First Mile Communications and Southern Telecom® light eight major Atlanta office buildings

ATLANTA - July 12, 2007 - First Mile Communications, a provider of high-capacity broadband wireless solutions and Southern Telecom, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Southern Company (NYSE: SO), today announced the lighting of eight of the most recognized office buildings in Atlanta's downtown and midtown area:

  • Centennial Tower                638,731 SF
  • 1100 Peachtree Street         556,767 SF
  • Georgia Power Building        853,075 SF
  • One Atlantic Center             1,098,709 SF
  • Promenade II                       774,344 SF
  • Proscenium                         527,523 SF
  • 260 Peachtree Street           301,201 SF
  • 30 Allen Plaza                     264,853 SF

First Mile and Southern Telecom are aggressively expanding their Wireless Lateral™ service into a greater number of Class A office buildings in the Atlanta metro area. As a result, tenants in the above buildings can now take advantage of unprecedented access to the Internet via First Mile's proprietary high-capacity, fixed wireless broadband offering.

"Establishing a strong presence in Atlanta is paramount to our company's success," said R. Stanley Allen, president of First Mile. "Starting service in these eight buildings, which total an area of more than five million square feet, is an important step toward that goal. We are pleased to extend our broadband wireless coverage area to the tenants of these fine buildings and look forward to working with the tenants housed in them."

"Our tenants deserve choices when it comes to state of the art broadband technology, including wireless alternatives to the traditional, land-based methods of delivery," said Jeff Shaw, president of Jackson Oats Shaw Corporate Real Estate Services, which owns Centennial Tower in downtown Atlanta. "We chose First Mile and Southern Telecom because they presented us with one of the best options to provide our building with high-quality, uninterrupted access to the outside world."

First Mile and Southern Telecom have tailored their fixed wireless offering as an easy-to-use means of reaching buildings throughout Atlanta. Lighting these buildings brings customers a scalable, turnkey solution with quick installation. The high-tech equipment used by both firms allows for reliable and flexible high-capacity wireless links as well as complete route diversity from land-based telecommunications providers.

About First Mile
First Mile Communications provides turnkey installation and operation of high-capacity scalable and secure wireless internet connectivity in metropolitan Atlanta. First Mile transmits from strategically located hub sites using state-of-the-art equipment, sources FCC-licensed spectrum, provides roof and access rights, cabling and customer premise equipment. These links offer complete route diversity, redundancy from land-based telecommunications providers in disaster recovery roles. First Mile was founded by R. Stanley Allen and Michael O. McCollum, experienced telecommunications executives. For more information on First Mile visit

About Southern Telecom
Southern Telecom® is a wholly owned subsidiary of Southern Company that provides long-haul and metropolitan dark fiber connecting Atlanta with other smaller cities throughout the Southeast. The company also provides rights of way, dark fiber, conduit, colocation and other related maintenance services. Southern Telecom is certified in Alabama, Florida, Georgia and also at the Federal level. For more information about Southern Telecom visit

About Southern Company
With 4.3 million customers and more than 42,000 megawatts of generating capacity, Atlanta-based Southern Company (NYSE: SO) is the premier energy company serving the Southeast, one of America's fastest-growing regions. A leading U.S. producer of electricity, Southern Company owns electric utilities in four states and a growing competitive generation company, as well as fiber optics and wireless communications. Southern Company brands are known for excellent customer service, high reliability and retail electric prices that are significantly below the national average. Southern Company has been listed the top ranking U.S. electric service provider in customer satisfaction for seven consecutive years by the American Customer Satisfaction Index (ACSI). Visit our Web site at


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