12.16.1996Corporate

Bell Atlantic Joins Governor in Wiring Pennsylvania to the 'Net


Bell Atlantic Joins Governor in Wiring Pennsylvania to the 'Net

Company Will Provide Money and Muscle to Wire Schools to the Online World


December 16, 1996







Media contacts:

Shirley Risoldi 412-633-5574

"mailto:shirley.a.risoldi@bell-atl.com">shirley.a.risoldi@bell-atl.com


HARRISBURG, Pa. -- Hundreds of Bell Atlantic employee
volunteers, led
by Bell Atlantic-Pennsylvania President and CEO HREF="http://www.ba.com/speeches/profiles/harral.html">William
Harral, will
fan out across the Commonwealth this spring to help the Ridge
administration link dozens of schools to the Internet, it was announced
during a news conference at Harrisburg High School today.


Bell Atlantic-Pennsylvania
will provide $33,000 for classroom wiring kits
containing cable, jacks and other materials. The initiative, known as
Build PEN (Pennsylvania Education Network), also will receive a
$100,000 boost from Bell Atlantic to help provide enough equipment to
wire 400 classrooms and 85 computer labs.


"We're proud to contribute the money, muscle and know-how to help
equip Pennsylvania students with the skills they'll need to live, work
and compete in the information age," said Harral. "These
public-private partnerships provide the perfect route to get the job
done."


The Bell Atlantic volunteers will wire schools for computer
networking, the critical first step in providing classrooms with the
latest technology. Active and retired Bell Atlantic employees will
complete the wiring in their neighborhood schools.


"Build PEN has the potential to become perhaps the biggest and most
powerful public-private partnership this state has ever seen," said
Harral. "And it's crucial that this effort be directed toward
education. Computer literacy and on-line research skills will be as
vital in the 21st century workplace as the ability to speak and write
clearly."


Bell Atlantic's contribution of dollars and technical know-how to
Build PEN is one aspect of its efforts to HREF="http://www.bell-atl.com/ba-pa/paeducat.htm">enhance education
and
economic
development
in the state. Work continues with the company's
Pennsylvania
Advantage
project, a blueprint for a wide-ranging and
concerted effort to attract and develop businesses and jobs to
Pennsylvania.


In addition, the Free Library of Philadelphia honored Bell Atlantic
for contributing $500,000 to provide Internet access to the library's
52 branches. And in a partnership with the state Department of
Education, Bell Atlantic donated $750,000 to launch HREF="http://www.ba.com/pa/">"OnLine at PA
Libraries," an initiative that is connecting 188 public
libraries
across the state to the Internet.


"The Build PEN partnership is a wonderful and exciting opportunity
for
all of us in the business and private sectors to work toward a common
goal in Pennsylvania," said Harral.


Bell Atlantic Corporation (NYSE:
BEL) is at the forefront of the new
communications, entertainment and information industry. In the
mid-Atlantic region, the company is the premier provider of local
telecommunications and advanced services. Globally, it is one of the
largest investors in the high-growth wireless communication
marketplace. Bell Atlantic also owns a substantial interest in
Telecom Corporation of New Zealand and is actively developing
high-growth national and international business opportunities in all
phases of the industry.


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