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We have designed and experimentally characterized an erbium doped fiber amplifier (EDFA) which possesses a wavelength-independent gain spectrum, independent of the operating level of the gain (dynamic gain flatness), and without requiring any gain-level-dependent control of any parameters. In the wavelength range 1542-1552 nm, the gain was flat to within the experimental uncertainties of /spl plusmn/0.3 dB even as the gain level changed by 17 dB. The EDFA was based on a low-Al-content alumino-germanosilicate EDF and a Mach-Zehnder filter. We believe that this type of EDFA, which has not been demonstrated before, can significantly simplify the design of amplified wavelength-division multiplexing (WDM) transmission systems and increase the robustness of long-distance WDM transmission.