BellSouth is a 2005 Atlanta Pride Sponsor -- Fourth straight year of sponsorship -- ATLANTA, June 22 /PRNewswire/ -- BellSouth Corporation (NYSE:BLS) and its employee-networking group, New Associates Networking for Gay and Lesbian Equality (NewANGLE) again joins several other major corporations in sponsoring Atlanta's annual Pride celebration, which takes place on June 24-26 in Piedmont Park. BellSouth will host a tent during the three-day event, located along Major Sponsor Row, showcasing many of our products and services such as DSL, long distance, DirecTV, and BellSouth(R) Complete Choice(R) plan bundles. A grand prize will also be awarded at the end of the event for customers completing an online survey. Information and registration will be available at the BellSouth tent. "Our customers want to do business with companies that can respond to and understand their needs," says BellSouth Chief Diversity Officer Valencia Adams. "As in other areas of the business, the company is continually looking for ways to improve the effectiveness of our efforts and having a presence at events such as Pride afford us an opportunity to interact face-to-face with current and potential customers," she adds. On Sunday June 26, BellSouth employees, friends, partners and family will march in the parade, which begins at 1:00 p.m. near the Civic Center and concludes at Piedmont Park. NewANGLE is one of BellSouth's six employee networking groups. The groups are a key component of the company's inclusion and diversity strategy. All of the groups work to enrich the personal and professional development of its membership and to develop business initiatives that help BellSouth reach specific target audiences. In addition, group members volunteer in various community organizations and initiatives throughout the year. BellSouth's five other networking groups are: BellSouth Network of African American Telecommunications Professionals, Alianza (a Hispanic networking group), BellSouth Women's Networking Alliance, Inter-Tribal Council of BellSouth Employees (a Native American group), and the Pan-Asian Council of BellSouth Employees. BellSouth is proud to have been recognized over the years for its commitment to inclusion and diversity. In, 2005, DiversityInc recognized BellSouth as a "Top Company for Diversity" and as one of the "Top Ten Companies for Supplier Diversity," Black Enterprise magazine included BellSouth on its list of "30 Best Companies for Diversity," and for six consecutive years, BellSouth was recognized on Fortune Magazine's annual list of "America's Best Companies for Minorities." About BellSouth Corporation BellSouth Corporation is a Fortune 100 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 more than 50 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(R), 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(R) Wireless service. For businesses, BellSouth provides secure, reliable local and long distance voice and data networking solutions. BellSouth also offers online and directory advertising through BellSouth(R) RealPages.com(R) and The Real Yellow Pages(R). 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/. DATASOURCE: BellSouth Corporation CONTACT: Angela Brooks of BellSouth Corporation, +1-404-249-2365, or Web site: http://www.bellsouth.com/

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