United States Distance Learning Association Announces Support of SBC and AT&T Proposed Merger.

February 9, 2005

With the USDLA’s emphasis on providing increased education and training opportunities through distance learning, it is well positioned to support this proposed merger. The merger will bring together the resources of a combined company to innovate and more quickly deliver to customers the next generation of advanced, integrated IP-based wireline and wireless communications services, which is an integral part of distance learning initiatives.

According to Dr. John G. Flores, Executive Director of USDLA, “Investment in technology expands the educational opportunities for Americans. Both SBC and AT&T are champions for ensuring that next generation technologies are available for educational purposes.” USDLA believes that both companies have a strong tradition in this area, and the combined company will be even better positioned to bring more innovation to the distance education market. USDLA supports the advancement of educational opportunities for Americans and urges our nation’s policymakers to support this merger.

The United States Distance Learning Association is a non-profit association formed in 1987 and is located in Boston, Massachusetts. USDLA promotes the development and application of distance learning for education and training and serves the needs of the distance learning community by providing advocacy, information, networking and opportunity. Distance learning and training constituencies served include pre-k-12 education, higher and continuing education, home schooling as well as business, corporate, military, government and telehealth markets. The USDLA trademarked logo is the recognized worldwide symbol of dedicated professionals committed to the distance learning industry.

For additional information, contact Dr. John G. Flores at jflores@usdla.org.