Bell Atlantic Brings the Internet to Indiana Library

Bell Atlantic Brings the Internet to Indiana Library

Come On In and Get On-Line

December 9, 1996

Media contacts:

Shirley Risoldi (412) 633-5574


Eager to surf the Net? Want to know what all the talk is about?
Indiana, Pa. residents will be introduced to their library's new
Internet connection at an open house this Fri., Dec. 13 from 10 a.m.
to 4 p.m. Refreshments will be served and trained librarians will be
available to help users explore the wonders of the Internet. The
library is located at 845 Philadelphia Street.

Indiana's new Internet connection is being provided through a
partnership between Bell
and the state Department of
Education. Bell Atlantic donated $750,000 last spring to launch
"OnLine at PA
." 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

"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
to 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 a library," Harral said.

Initially, the library's Internet connection will be hooked up to a
single computer terminal with graphics capabilities in the main
reference area. It will be available during regular business hours on
a first come, first served basis.

The Internet is a worldwide "network of networks" with an
ten 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 from the price of a new car to the latest medical
research. They can access government data bases, browse through
museums, or view the universe through the eyes of the Hubble Space

To receive the Bell Atlantic grant, libraries had to submit an
application and agree to dedicate an individual for training. The
process was administered by the state Department of Education which
also selected the equipment and coordinated the training.

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

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

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.