11.25.1997Corporate

Bell Atlantic Bridges York River with Free Calling




Bell Atlantic Bridges York River with Free Calling

Local Calls to Gloucester, Hayes Require 10-Digit Dialing


November 25, 1997







Media contacts:

Paul Miller

804-772-1460

Toll Free in Virginia: 800-491-0190

Jim Griffith

757-875-2570



RICHMOND, Va. -- Beginning Dec. 1, Bell Atlantic-Virginia customers

on the lower peninsula will be able to make local calls across the

York River to Gloucester and Hayes. Bell Atlantic is eliminating

long-distance charges on these calls.

Because the expanded local service crosses an area code boundary,

customers will need to dial 10 digits (the area code plus the

seven-digit local number) when dialing a local phone call. However,

it will no longer be necessary to dial a '1' first.

The Bell Atlantic exchanges (first three digits of the seven-digit

phone number) affected are served by the 757 area code. They are:

Hampton - 268, 722, 723, 726, 727, 728, 764, 766, 825, 826, 827, 838,

848, 850, 851, 864, 865 and 896.

Newport News - 244, 245, 247, 380, 591, 594, 595, 596, 597, 599, 688,

867, 926, 928 and 930.

Peninsula - 249, 269, 613, 820, 833, 847, 849, 856, 872, 873, 874,

875, 877, 878, 881, 882, 884, 885, 886, 887, 888, 890, 898, 931, 988

and 989.

Poquoson - 868.

Customers in Gloucester ( 693, 694, 695, 699 and 815) and Hayes (642

and 684) are served by GTE-Virginia in the 804 area code.

The expansion of the local calling area results in a modest increase

in basic monthly rates for those affected Bell Atlantic customers.

Monthly residential rates for flat-rate, unlimited local calling will

increase by: 11 cents in Hampton; 17 cents in Newport News; 20 cents

in the Peninsula exchange, and 25 cents in Poquoson.

Directory listings for Gloucester and Hayes are now available by

dialing 411. It is no longer necessary to dial 1-804-555-1212.

The Gloucester and Hayes listings will be included in Bell Atlantic's

1998 Peninsula directory, which will be distributed in January.

The new Bell Atlantic - formed through the merger of Bell Atlantic and

NYNEX - is at the forefront of the new communications, information and

entertainment industry. With 40 million telephone access lines and

5.8 million wireless customers worldwide, Bell Atlantic companies are

premier providers of advanced wireline voice and data services, market

leaders in wireless services and the world's largest publishers of

directory information. Bell Atlantic companies are also among the

world's largest investors in high-growth global communications

markets, with operations and investments in 21 countries.