplated SBC/AT&T merger will hopefully allow us to do so. This is both simpler, administratively, and allows a customer to seek better pricing through relationship pricing and management due to the range of services being purchased.
  8. In summary, I believe that the proposed merger is capable of resulting in greater breadth and depth of services that draw upon greater resources and provides a wider range of technological opportunities. My only concerns are how long it will take to conclude, whether the bureaucratic and administrative aspects attendant to the merger will occur smoothly, and whether our company -- being a relatively small entity -- will be able to easily and effectively get the attention of the even larger SBC At the same time, as discussed above, I anticipate that the increased size of the combined company will be beneficial from a resource and technology standpoint.

I declare under penalty of perjury that the foregoing is true and correct. Executed on this 16th day of May, 2005 in Itasca, Illinois.

 

_______________/s/________________
Kent Belasco


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STATEMENT OF MICAHEL MORAN - FREMONT BANK

  1. My name is Michael Moran. I am the Chief Information Officer of Fremont Bank. My role is to provide oversight for all information technology strategic planning and operations for the company. I have been in my position for over fourteen years.
  2. Fremont Bank is a community bank primarily based in the South San Francisco Bay area, including Alameda and Contra Costa Counties and some parts of San Jose. We have a branch in Carmel, and are beginning to stretch out into the Central Valley. We also have loan offices in Sacramento, San Diego, Bend, OR, Las Vegas, NV, and Scottsdale, AZ.
  3. Our core telecommunications services are with SBC. This is by choice, as we have made a concerted effort over the last several years to consolidate billing and minimize the number of vendor relationships we need to manage.
  4. I firmly believe we have options for our telecommunications solutions, and indeed we keep those options open by welcoming quotes from other providers. In the most recent past we have received quotes from companies new to the industry. For example Time Warner has laid extensive fiber throughout our region, and can offer equivalent data and voice services that we currently get from SBC. Comcast is also laying fiber. VoIP providers like Cisco and Skype abound. Fiber has become an effective way for businesses in our region to leverage their existing telecommunications services.
  5. In this light, I do not believe that the proposed SBC and AT&T will result in an increase in pricing. The fight is really no longer about copper-based services, but about fiber and satellite infrastructures. The number of vendors out there that have appeared on the scene with fiber and Internet connectivity for VoIP should prevent any anticompetitive effect from this merger. If anything, you could make the argument that the newer players have the advantage. They have more mobility. They do not have to deal with the fiscal constraints of an extensive copper, analog, non-switched legacy environment.
  6. Overall, I think this merger puts the bank in a better position, as it gives SBC that many more arrows in its quiver that we can tap into. What it comes down to for us is the ability to leverage the services that our telecom provider can give us. I do not want to manage a number of different vendors. That only complicates our ability to secure seamless telecommunications solutions to serve our customers. I see SBC and AT&T as complementary companies. We have been happy with SBC's services, and we look favorably upon AT&T's broader network as we anticipate more expansion in the western states.
Date: 5/23/05

_______________/s/________________
Michael Moran
Vice President & Chief Information Officer
Information Systems
Fremont Bank

