Bell Atlantic Mobile Applauds FCC Action on 'Calling Party Pays'

Bell Atlantic Mobile Applauds FCC Action on 'Calling Party Pays'

June 10, 1999


Nancy Stark,
(908) 306-6762

BEDMINSTER, N.J. -- Bell Atlantic Mobile praised today's Federal
Communications Commission (FCC) action to move Calling Party Pays
(CPP), an option allowing wireless customers to choose to have callers
pay for the call, one step closer to reality. Currently in the US, wireless
customers pay for both outgoing and incoming calls.

"The leadership of Chairman Kennard and the Commissioners on
Calling Party Pays is a giant step forward for wireless consumers, who
today number one out of every four Americans and growing," said
Dennis F. Strigl, President of Bell Atlantic's Wireless Group and CEO of
Bell Atlantic Mobile. "CPP will make wireless immediately more
valuable for current consumers, more affordable to those who do not yet
have wireless, and more competitive with landline service."

Strigl and Bell Atlantic have long been proponents of CPP, which is the
norm for wireless service outside the US. The company has offered the
option on a local basis for several years through a wireless subsidiary it
operates in the Phoenix area. Bell Atlantic Mobile plans to offer CPP by
the end of the year.

Bell Atlantic Mobile owns and operates the largest wireless network in the
East, covering 120,000 square miles, and the largest chain of retail outlets
devoted exclusively to wireless voice, data and paging. Based in
Bedminster, NJ, Bell Atlantic Mobile has 6.4 million customers and 8,000
employees from Maine to Georgia and, through a separate subsidiary, in
the Southwest. Through its "Wireless at Work..." community
service program, the company uses its technology to help individuals and
communities improve security and emergency communications. Bell
Atlantic Mobile's parent, Bell Atlantic Corporation (NYSE:BEL) is one
of the world's largest wireless communications companies, with domestic
operations in 25 states and international investments in Mexico, Europe
and the Pacific Rim. For more information on Bell Atlantic Mobile visit:
www.bam.com; on global operations visit: