BellSouth and Protection One Expand Relationship

BellShouthBellSouth and Protection One, Inc. today announced an agreement to deliver security services to planned residential communities in the BellSouth region.The joint sales and marketing arrangement is an expansion of the existing relationship between BellSouth and Protection One formed in 2001 to market security systems to residents and business owners in the southeastern United States. BellSouth® Security Systems from Protection One® currently provides intrusion, heat, smoke and carbon monoxide detection equipment and related services to customers in 18 cities.

“Security is a critical element in new and existing communities, and BellSouth can now deliver a package of voice, video, data and security that is attractive to developers and residents,” said Phil Jacobs, president, BellSouth Community Technologies. “BellSouth continues to pursue relationships with industry leaders to develop broad solutions that meet the needs of its customers.”

BellSouth Community Technologies is BellSouth’s most recently formed business unit, established last year. The new organization focuses on alliances with developers and owners of single family planned communities, apartments, and condos to develop technology deployment plans and to promote and offer one-stop shopping for BellSouth’s full range of communications and entertainment services. This agreement provides for the inclusion of BellSouth Security Systems from Protection One in BellSouth’s portfolio of services designed for planned communities.

Protection One is the leading provider of security amenities to the multifamily housing market and will market BellSouth Security Systems from Protection One through Protection One’s Network Multifamily division as part of this new arrangement.

“We believe adding our expertise as the leading provider of multihousing security to the comprehensive services already offered by BellSouth will be a tremendous benefit to builders and developers, greatly assisting in streamlining the completion of their jobs,” said Richard Ginsburg, president and chief executive officer, Protection One. “We continue to look for ways to further expand our relationship with BellSouth, combining both companies’ ingenuity in services and marketing to offer high quality products to broader audiences.”

About BellSouth Corporation

BellSouth Corporation is a Fortune 500 communications company headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia. BellSouth has joint control and 40 percent ownership of Cingular Wireless, the nation’s largest wireless voice and data provider with 57.3 million customers.

Backed by award-winning customer service, BellSouth offers the most comprehensive and innovative package of voice and data services available in the market. Through BellSouth Answers®, residential and small business customers can bundle their local and long distance service with dial-up and high-speed DSL Internet access, satellite television and Cingular® Wireless service. For businesses, BellSouth provides secure, reliable local and long distance voice and data networking solutions. BellSouth also offers print and online directory advertising through The Real Yellow Pages® and YELLOWPAGES.COM™ from BellSouth.

BellSouth believes that diversity and fostering an inclusive environment are critical in maintaining a competitive advantage in today’s global marketplace. More information about BellSouth can be found at http://www.bellsouth.com/.

About Protection One

Protection One, one of the leading commercial and residential monitored security services companies in the United States and a leading security provider to the multifamily housing market through its Network Multifamily division, serves approximately one million customers in North America. For more information about Protection One, go to http://www.protectionone.com/.

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