Bell Atlantic Debuts New Points of Pride Cover Design For Charleston 1999 - 2000 Directory

Bell Atlantic Debuts New Points of Pride Cover Design
For Charleston 1999 - 2000 Directory

Bell Atlantic and V100 FM Kick Off "West Virginia Points of
Pride" Photo Contest

April 22, 1999


Stephanie Hobbs,

Phil Santoro,

CHARLESTON -- The 1999-2000 Charleston edition
[Kanawha-Putnam Counties] of
the Bell Atlantic Yellow Pages with the new "Points of Pride"
cover design are currently being distributed to local businesses and
residents. The new cover design highlights where people live and work in
a unique "Points of Pride" montage.

The cover for the Charleston edition of the Yellow Pages features icons
symbolizing general points of interest, as well as specific "Points of
Pride", in the shape of West Virginia. More than 162,000 copies of
the directory are being distributed throughout Kanawha-Putnam Counties.

In conjunction with the roll out of the new directories and cover design,
Bell Atlantic has partnered with V100 FM to sponsor a "Points of
Pride" photo contest. Listeners are being asked to submit a
photograph taken in front of a favorite West Virginia point of pride, e.g., a
favorite statute or park, a humorous landmark, a baseball game, or just a
family outing.

The contest runs through May 4, with the grand prize winner to win an
iMac Apple computer by random drawing on May 7, 1999. Photographic
submissions to the contest, and the grand prize winner, can be viewed on
V100's website (www.wvaf.com).

A feature in the new Bell Atlantic Yellow Pages is the 1999 West Virginia
Wild and Wonderful calendar, with a detailed guide to special
"points of pride" events and activities taking place each month
in West Virginia. It also includes location and contact information for
each event.

The new directories also feature an enhanced InfoTips® service that
enables users to obtain recorded consumer information on various topics
ranging from bicycles to tax preparation.

The Bell Atlantic Yellow Pages for Charleston include recycling
information designed to educate consumers on what, where and how to

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 Corporation is at the
forefront of the new communications and information industry. With
more than 42 million telephone access lines and more than 8.6 million
wireless customers worldwide, Bell Atlantic companies are premier
providers of advanced wireline voice and data services, and 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.