Bell Atlantic Demonstrates High-Speed Internet Access at Allegany County Legislative Reception

Bell Atlantic Demonstrates High-Speed Internet Access at Allegany County Legislative Reception

Company's ISDN Service Available in Western Maryland

February 4, 1998

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Sandra Arnette


ANNAPOLIS -- Bell Atlantic - Maryland will show off speedy access to
the Internet today at an annual legislative reception hosted by
Allegany County.

The company will demonstrate its ISDN (Integrated Services Digital
Network) service, which transmits voice, data, video and graphics over
a single, digital telephone line at speeds up to four times faster
than typical dial-up computer modems.

Legislators, business people and others will see firsthand how ISDN
enables them to quickly connect to information resources such as the
Internet. Participants will be able to link to Web sites of state and
local government, as well as a number of Allegany County businesses.

"Bell Atlantic is proud of our telecommunications infrastructure
investment in Allegany County," said Sherry F. Bellamy, president and
CEO of Bell Atlantic - Maryland. "We are particularly pleased that
our advanced network has played a major role in moving western
Maryland onto the information superhighway."

For 22 years, Allegany County has hosted the PACE (Positive Attitudes
Change Everything) reception during the Maryland General Assembly's
90-day session. PACE '98 is sponsored by The Greater Allegany
Business Foundation and held in honor of the governor and members of
the General Assembly.

Bell Atlantic - formed through the merger of Bell Atlantic and NYNEX -
is at the forefront of the new communications and information
industry. With 40.5 million telephone access lines and six 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 21 countries.