Bell Atlantic Brings Full Internet Connectivity to Clarion Library

Bell Atlantic Brings Full Internet Connectivity to Clarion Library

Come On In and Get On-Line

December 12, 1996

Media contacts:

Shirley Risoldi (412)633-5574


Eager to surf the Net? Want to know what all the talk is about? Clarion
residents and community leaders will be introduced to their library's
dramatically expanded Internet connection at an open house next Thursday,
Dec. 19 beginning at 10 a.m. Refreshments will be served, and trained
librarians will be available to help users explore the wonders of the

The library's new Internet connection will have full graphics
for the first time allowing expanded use of the World Wide Web. It will
available on a computer terminal in a small room near the circulation
Anyone may use the terminal during regular business hours on a first
first served basis. Two or three additional terminals in the same area
text- only Internet browser capability.

Clarion's new Internet capability is being provided through a partnership
between Bell
and the state Department of Education. Bell
donated $750,000 last spring to launch " HREF="http://www.ba.com/pa/">OnLine at PA Libraries." This
initiative is connecting 188 public libraries across the state to the
Internet, as well as providing hardware and software, and training
librarians to use the worldwide network.

"This project is part of HREF="http://www.bell-atl.com/ba-pa/paadvant.htm">Bell Atlantic's
Pennsylvania Advantage initiative
-- our commitment to improving education, health care and economic
development for all Pennsylvanians," said HREF="http://www.ba.com/speeches/profiles/harral.html">William
Harral, Bell Atlantic -
Pennsylvania president and CEO.

"Libraries are ideal sites for Internet access, enabling individuals
access a multitude of information sources. Even in Pennsylvania's rural
areas, the focus of this project, no one is more than 10 miles away from

Education Secretary Eugene W. Hickok praised the project as a strong
complement to "Link to Learn," Gov. Tom Ridge's $121 million
initiative to expand use of technology in education including libraries.

In accepting Bell Atlantic's donation last April, First Lady Michele
said, "Technology is our link to the future . . . expanded access to
Internet will empower Pennsylvanians of all ages with information that
educates, improves life skills and connects them to a world of

The Internet is a worldwide "network of networks" with an
estimated forty
million users. Because of its low cost and almost unlimited reach, people
of all ages are discovering the power of surfing the Net. Using simple
point-and-click devices, users can find almost any type of information
the price of a new car to the latest medical research. They can access
government data bases, browse through museums, or view the universe
the eyes of the Hubble Space Telescope.

To qualify for the Bell Atlantic grant, libraries submitted an
and agreed to dedicate a staff member for training. The process was
administered by the state Education Department which also selected the
equipment and coordinated the training.

In addition to OnLine at PA Libraries, Bell Atlantic also has presented
grants totaling over $2 million to bring the latest technology to the
Commonwealth's communities and classrooms.

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.