Bell Atlantic Brings New Internet Connection to Peters Township Library

Bell Atlantic Brings New Internet Connection to Peters Township Library

Come On In and Get On-Line

December 11, 1996

Media contacts:

Shirley Risoldi (412)633-5574


Eager to surf the Net? Want to know what all the talk is about?
Peters Township residents will be introduced to their library's new
Internet connection at an open house this Monday, Dec. 16 beginning at
1:30 p.m. The library is located at 610-A East McMurray Road in
McMurray, Pa.

State legislators and community leaders have been invited to a
ribbon-cutting celebration that will officially unveil the new Internet
capability. Refreshments will be served, and two high school seniors,
skilled in using computers, will be on hand to help users explore the
wonders of the worldwide network.

Internet connections will be available on two computer terminals with
graphics capabilities in the main reference area. Anyone may use the
terminals during regular business hours on a first come, first served

Peters Township'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 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

"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."

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."

The Internet is a worldwide "network of networks" with an
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 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 qualify for the Bell Atlantic grant, libraries submitted an
application 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 On Line 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.