Bell Atlantic Declares $0.385-Per-Share Quarterly Dividend

Bell Atlantic Declares $0.385-Per-Share
Quarterly Dividend

September 28, 1999


Jim Crosson,
212 395-2285

NEW YORK -- The Board of Directors of Bell Atlantic Corp.
(NYSE: BEL) today declared a quarterly dividend of $0.385-per-share,
unchanged from the previous quarter. The dividend is payable on Nov. 1,
1999 to shareowners of record at the close of business on
Oct. 8, 1999. Bell Atlantic has approximately one million registered
shareowners and 1.55 billion shares of common stock outstanding.

Bell Atlantic is at the forefront of the new communications and
information industry. With more than 43 million telephone access lines
and more than 10 million wireless customers worldwide, Bell Atlantic
companies are premier providers of advanced wireline voice and data
services, market leaders in wireless services and the world's largest
publishers of directory information. Bell Atlantic companies are also
among the world's largest investors in high-growth global communications
markets, with operations and investments in 23 countries.