Executed at: 10:40 am


Statement of Tom Kress - Journal Sentinel

  1. I am the director of information technologies at Journal Sentinel. I participate in decisions the company makes with respect to purchasing all telecommunications services. I have been in this position for one year.
  2. Journal Sentinel publishes the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, which serves as the only major daily newspaper for the Milwaukee metropolitan area. We are a subsidiary of Journal Communications, Inc., which is a holding company for six sister media and communications companies. Journal Communications is headquartered in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. The Journal Sentinel makes its own telecommunications decisions, and those decisions affect Journal Communications Corporate Office by the fact we operate out of the same central office building.
  3. All of Journal Sentinel's facilities are in Wisconsin. We have distribution centers throughout the state, but our main focus is the six to seven county area surrounding Milwaukee. SBC is the most established provider in this metropolitan area, and therefore the bulk of our telecommunications services are with SBC. SBC provides all of our local data and voice services for our central office in Milwaukee, including PBX and a SONET ring that connects our office to our production facilities, which are about five miles from downtown. SBC also provides our Internet services through DS3s and T1s. We have a maintenance contract with SBC for our infrastructure. We use several mom and pop providers to serve the telecommunications needs of our distribution centers throughout the state, as our decision is primarily driven by price. We have some AT&T long distance voice services, but we tend to go with the local carrier at each location, including SBC in Milwaukee. Recently we have evaluated and are in the process of converting some of our Distribution Centers to VOIP services through Time Warner that currently have ISDN network terminations (as opposed to DSL). We expect the transition to be relatively seamless, and our services will be enhanced while saving money.
  4. We are always looking for more cost effective and efficient telecommunications services, and absolutely use an RFP process to make certain that we seek and choose our best options. For the last couple of years we have worked with INI, a consulting company that audits our phone bills for all of our locations and researches alternatives. We have made some adjustments as a result of their recommendations. For example, this consulting service is what led us to add VOIP technology with Time Warner at a number of our locations.
  5. We do not think that the planned merger of SBC and AT&T will have a major impact on our existing telecommunications services, or for that matter will change the competitive landscape in our area. SBC is ready the only copper based carrier in the metropolitan Milwaukee area and thus we will likely continue to use SBC for the bulk of our services. We have been very happy with SBC's network, services, and account team. One aspect about this merger that we find particularly exciting and interesting is the opportunity for SBC and AT&T together to improve their VOIP technology. From our perspective, currently only the cable companies have provided this service effectively, and in our region our options are limited to Time Warner. We will be keeping a very close eye on our options for VOIP services, and hope that this merger will bring more competition in the area.

I declare under penalty of perjury the foregoing is true and correct to the best of my knowledge.

 

_______________/s/________________
Tom Kress
Journal Sentinel

4/4/05


STATEMENT OF BOB ELLISON (GREGG APPLIANCES INC)

  1. This is the statement of Bob Ellison, Chief Information Officer of Gregg Appliances Inc. Gregg Appliances is a billion dollar operation that manages high-end consumer electronics and appliance stores throughout Indiana, Ohio, Tennessee, Alabama, Georgia, Kentucky, North Carolina, and South Carolina.
  2. SBC provides us with dedicated hosting, Internet connectivity, Tl, and NVPN services throughout Gregg Appliances' areas of operation. SBC also provides local services to us in all the states in which it is the ILEC. A combination of AT&T and various mom and pop operators provide local voice services in the states in which SBC does not operate. Qwest provides all of our long distance and toll-free calling services.
  3. The aforementioned companies won Gregg Appliances' business based on an RFP that the company sent out in May or June of 2004 for all services to be provided under a 36-month contract MCI, Sprint, Qwest, and AT&T all competed for some or all of the services requested in the RFP. SBC won the data and local access service contracts because it had the best service plan and offered the package at a competitive price.
  4. I believe mat the merger between SBC and AT&T will be great for the industry and great for enterprise customers like Gregg Appliances. First, the two companies complement each other in the services and products they provide. SBC's core competencies are local service and hosting, while AT&T has the best data network and national voice service. The companies are a perfect fit for each other.
  5. Second, Gregg Appliances, like most enterprise customers, prefers to work with one telecommunications vendor. This allows us to allocate our money effectively and increases our vendors* ability to respond through ownership of any issues, like the interconnectivity problems that frequently occur in connecting the last mile of communications.
  6. Third, there will continue to be competition in the telecommunications industry, and this competition will come from both the firms discussed above and from non-traditional sources. For example, Gregg Appliances currently uses VoIP in its company headquarters and in about 20% of its remote facilities, which runs on Cisco's system.
  7. Fourth, I believe that prices will continue to decrease after the merger. The last competitor will always force price competition. Right now, a carrier called Vonage runs its telecommunications over the Internet It is 25% cheaper to use mat than traditional voice services. Gregg Appliances has not switched yet because it is a big company and has some concerns about quality and reliability of a new solution. As the quality of the services improves, however, there will be nothing to prevent Gregg Appliances from switching to Vonage or any other tow-price carrier, as many small businesses have done.
  8. For all of these reasons, the merger is a good thing in my opinion. An integrated network will lead to reduced costs and better services, and competition will continue to exist

I declare under penalty of perjury that the foregoing is true and correct. Executed on this 13 day of April, 2005 in Indianapolis, Indiana.

