Stage is Set for Free Wireless Internet at Linn Park in Birmingham, Ala.

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Public to benefit from new WiFi Hotzone in time for City Stages

Just in time for the Waldrep, Stewart & Kendrick City Stages, presented by Lanny Vines & Associates event on Father's Day weekend 2006 (June 16, 17 and 18, 2006), Linn Park in downtown Birmingham, Ala. is the latest public park in the region to become a wireless hotzone for downtown residents, workers, and visitors.

“City Stages is pleased to see TechBirmingham once again taking the lead in bringing WiFi service to key areas in the metro area. First Vulcan, now the City Stages site,” said Guy McCullough, the festival’s marketing director. “A critical part of being a technologically savvy city is high-speed wireless connectivity and TechBirmingham has taken the lead in pushing us ever forward in that regard.”

SouthernLINC Wireless®, a Southern Company (NYSE: SO), working with TechBirmingham, is providing the wireless hot zone at Linn Park. SouthernLINC Wireless is a wireless communication company headquartered in Atlanta. with substantial operations in Birmingham. TechBirmingham is a not-for-profit entity focused on growing Birmingham's technology economy.

Linn Park joins the growing number of wireless hotspots in the Birmingham region, as catalogued on The website is a joint project of the Internet Professionals Society of Alabama (IPSA) and TechBirmingham. In existence since the fall of 2004, the list has grown steadily and now numbers over 265 locations. According to AnchorFree, the leading online listing of free wireless hotspots, the City of Birmingham ranks as the number one free wireless city in Alabama and is currently in the top 50 free WiFi cities across the United States.

Visitors to Linn Park during the City Stages event need only point their wireless computers to the network identified as "Linn Park" and accept a basic terms of service ("TOS"). Basic service is available for free.

About SouthernLINC Wireless

Celebrating its 10-year anniversary, SouthernLINC Wireless, a Southern Company (NYSE: SO), is an Atlanta-based regional wireless carrier covering the major metro and rural areas in Alabama, Georgia, southeastern Mississippi and northwest Florida. SouthernLINC Wireless bundles multiple communication options into one phone including InstantLINCSM Mobile to Mobile, cellular service, text messaging, wireless Internet access and wireless data. More information about SouthernLINC Wireless can be obtained by calling 1-800-818-LINC (5462) or visiting the SouthernLINC Wireless Web site at

About Southern Company

With 4.3 million customers and more than 40,000 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 ranked the nation's top electric utility in the American Customer Satisfaction Index six years in a row. Visit our Web site at


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