Bell Atlantic Accelerates Roll Out of Internet Access to Businesses, Universities and Governments Across Mid-Atlantic States

Bell Atlantic Accelerates Roll Out of Internet Access to
Businesses, Universities and Governments Across Mid-Atlantic States

Service Available in All Major Bell Atlantic Markets
by End of November

November 4, 1996

Media contacts:

Ginger Fisk (703) 708-4222


After November 5:

Larry Plumb (703) 708-4360


RESTON, Va. -- Businesses, universities and governments
across the
mid-Atlantic region can now order Bell Atlantic's dedicated,
high-speed Internet access
service. Organizations can choose from
several options ranging from 1.5 mega bits per second (mbs) to 34 mbs.

"Because businesses are moving quickly to harness the power of the
Internet, Bell Atlantic has accelerated deployment of its dedicated,
high-speed Internet access service," said HREF="http://www.ba.com/homes/beran.html">Bob Beran, president of HREF="http://www.bellatlantic.net">Bell
Atlantic Internet Solutions. "By the end of November, all of
Atlantic's major markets will be on-line for this high-speed access
and by early 1997 the entire region will have dedicated access."

The service was developed by Bell Atlantic Internet Solutions, a new
unit of Bell Atlantic created to develop and deliver a full range of
Internet services to businesses, governments and consumers -- from
Internet access to electronic mail to World Wide Web site production
and hosting.

The high-speed service provides Bell Atlantic customers with Internet
access using the company's switched, multi-megabit data service
( HREF="http://www.bell-atl.com/html/business/lb_html/smds.htm">SMDS).
This is a high-speed transmission service designed
specifically for data, and which provides Internet connections without
disrupting voice or other services.

High-speed or dedicated Internet access customers for Bell Atlantic to
date include: General Motors Acceptance Corp. in Philadelphia,
Commerce Bank in New Jersey and the Journal Newspapers and Marymount
University in the Washington, D.C., area.

High-speed, dedicated Internet access is marketed by various
organizations at Bell Atlantic as well as by third party organizations
that sell Bell Atlantic Internet services. Customers interested in
Internet services from Bell Atlantic should call their Bell Atlantic
service or sales representative.

Bell Atlantic Corporation (NYSE:
BEL) is at the forefront of the new
communications, entertainment and information industry. In the
mid-Atlantic region, the company is the premier provider of local
telecommunications and advanced services. Globally, it is one of the
largest investors in the high-growth wireless communication
marketplace. Bell Atlantic also owns a substantial interest in
Telecom Corporation of New Zealand and is actively developing
high-growth national and international business opportunities in all
phases of the industry.