Also John A. (Ian) Craig, Nortel VP; and Morgan O'Brien, founder of Nextel

April 4, 2001

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TULSA, Okla. -- Williams Communications Group (NYSE:WCG - news), a leading provider of broadband services for bandwidth-centriccustomers, announced today the appointments of John A. (Ian) Craig, MorganO'Brien and Julius W. Erving to the company's Board of Directors.

Craig brings to the board more than 30 years experience intelecommunications. Most recently, as Nortel's executive vice president andchief marketing officer, Craig was responsible for overseeing thedevelopment and integration of Nortel Networks marketing strategy with itsbusiness objectives and operational priorities. O'Brien is vice chairman of Nextel Communications, Inc. O'Brien co- foundedNextel in 1987 as Fleet Call, Inc., and served as chairman of the board from1987 to 1996. Erving is president of The Erving Group, Inc. and senior vice president ofthe Orlando Magic professional basketball team.

"The leadership these appointments bring to our Board will be invaluable aswe spin off from our parent company, Williams," said Howard Janzen,president and chief executive officer of Williams Communications. "Theirbroad-based expertise in diverse business arenas makes them ideal additionsto our board."

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