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AT&T says it is expanding its smart grid solutions portfolio by offering prepaid applications to help manage energy usage and reduce costs. Through an exclusive agreement, AT&T will be the sole U.S. provider for PayGo's utility payment solutions, which include near-real-time processing of meter information for prepaid services.

PayGo from AT&T will allow consumers to pay their energy bill by using smartphones, text messages, kiosks or the Internet. In addition, AT&T says the solution will offer various payment options, including post-pay solutions, a gift card and energy efficiency programs; and near-real-time data capabilities to enable customers to monitor usage, as well as to help utilities with outage, restoration and other notifications.

"We're expanding our smart grid solutions to better serve utilities across the country - offering much more than wireless connectivity," says AT&T’s Mike Troiano. "With the introduction of PayGo from AT&T, utilities can offer more convenient options for payment while also helping their customers to monitor their overall energy consumption."



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