Bell Atlantic Helps News Media, Voters Track New Hampshire's First-In-Nation Presidential Primary

Bell Atlantic Helps News Media, Voters Track
New Hampshire's First-In-Nation Presidential

Company Technicians Install Thousands of
Extra Phone Lines on Short Notice

January 31, 2000


Erle B. Pierce,

Mark Marchand,

MANCHESTER, N.H -- As New Hampshire voters go to the polls
tomorrow in the nation's first presidential primary, citizens around the
country will be hearing early results fast, thanks in part to the Bell Atlantic
network and speedy work by company technicians.

With the national and international news media - along with the
candidates' organizations - descending on the Granite State for the
primary, Bell Atlantic technicians have been hard at work ensuring that
the various organizations have the telecommunications links they need
when they need them.

Bell Atlantic has installed about 3,600 special telephone lines and nearly
100 video circuits for news media organizations and the candidates vying
for their party's nomination. The demand for lines has increased
substantially since the last primary in 1996 when Bell Atlantic installed
about 2,400 phone lines and 60 video circuits. Much of the work this year
was accomplished under short deadlines as those organizations prepared
for the primary.

"Our entire team here has gone above and beyond the call of duty to
make sure we've met every commitment for a news media outlet or
candidate," said Mike Hickey, Bell Atlantic-New Hampshire
president. "We created a special task force that has been meeting on
a semi-monthly basis for some time. We are ready."

Bell Atlantic is at the forefront of the new communications and information
industry. With nearly 44 million telephone access lines and 12 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.