 

_______________/s/________________
Bob Ellison
Chief Information Officer
Gregg Appliances Inc.


Statement of John Novak - La Quinta Inns, Inc.

  1. My name is John Novak. I am Chief Information Officer (CIO) for La Quinta Inns, Inc. La Quinta operates more than 300 mid-si2ed hotels across the United States. La Quinta's corporate headquarters are located in Irving, Texas.
  2. I have been La Quinta's CIO for approximately four years. My responsibilities include all matters related to technology support and implementation for La Quinta, including computers and telecommunications capabilities. I oversee the negotiations with, and selection of, the providers of the telecommunications services that La Quinta needs.
  3. La Quinta purchases its telecommunications services from a variety of providers. AT&T currently provides La Quinta with long-distance service, local service (through AT&T Digital Link), and data services (including Frame Relay and Internet Protocol). But AT&T is not the only provider from which we purchase these services. For example, La Quinta purchases some long-distance service from US LEG, and obtains traditional wireline local service from US LEC, Qwest, BellSouth, SBC, and McLeod. We also purchase Internet services from MCI, US LEC, Time Warner, Signal Mountain (a satellite carrier), and SBC.
  4. La Quinta does not use AT&T as a provider for some types of telecommunications services. MCI provides La Quinta with VPN (Virtual Private Network) service. For wireless service, La Quinta uses Verizon. Cingular, and Sprint PCS.
  5. This year, La Quinta invited interested carriers to submit bids to provide us with Internet service. At the time we solicited bids, La Quinta purchased most of its Internet service from AT&T. After reviewing the bids, we decided that we would purchase Internet service not only from AT&T, but also from MCI, US LEC, Signal Mountain, and SBC.
  6. With respect to services other than Internet services, La Quinta has contracted with a third party, Symphony Services, to assist it in the selection of service providers. Symphony Services makes recommendations to La Quinta as to which providers to select for the provision of particular services, and conducts negotiations with prospective service providers on behalf of La Quinta.
  7. La Quinta is frequently contacted by various telecommunications carriers seeking to provide telecom services for us. These carriers include not only our current service providers, but also a number of other carriers from which we have not purchased any services to date, such as Covad and Broadwing. The carriers who contact us seek any business that they can get, including the services that AT&T currently provides for La Quinta.
  8. La Quinta has a wide range of providers from which to choose for the provision of the telecommunications services currently provided by AT&T. As I have previously stated, La Quinta uses at least one other service provider for virtually all of the services that AT&T provides to us. In my opinion, MCI and Sprint are competitive alternatives for any or all of the services that we receive from AT&T. There are other carriers which could provide at least some, if not all, of these services. For example, US LEC could provide some of these services nationwide, and others in its service region. I believe that Time Warner, which already provides us with Internet service, could also provide at least the Frame Relay service that we currently receive from AT&T.
  9. I have no concerns about the proposed merger between AT&T and SBC. Consolidation is inevitable in the telecommunications industry. Furthermore, the merger is likely to produce benefits for current customers of AT&T and SBC, because it will enable the two companies to fill "gaps" in their respective current service offerings. As a result, a combined SBC and AT&T is likely to provide a full service offering, allowing one-stop shopping by customers.
  10. I also have no concerns that proposed merger will affect the availability of competitive alternatives to customers such as La Quinta. As I have already discussed, there are numerous providers from which La Quinta can choose to provide the types of services that AT&T provides today. La Quinta already uses at least one other carrier (and, for some services, several carriers) to provide most of the types of services that it receives from AT&T. Other carriers who could provide all or some of these services regularly contact La Quinta, seeking our business. In the past, the availability of numerous alternatives has enabled La Quinta to receive favorable terms from its telecom providers by "playing off' one provider against the other. I do not believe that this situation will change after the proposed merger takes place.

