FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 31, 1996
BELL ATLANTIC LAUNCHES DIAL-UP INTERNET ACCESS SERVICE
WITH 30 DAYS FREE UNLIMITED ACCESS FOR FIRST TIME
RESTON, VA -- Bell Atlantic.net, a dial-up
Internet access service, is
now available to consumers and businesses in the Washington, D.C., and
Baltimore metropolitan areas. For a limited time, Bell Atlantic will
offer new subscribers 30 days of free, unlimited Internet access.
The dial-up service augments the high-speed, private line Internet
access and World Wide Web services for businesses and governments that
have been available from Bell Atlantic in these markets for the last
Bell Atlantic.net makes using the Internet as easy as making a
call. Its simple-to-use navigation and information directories link
customers to useful resources, events, organizations and services in
their local community. It also provides easy access to the best of
global resources, places and information in hundreds of interest
"There are hundreds of interesting and informative Web sites right
our own backyards ," said "http://www.ba.com/homes/beran.html">Bob Beran, president-Bell
Solutions. "Bell Atlantic.net subscribers --whether
or novices --will find our service gives them easy access to this
local information, as well as to millions of other global sites on the
Bell Atlantic.net features the Netscape Navigator*browser and will
add the Microsoft** Internet Explorer browser later in the year, to
provide increased customer choice. Bell Atlantic.net subscribers will
also have access to "http://www.ba.com/nr/96/jul/cyberpat.htm">Cyber Patrol***, a tool
that enables parents to
manage and control their children's Internet access, at a sharply
discounted rate. Communications services for staying in touch with
family, friends and colleagues are also readily accessible, including
e-mail, chat and newsgroups. The service includes superior customer
service and technical support available 24 hours a day, seven days a
week, with the high reliability customers have come to expect from
Designed to meet both personal and business needs, Bell
will help business users find information and resources to start, run
and/or grow their business. It will provide access to news, market,
networking and technology information necessary for a business to stay
competitive. Communication among workers, suppliers and customers
will also be simplified.
There are three pricing plans for Bell Atlantic.net, all of which
include browser software. Users can access the Internet as much as
they wish with Bell Atlantic's unlimited access plan of only $17.95 a
month. They can realize a monthly savings greater than 10 percent by
signing up for one year of unlimited access for $198. Under the hourly
plan, users can pay $4.95 a month for five hours and $1.95 for each
additional hour. These prices do not include the fee for a Global
Service Provider, which can run as low as $2 a month for unlimited
Rates apply for analog modem access, as well as for ISDN (Integrated
Services Digital Network) access, which is available from Bell
Atlantic. ISDN provides
the fastest dial-up connection to the Internet
with end-to-end digital connectivity.
The minimum system requirements for Bell Atlantic. net are a 386
Intel-equipped, IBM-compatible PC, 8 megabytes of memory, 6 megabytes
of free hard disk space, a 14.4 kilobits per second modem, and a three
and one-half inch floppy disk drive. Bell Atlantic. net
works with Microsoft Windows** 3.1, 3.11 and Windows 95**. An
Apple****Macintosh version of the software will be available shortly.
Customers interested in ordering a free copy of Bell Atlantic. net
software and subscribing to Bell Atlantic's Internet access service
can call 1-800-NET-2026. They will receive a copy of the
within two weeks of placing their order. For more information on the
service, customers can visit the company's Web site at
For information regarding Bell
Atlantic's ISDN Internet service, customers can call Bell Atlantic
InfoSpeed on 1-800-204-7332.
Bell Atlantic Internet Solutions is a new unit of Bell Atlantic
created to develop and deliver a full range of Internet services to
businesses, governments and consumers -- from Internet access to
electronic mail to World Wide Web site production and hosting.
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
1 Excluding Global Service Provider charge.
* Trademark of Netscape Communications Corp.
** Trademark of Microsoft Corp.
*** Trademark of Microsystems Software, Inc.
**** Trademark of Apple Computer Inc.
- Larry Plumb, (703) 708-4360
Ginger Fisk, (703) 708-4222