Southern Telecom® expands Georgia customer base

ATLANTA – Nov. 13, 2006 – Southern Telecom, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Atlanta-based Southern Company (NYSE: SO), today announced that it has expanded its Georgia, customer base with the addition of Georgia Public Web, a member-owned non-profit corporation that delivers high-end technology services.

Georgia Public Web operates a self-healing Synchronous Optical Network with over 2,500 route miles of fiber optic cable and provides last-mile connectivity utilizing wireline, wireless and fiber optic cable. Southern Telecom provides wholesale dark fiber optic cable and co-location solutions to large enterprise and telecom carrier customers, such as Georgia Public Web. The company’s extensive dark fiber network connects multiple cities throughout the Southeast.

“We are very pleased to be working with a leading and innovative company such as Southern Telecom,” said David Muschamp, president and CEO of Georgia Public Web. “This agreement enables us to enhance our network and to deliver better service to our customers throughout the state of Georgia.”

This agreement will assist Georgia Public Web in meeting its increasing network needs. Specifically, Georgia Public Web is using Southern Telecom’s Georgia fiber network to expand its capabilities in the Macon area.

“We are confident that this is the beginning of a long-term relationship with Georgia Public Web,” said Ben Easterling, business development manager for Southern Telecom. “Southern Telecom’s ability to ensure fast connections in the Southeast will be of great value to Georgia Public Web as it expands its business model.”

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 network elements such as rights of way, dark fiber, conduit, co-location and other related maintenance services. Southern Telecom is certified in Alabama, Florida, and Georgia and also at the federal level. For more information about Southern Telecom, please call (404) 506-5120 or visit

About Southern Company
With 4.3 million customers and more than 41,000 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 received the highest ranking in customer satisfaction among U.S. electric service providers for seven consecutive years by the American Customer Satisfaction Index (ACSI). Visit our Web site at

About Georgia Public Web, Inc.
Georgia Public Web is a not-for-profit technology solutions provider owned by 32 Georgia municipalities. A local and interexchange carrier, GPW offers high-speed Internet, point-to-point data connectivity, network monitoring, and collocation services via its statewide fiber network to carrier, enterprise and government customers. Visit our website at


Media Contact: Marisa Puthoff, Southern Company Media Relations, 404.262.3000