Office of the Attorney General
Attorney General Stumbo’s Office Meets with AT&T and Office of Kentucky Homeland Security to Discuss Emergency Communications Following Disaster

Press Release Date:  Tuesday, May 15, 2007  
Contact Information:  Vicki Glass, 502-696-5643 Office  

Attorney General Greg Stumbo today announced that Kentucky will receive enhanced emergency communications and disaster recovery capabilities from AT&T in the event of a widespread emergency or natural disaster as a result of a stipulation negotiated by Stumbo’s Office of Rate Intervention prior to the merger of AT&T and BellSouth Corporation. Stumbo praised AT&T officials who met today with the Office of the Attorney General, the Kentucky Department of Homeland Security, and the Kentucky Public Service Commission to discuss AT&T’s enhanced capabilities in accordance with the stipulation entered into between Stumbo’s Office of Rate Intervention, AT&T and BellSouth prior to the merger. The stipulation was incorporated into an order by the Kentucky PSC approving the merger.

“In this day and age Kentucky needs to have access to the most enhanced communication services available,” Stumbo said. “Whether our state is hit by natural disaster or terrorism, whether domestic or foreign, we must be able to communicate effectively and quickly in order to respond to emergencies.”

At the meeting attended by the Department of Homeland Security, AT&T, the Attorney General’s Office and the PSC, AT&T presented information demonstrating its ability to restore communication services after disasters. AT&T noted that it has well over half a billion dollars worth of sophisticated equipment which can be moved to any location in the United States within 24 hours, and emphasized its willingness to work closely with the Commonwealth in an emergency. AT&T also invited Homeland Security to observe upcoming exercises demonstrating the new technology.

"AT&T recognizes that when a community or state is struck by a catastrophic event, the rapid recovery of communications is critical," said Joan Coleman, President, AT&T- Kentucky. "We will make our industry-leading disaster recovery capabilities available in order to ensure that Kentuckians can count on our network as they call for help, contact support agencies and reach out to loved ones."

“When we all work together, citizens will be well protected during a time of emergency. In the post 9/11 world, this preparation is essential,” said Stumbo.