September 24, 1996
Bell Atlantic is Now Marketing Bell Atlantic.net Service
to Businesses and Consumers in Northern New Jersey
First-Time Subscribers Offered 30 Days Free Unlimited Access
Bell Atlantic Also Extends High-Speed, Private Line Internet
Access Services And Web Services For Businesses To Northern New
NEWARK, NJ -- Bell Atlantic.net, a value-added,
access service, is currently being marketed to customers in Northern
New Jersey. Bill inserts announcing the service's availability were
mailed to consumers in this market beginning September 3. The offer
to consumers includes an introductory trial period of 30 days free,
unlimited Internet access.
Bell Atlantic.net makes using the Internet as easy as making a
call. The services' simple-to-use navigation and information
directories link customers to useful resources, events, organizations
and services in their local community, so they can plan a week-end
vacation, research day care options or find information useful in
running a small business. Bell Atlantic.net also provides easy
access to the best of global resources, places and information in
hundreds of interest areas.
"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 thousands of other global sites on
Bell Atlantic.net features the Netscape Navigator* browser and
add the Microsoft **Internet Explorer browser later in the year, to
provide increased customer choice. Bell Atlantic.net subscribers
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 Bell Atlantic.
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.
The price for Bell Atlantic.net is as low as $19.95 per month for
unlimited access, depending on the customer's choice of Global Service
Provider (GSP). The fee for a Global Service Provider, a company
providing the interexchange portion of the service, can run as low as
$2 a month for unlimited access. There also is a yearly plan and an
hourly plan for Bell Atlantic.net. The yearly plan enables
to realize a monthly savings of eight percent by signing up for one
year of unlimited access. Under the hourly plan, users can pay as low
as $6.95 a month for five hours (depending on the GSP chosen), plus
$1.95 for each additional hour.
The above rates apply for both analog modem access and "http://www.bell-atl.com/html/hot">ISDN
(Integrated Services Digital Network) access. ISDN, which is
available to virtually every Bell Atlantic telephone subscriber,
provides dial-up connection to the Internet that is ten times faster
than the typical modem dial up connection.
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, a14.4 kilobits per second modem, and a three
and one-half inch floppy disk drive. Bell Atlantic.net currently
works with Microsoft Windows** 3.1, 3.11 and Windows 95**. An
Apple**** Macintosh**** version of the software will be available
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 software
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
Bell Atlantic also announced today that high-speed, dedicated Internet
access services and Web services that enable businesses and
governments to establish a presence on the World Wide Web are now
available in Northern New Jersey.
Dedicated business access services are offered with a choice of
speeds, ranging from 56 kilobits per second to 34 megabits per second.
Web services include Web site production, hosting and security
services. Bell Atlantic also offers consulting and network
integration services that provide expert aid to business and other
large organizations that require support in the planning, design,
procurement and management of their Internet connections and presence.
Bell Atlantic Internet
Solutions, Inc., 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