BAP Acquisition Corp. to Acquire Bell Atlantic Paging

July 6, 1998—Bernardsville, NJ—

BAP Acquisition Corporation announced today it has
signed a definitive agreement to purchase the paging assets and operations of Bell
Atlantic Corporation (NYSE: BEL). Terms were not disclosed. The transaction is expected to
be completed by the end of the year.

Bell Atlantic has paging networks in New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Delaware,
Maryland, Virginia, West Virginia and the District of Columbia. Bell Atlantic Paging, Bell
Atlantic’s marketing subsidiary for paging services based in Parsippany, NJ, provides
local, regional and national paging services to 240,000 customers, primarily in the
mid-Atlantic region.

BAP Acquisition, a Delaware corporation based in New Jersey, is a group of
industry professionals, led by John Adiletta, formed to capitalize on corporate
opportunities arising from the continued consolidation in the paging industry. Bell
Atlantic Paging will be the foundation for BAP Acquisition’s business in the
mid-Atlantic region. Adiletta, who has 15 years experience in the paging industry, will
head up the company once the acquisition is completed.

"Bell Atlantic Paging is a high-quality, well-managed, premier paging
company, and an excellent platform for our overall strategic plan and our operations in
the mid-Atlantic," Adiletta said.

Bell Atlantic’s cellular subsidiary, Bell Atlantic Mobile, has its own
paging customers through the resale of Bell Atlantic Paging’s and other
carriers’ services, and will continue to have a reseller relationship with the buyer
after the transaction is completed. "Paging is an important part of our product mix,
and we will continue to expand that offering for our customers," said Dennis F.
Strigl, Group President and CEO of Bell Atlantic Global Wireless.