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Avaya to Purchase Expanets from Northwestern Corporation

10-30-2003

Avaya Inc. (NYSE:AV) a leading global provider of communicationssolutions and services for businesses, today announced an agreementwith NorthWestern Corporation (NYSE:NOR) to acquire substantiallyall of the assets of Expanets, the nation's largest provider ofconverged communications for mid-sized businesses. The acquisitionwill allow Avaya to continue providing quality sales and servicesupport for Expanet's customers' and grow its small and mid-sizedbusiness.

Avaya Inc. (NYSE:AV) a leading global provider of communicationssolutions and services for businesses, today announced an agreementwith NorthWestern Corporation (NYSE:NOR) to acquire substantiallyall of the assets of Expanets, the nation's largest provider ofconverged communications for mid-sized businesses. The acquisitionwill allow Avaya to continue providing quality sales and servicesupport for Expanet's customers' and grow its small and mid-sizedbusiness.

Expanets is one of the largest resellers of Avaya's products inthe United States.

Under terms of the agreement, Avaya will pay NorthWestern $152million in cash, less certain working capital adjustments andliabilities.

The agreement is subject to customary closing conditions,including regulatory approvals, and is expected to close by the endof the current fiscal quarter.

Avaya purchased the Expanet's assets at an auction on October29, 2003, conducted on behalf of NorthWestern Corporation,Expanet's parent.

About Avaya
Avaya Inc. designs, builds and manages communications networks formore than 1 million businesses worldwide, including 90 percent ofthe FORTUNE 500®. Focused on businesses large to small, Avaya is aworld leader in secure and reliable Internet Protocol (IP)telephony systems and communications software applications andservices.

Driving the convergence of voice and data communications withbusiness applications — and distinguished by comprehensiveworldwide services — Avaya helps customers leverage existing andnew networks to achieve superior business results. For moreinformation visit the Avaya Web site: http://www.avaya.com

About NorthWestern
NorthWestern Corporation is one of the largest providers ofelectricity and natural gas in the Upper Midwest and Northwest,serving more than 598,000 customers in Montana, South Dakota andNebraska. NorthWestern also has investments in Expanets, Inc., anationwide provider of networked communications and data servicesto small and mid-sized businesses, and Blue Dot Services Inc., aprovider of heating, ventilation and air conditioning services toresidential and commercial customers. More information can be foundon the company's Web site at www.northwestern.com.

About Expanets
Expanets is a nationwide provider of networked communications anddata services to small and mid-sized businesses. While national inscope, Expanets delivers local service and solutions through itsteam of more than 3,000 associates based in more than 100 officesthroughout the U.S. Its broad portfolio is based on its strategicrelationships with industry-leading manufacturers, serviceproviders, carriers and application developers. More informationcan be found on the Company's Web site at www.expanets.com.

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