Bell Atlantic Declares Quarterly Dividend of $.385 Per Share

Bell Atlantic Declares Quarterly
Dividend of $.385 Per Share

March 23, 1999


Jim Crosson,
212 395-0500

NEW YORK -- The Board of Directors of Bell Atlantic Corp.
(NYSE:BEL) today declared a quarterly dividend of $.385 per outstanding
share, unchanged from the previous quarter.

The dividend is payable on May 3, 1999 to shareowners of record at the
close of business on April 9, 1999. Bell Atlantic has approximately 1.1
million registered shareowners and 1.55 billion shares of common stock

Bell Atlantic is at the forefront of the new communications and
information industry. With more than 42 million telephone access lines
and 8.6 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.