Bell Atlantic Brings New Jobs to Downtown Wilmington

Bell Atlantic Brings New Jobs to Downtown Wilmington

December 6, 1996

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WILMINGTON, Del. -- Bell Atlantic is bringing 53 new
jobs to the
company's Delaware headquarters at 901 Tatnall St. in Wilmington as a
result of consolidation and relocation of several work groups. The
move will improve customer service and boost the city's economy.

Most of the positions have been filled by current Bell Atlantic
employees who formerly worked in other locations. The company is
consolidating two Customer Service Centers, formerly located in
Malvern, Pa. and north Wilmington, into one office in the downtown
headquarters building.

In addition, Bell Atlantic is relocating its Delaware network
engineering and construction staff from a leased building in Newport
to the company-owned headquarters. These groups, which are part of
Bell Atlantic's Network Services organization, serve customers with
more than one million telephone lines in Delaware and southeastern

Bell Atlantic's new employees in Wilmington have three key
responsibilities: ensuring that customer requests for installation and
repairs are met a timely and cost-effective manner, developing plans
to build the company's full service network and maintaining accurate
construction records.

"We are consolidating these departments in Wilmington to better
customers," said HREF="http://www.ba.com/speeches/profiles/martin.html">Joshua W. Martin
III, president and CEO of Bell
Atlantic-Delaware. "Having these employees in one building creates
stronger customer service team and increases productivity."

"Wilmington is an ideal location for our Customer Service Center
because of the business-friendly environment fostered by Mayor Sills
and Governor Carper," Martin said. "We are a partner in
economic development initiatives, and this is another way we can
support these efforts."

"Bell Atlantic's decision to bring new jobs to Wilmington is
news," said Mayor James H. Sills, Jr. "We appreciate Bell
confidence in Wilmington as a great place to work and live."

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.