I declare under penalty of perjury that the foregoing is true and correct to the best of my knowledge.

 

_______________/s/________________
John Novak
La Quinta Inns, Inc.


STATEMENT OF WILLIAM NOAKES (MEIJER, INC.)

  1. My name is William Noakes. I am Chief Information Officer for Meijer, Inc. Meijer is a large privately-held retailer based in Grand Rapids, Michigan that operates in Michigan, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, and Ohio.
  2. Meijer spends approximately $9 million annually on telecommunication services. The majority of that (around $4 to $5 million) is spent on SBC local voice and data services. SBC also provides the last mile for our communication services. The rest of the company's telecommunication needs, mainly long distance, are provided by AT&T and Qwest.
  3. Meijer generally uses customized RFPs to assist in fulfilling our telecommunication requirements. We may consider a wide-range of companies for a particular service or project and eventually select a particular company based on price, service and reliability. For example, we have considered Qwest and MCI at various times for provision of our local data services. Ultimately, we chose SBC based on the competitiveness of the package it offered us. On the other hand, although SBC has attempted to obtain our long distance business, we have not felt that it was price competitive with AT&T and Qwest, the two current providers of our long distance services. Moreover, SBC is net a known for its long distance business and thus, we felt safer with companies that are traditionally in that business.
  4. I am in favor of the SBC-AT&T merger. In my opinion, there will not be any anticompetitive effect that results from the merger. It is my belief that there is a difference in the services and products for which enterprise customers, such as Meijer, use SBC and AT&T. I believe that SBC is strong, competitive provider of local services and has demonstrated to Meijer its ability to effectively provide good data/network services. AT&T, on the other hand, is known for its long distance services. Thus, there are strong synergies that will likely result from the merger.
  5. There are also numerous other market factors that I believe ensure that there is now and will continue to be competition in the telecom arena. For example, enterprise customers are increasingly converging telecommunications services around IP. This will also become increasingly the case as companies try to reduce costs and manage the influx of massive amounts of data. While the changeover has been somewhat slow in occurring due to investments in legacy systems, I believe the future for enterprise customers is in IP convergence. Meijer, for instance, has already moved to web-based computing. The next issue for the company is integrated voice and data. I believe that the merged SBC-AT&T would have a greater capacity to provide our future needs of integrated voice and data. This may, in my view, ultimately result in a greater role of cable companies or others in the telecommunications industry that will help maintain competition in the industry.
  6. The same is true for voice over IP (VoIP). Meijer has already moved in the direction of replacing traditional voice services with VoIP. Meijer has begun to ramp up its efforts in this area with AT&T and to some extent with Qwest. Once the technology becomes more settled and reliable, I would expect a massive shift to its use, and along with that shift it would ensure there continues to be competition for voice services among numerous players.
  7. Customers are also beginning to move to outsourcing IT and telecommunications needs to integrators. About every two years, Meijer reviews whether using an integrator would be cheaper and more efficient for the company. This process typically involves Meijer hiring consultants to assist us in structuring an RFP that we then send out to leading companies such as Accenture, HP, and IBM to establish whether they are able to provide services at a lower cost. Faced with increasing pressure to reduce costs, the combined knowledge and capabilities of these integrators ensures that enterprises such as Meijer have available highly competitive pricing and product choices. Although we have in the past decided against using such integrators, we do and will continue to look at it as one among our various options in fulfilling the company's telecommunication needs.
  8. In addition, Meijer is a sophisticated purchaser that will continue to use multiple telecom providers. This helps us ensure both that we always have reliable service in case there are problems with one carrier or the other. It also guarantees that neither company will grow complacent and will continue to attempt to compete for our business on price, service, and overall quality. A good example of this is Meijer's use of AT&T and Qwest, and long-distance services. AT&T was at one point our lead provider of long distance services. Over time, Meijer has increasingly relied upon Qwest for those services both due to the competitive rates and service provided.
  9. I believe the combination of SBC and AT&T will provide a range of synergies that will yield numerous benefits for Meijer and other consumers.
  10. First, I believe the merger is likely to increase efficiency in customer account servicing. Often the use of multiple carriers, though desirable and available as an option in the marketplace, leads to some confusion as to which company is responsible for any problems in the system or service. If one company is providing everything then it will reduce system integration, resolution time and finger pointing.
  11. Second, 1 believe the merger will lead to provision of a greater array of services. Specifically, the merger with AT&T will allow SBC to leverage the research capabilities that AT&T has to offer more cutting edge products and services. It will also permit SBC to enter the long distance and VoIP market, markets where I consider them to currently be non-competitive.
  12. Third, the merger is likely to result in lower prices, in my opinion. It is my hope, and I think the future will bear this out, that a single company that is larger in terms of revenue but that becomes smaller in the general services and administration costs needed to am the company will result in lower prices to the consumer. I also believe that the current market environment that has generated the mergers will also eventually lead to international players entering the market and competing with these companies, which will also result in lower prices.
  13. For years, the telecommunications industry has been undergoing tremendous change and I expect that to continue in the future. New products and services are required by customers like Meijer every day. A combined SBC and AT&T will result in Meijer having the best of both telecom worlds under one roof. I expect that the efficiencies from such a merger will lead to better opportunities for all customers.
  14. I declare under penalty of perjury that the foregoing is true and correct. Executed on this 24th day of March, 2005 in Grand Rapids, Michigan.
 

