Bell Atlantic Celebrates The Frick Art

Bell Atlantic Celebrates The Frick Art & Historical Center
On Cover of New Pittsburgh Yellow Pages

Area Directory Includes Enhanced Beginner's Internet Guide

October 13, 1998


Stephanie Hobbs,
Bell Atlantic Directory Services

(703) 289-0607

PITTSBURGH, Pa. - In a presentation ceremony this morning at The
Frick Art & Historical Center, Bell Atlantic unveiled the new cover of its
1998-1999 Pittsburgh Yellow Pages, which features an illustration of the
Center's Clayton mansion. During the presentation, Bell Atlantic also
announced several new consumer-oriented features, including an updated
12-page Internet Guide. Bell Atlantic has begun delivery of some 785,000
copies of the Greater Pittsburgh East, North, and South & West editions of
the Yellow Pages.

"Bell Atlantic continues its commitment to customers and advertisers by
providing local information and services that allow for global access, such
as the Internet," said Chuck Higgins, vice president of mid-Atlantic sales
for Bell Atlantic Directory Services. "The Internet Guide is a free tool that
provides beginners with easy-to-understand instruction on how to
effectively use and get started on the Internet."

The Internet Guide is a "how-to" primer for consumers unfamiliar with
how to use the Internet. It contains information and useful tips about the
Internet, information on hardware and software requirements, and advice
on choosing an Internet service provider. The guide also lists local,
regional and national Web sites that may be of interest to local consumers.

"The Frick Art & Historical Center is pleased and honored to have Clayton
illustrated on the new Bell Atlantic Yellow Pages," said Decourcy
McIntosh, executive director of the Center. "We are grateful to Bell
Atlantic for their initiative in creatively promoting Pittsburgh's non-profit
cultural institutions and attractions through the Yellow Pages." The new
Yellow Pages also contain InfoTips®, a free service that allows users to
obtain consumer information on various topics, ranging from bicycles to
tax preparation by calling a local phone number. In support of recycling
efforts in Pittsburgh, Bell Atlantic has included general guidelines on what
and how to recycle in its Yellow Pages. Other features in the Pittsburgh
Yellow Pages include optional e-mail and Web site listings for businesses.

Clayton, restored and opened to the public in 1990, is the 19th century
residence of industrialist Henry Clay Frick. Located at The Frick Art &
Historical Center, Clayton is a 23-room Victorian mansion, which features
a vast collection of carefully preserved paintings, furnishings and
decorative art. The 5.5 acre Center is also the site of The Frick Art
Museum, the Car and Carriage Museum, and the Cafe at the Frick.

The directory cover illustrations are designed by artist Mary Lynn Blasutta
of New Paltz, N.Y. Her illustrations are featured on Bell Atlantic's 500
directories in 13 states and Washington, D.C.

Bell Atlantic is the world's largest publisher of Yellow Pages shopping
directories. Its affiliate, Bell Atlantic Electronic Commerce Services, is the creator of
BigYellowSM, a leading national online shopping service.

Bell Atlantic is at the forefront of the new communications and information
industry. With more than 41 million telephone access lines and more than
seven million wireless customers worldwide, Bell Atlantic companies are
premier providers of advanced wireline voice and data services, as well as
market leaders in wireless services. Bell Atlantic companies are also among
the world's largest investors in high-growth global communications
markets, with operations and investments in 23 countries.