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Cincinnati Bell Inc. Elects New Board Member Alex Shumate


CINCINNATI--(BUSINESS WIRE)--July 25, 2005--Cincinnati Bell Inc. (NYSE:CBB) announces the election of Alex Shumate, 55, to its board of directors, effective immediately. Shumate is managing partner of Squire, Sanders & Dempsey L.L.P. in Columbus, Ohio.

"We are pleased to welcome Alex to our board of directors," stated Phil Cox, chairman of the board for Cincinnati Bell Inc. "Alex is an outstanding professional who brings a fresh outlook to our company. His exemplary leadership qualities will assist Cincinnati Bell as we continue to deliver innovative technologies that meet the needs of our business and residential customers."

A graduate of Ohio Wesleyan University, Mr. Shumate earned a bachelor's degree in political science and went on to receive his law degree from The University of Akron. Prior to joining Squire, Sanders & Dempsey in 1988, he spent three years as chief legal counsel and deputy chief of staff to then governor of Ohio, Richard F. Celeste. Shumate also served as Ohio's assistant attorney general from 1975 to 1983.

In recognition of his skills in the practice of law, Mr. Shumate has been selected by his peers for inclusion in "The Best Lawyers in America." He has also earned annual recognition by Cincinnati Magazine as an Ohio Super Lawyer. He is a fellow of the Ohio State Bar Association, a former member of the Columbus Bar Association's board of governors, and a life member of the Sixth Circuit Judicial Conference.

Mr. Shumate is on the boards of Nationwide Financial Services, Inc. and the Wm. Wrigley Jr. Company. An active leader in the central Ohio community, he serves as secretary of The Columbus Partnership, as a trustee of the Wexner Center for the Arts, and as a director of the John Glenn Institute. In addition, he is the past chairman of the Greater Columbus Chamber of Commerce and The Ohio State University Board of Trustees.

About Cincinnati Bell Inc.

Cincinnati Bell Inc. (NYSE:CBB) is parent to one of the nation's most respected and best performing local exchange and wireless providers with a legacy of unparalleled customer service excellence. With headquarters in Cincinnati, Ohio, Cincinnati Bell provides a wide range of telecommunications products and services to residential and business customers in Ohio, Kentucky and Indiana. For more information, visit

    CONTACT: Cincinnati Bell Inc.
             Jill Cobb, 513-378-5788

    SOURCE: Cincinnati Bell Inc.