_______________/s/________________
William S. Noakes, Jr.


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David Watts ­ Granite Construction

  1. My name is David Watts. I am the Director of Information Technology for Granite Construction Incorporated ("Granite"). Granite is in the business of heavy construction, and are best known nationwide for our major transportation projects including roads, highways, tunnels, bridges and airports. Granite also produces construction materials, including sand, gravel, ready-mix and asphalt concrete. We are predominately located in the western contiguous states (California, Utah and Nevada), with our headquarters in Watsonville, CA. However, we have locations throughout the country corresponding to the sites of our major projects and permanent offices of subsidiary companies. Granite operates through two divisions: the Branch Division which serves local markets in the western United States and the Heavy Construction Division, which builds larger jobs nationwide.
  2. Granite is a decentralized entity in that our Branches and Regional Offices operate as individual profit centers. Each of our substantial project sites and office locations require data and voice services. As Director of IT, I oversee the telecommunications decisions involving our headquarters in Watsonville, CA as well as specific sites within the Branch Division. I also negotiate corporate agreements with vendors for a variety of telecommunications services that all of our locations have the option of joining.
  3. Currently SBC provides most of the local voice and data services for our western locations (headquarters and Branch Division). Sprint is our primary long distance provider. Our project operations rely heavily on Nextel for cellular services, as they favor the push to talk technology.
  4. Granite currently petitions out its telecommunications services into separate RFPs. However, I have increasingly found this piecemeal approach to be overly time-consuming on Granite's end and I believe it can be less advantageous from a quality of product and service point of view. Ideally, I would like to have one provider to cover Granite's entire, or at least 90% of Granite's, geographic footprint. I believe Granite would obtain more compatible services and, perhaps, get better pricing through bundling. However, Granite's past practice has been to not go with a single provider, based on my concern that the financial viability of the traditional telcos has been somewhat volatile over the last few years, but this is not ideal from my business point of view.
  5. To the extent that consolidation is the marketplace will add stability back into the telco space, I think it is both necessary and positive in the Interest of better servicing national companies like Granite that are looking for efficient and seamless telecommunications solutions.
  6. I believe that the proposed merger between SBC and AT&T would be positive for Granite. I see SBC and AT&T as complementary ­ with SBC providing mostly local services and AT&T long distance. Therefore, the combined entity would better enable us to leverage our economies of scale. I am also keeping a close eye on IP telephony and believe that the merger has the potential of providing us more opportunities in this regard.
  7. The above represents my own personal viewpoint, belief and opinions and down not necessarily express the viewpoint, belief and opinion of Granite Construction Incorporated, its subsidiaries, Board of Directors, officers or any other employee.
I declare under penalty of perjury the foregoing is true and correct to the best of my knowledge.

