J.P. Morgan & Co. said it has signed a four-year, $3 million contract to use a new communications technology to move data between personal computers in 13 of its U.S. offices.

J.P. Morgan will receive "frame relay" service from Compuserve Inc., Columbus, Ohio, a unit of H&R Block, Five offices are using the technology, and eight others are expected to start using frame relay by yearend. The contract is the latest move in J.P. Morgan's plan to outsource telecommunications operations to vendors.

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