_______________/s/________________
David V. Watts
Director of Information Technology
Granite Construction Incorporated

Date: 5/05/05

Executed at: _________


STATEMENT OF TODD WILLINGER

  1. I am the Vice President of I/T Infrastructure Engineering at ServiceMaster. I have been in this position at ServiceMaster for just under 3 years. In this position I am responsible for all architecture, design, build, and deployment of infrastructure based technology. This includes all telecommunications, networks, servers, storage, desktop/mobile computing, and security services.
  2. ServiceMaster is a company that provides outsourced residential services such as lawn service, pest control, HVAC, plumbing, home warranty and housekeeping. It is one of the only national providers of these vertical services. In this capacity, ServiceMaster purchases various voice and data services from multiple providers. These services include local access, LD, wide area networks, and other data transport services. The vast majority of ServiceMaster's telecommunications purchased are with SBC and AT&T. SBC provides ServiceMaster with outbound LD service nationwide and local access service within its' 13 state footprint, while AT&T provides data transport service and in-bound toll service. The remaining local access service outside of SBC's footprint is provided by BellSouth, Verizon, Qwest and number of CLECs.
  3. A good example of ServiceMaster's experience with the telecommunications industry occurred at the end of 2004. At this time, ServiceMaster sent out an RFP to multiple telecommunications carriers for all of the outbound LD and inbound toll service that it purchases. We sent the RFP to 6 carriers: AT&T, SBC, Sprint, MCI, Qwest, and BellSouth. We could have sent the RFP to 15 or 20 more carriers, carries that would include Broadwing, Global Crossing and Level 3, however we limited the bidding for these services to 6 carriers to minimize the workload involved in analyzing the responses. AT&T was awarded all of ServiceMaster's toll service and wide area network, while SBC was chosen as the outbound LD service provider.
  4. Currently in the marketplace there are more than a sufficient number of alternative telecommunication providers for all types of services. This competitive environment will not be endangered by the proposed merger of SBC and AT&T. We view these two companies as complementary in the provisioning of IXC and local services. Today, there is excess capacity in the industry that consolidating two companies which provide complementary services would benefit both suppliers and consumers. Following the proposed merger, there will continue to be more than a sufficient number of competitors in the telecommunications market even with additional M&A activities within this industry.

I declare under penalty of perjury the foregoing is true and correct to the best of my knowledge.

 

_______________/s/________________
Todd Willinger


STATEMENT OF PAT PATTERSON (MAZZIO'S CORPORATION)

  1. I am Vice President of Information Systems at Mazzio's Corporation. Mazzio's operates about 80 restaurants, including Mazzio's Pizza, mostly in Oklahoma, Texas, Arkansas, and Missouri, There are also a few company-owned locations in other states, such as New Mexico and Colorado. In addition, there are approximately 125 Mazzio's franchisee locations, though they handle their own telecommunications needs. I work at Mazzio's corporate headquarters in Tulsa.
  2. I do not have any competitive concerns about the merger between SBC and AT&T. I view the merger as a combination of two large, stodgy companies, but Mazzio's will still have sufficient competitive options.
  3. For example, Cox Cable is a primary provider of voice and data services to Mazzio's. We recently converted our data services from SBC to Cox. In addition, Mazzio's uses Cox for local voice service in the areas where Cox provides those services. Where Cox does not offer local voice service, Mazzio's uses SBC and others, including Charter Cable.
  4. Similarly, Mazzio's recently switched its long distance voice service to SBC. In addition to Mazzio's former long distance provider, AT&T, other competitors who offer long distance services include MCI and Sprint, among others.

I declare under penalty of perjury that the foregoing is true and correct to the best of my knowledge.

 

_______________/s/________________
Pat Patterson
Mazzio's Corporation

Updated August 14, 2015

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