Bell Atlantic, NYNEX Sponsor 16 Charities At Presidents' Summit for America's Future

Bell Atlantic, NYNEX Sponsor 16 Charities At Presidents' Summit for
America's Future

All Harness Latest Technologies to Aid Youth, Families

April 28, 1997

Media contacts:

Shannon Fioravanti

Bell Atlantic Media Relations


Maureen Flanagan

NYNEX Media Relations



PHILADELPHIA and NEW YORK CITY -- Bell Atlantic and
NYNEX have
jointly earmarked over $60,000 to 16 non-profit groups to the Presidents'
Summit for America's Future underway in Philadelphia, and to provide
hands-on Internet training to delegates.

The summit, slated for April 27-29, will kick off a national campaign
to renew the spirit of volunteerism, with a new effort targeting
America's youth. Summit organizers expect participation from over
1,700 community and state delegates from throughout the country.

"These 16 organizations are harnessing the latest technology to
lives and make a difference in the communities they serve," said
Raymond W.
, chairman and CEO, Bell Atlantic. "These volunteers
bring real front-line experience to the summit and share their
resources with other volunteers nationwide. We're glad we can help
these groups get there."

Bell Atlantic and NYNEX will fund the organizations through HandsNet,
a national non-profit training center which helps volunteer
organizations make full use of the Internet. HandsNet, based in
California, now links 5,000 human service organizations throughout the
United States.

"Our investment in these 16 programs is fostering a new approach to
volunteerism. These groups, combined with the advanced technologies
of NYNEX and Bell Atlantic, will reach potentially tens of thousands
of volunteers. I'm happy we can be a part of this great effort,"
NYNEX Chairman Ivan Seidenberg.

"New communications technologies have the power to multiply the
effectiveness of the non-profit sector," said Sam Karp, HandsNet
executive officer. "In ten years of work with the human services
community, we have seen how access to information and communications
can expand the reach and improve the programs of these organizations."

The charities Bell Atlantic and NYNEX will sponsor are based from
Massachusetts to California:

Libertynet, Philadelphia - This group provides Internet access for
1,000 area non-profit organizations, including web-site hosting for
400 of these.

Project DIANE, Nashville, Tenn. - DIANE (Diversified Information
Assistance Network) uses PC-based two-way video-teleconferencing to
connect 50 non-profit organizations in middle Tennessee.

Plugged In and The Community Technology Centers Network (CTCnet),
- Plugged In offers a storefront computer and communications
center in low-income and ethnically diverse East Palo Alto, Calif..
Plugged In is one of more than 150 neighborhood technology centers
belonging to CTCnet, based in Newton, Mass.

SeniorNet, San Francisco, Calif. - This national network of senior
centers focuses on improving seniors citizens' lives through computers
and the use of high technology.

US Tech Corps, Sudbury, Mass. - This national service
links technical volunteers with local projects, such as HREF="http://www.ba.com/speeches/netday.htm">NetDay, which
is a nationwide program to wire school classrooms for Internet

DO-IT, Seattle, Wash. - DO-IT provides on-line mentoring for
high school youth interested in attending college to pursue careers in
math, science and technology.

Making Healthy MUSIC, Newark, N.J. - This low-income
community uses technology to generate its own community information
resources on health, violence prevention and education, with a focus
on youth.

National Urban League, New York - This group uses technology to
114 local Urban League affiliates with information on jobs.

PUENTE Learning Centers, Los Angeles - This group uses computer
digital interactive distance learning extensively in tutoring and
teaching English as a second language.

Faces of Adoption, Philadelphia - This organization
provides a
powerful database that links "waiting" children, often older or
disabled, with adoptive parents nationwide; offers links to other
adoption resources on line.

Impact Online, Vienna, Va. - This is an on line and
fully interactive
service that links volunteers with non-profit agencies throughout the
United States.

LEAP (Leadership, Education, Athletics in Partnership),
New Haven,
Conn. - This group provides storefront computer learning centers to
mentor youth in low-income, distressed communities.

KidsCampaigns - An online information and action center
for people of
all ages who are working to improve the status of children in their

SERVnet -- An extensive web site devoted to service and
that matches volunteers through the country with local opportunities
to serve.

California Telementoring Project - A state-based web
site for
recruiting mentors and linking them with community organizations that
offer youth programs. The project also promotes information sharing.

Bell Atlantic and NYNEX announced earlier this week a $1.6 million
donation to the summit in cash, products and services, some of which
will subsidize training for summit volunteers so that they may use the
power of the Internet to increase their effectiveness. As the primary
provider of telecommunications services for the summit, Bell Atlantic
and NYNEX are transforming the Pennsylvania

Convention Center into a major telecommunications hub, through a
massive deployment of high-speed data pipelines and state-of-the-art
networking capabilities.

Bell Atlantic Corp. (NYSE: BEL) is
at the forefront of the new
communications, entertainment and information industry. In the
mid-Atlantic region, the company's telephone company subsidiaries are
the premier providers 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.

NYNEX (NYSE:NYN) is a global
communications and media corporation that
provides a full range of services in the northeastern United States
and high-growth markets around the world, including the United
Kingdom, Thailand, Gibraltar, Greece, Indonesia, the Philippines,
Poland, Slovakia, and the Czech Republic. The corporation is a leader
in telecommunications, wireless communications, directory publishing
and video entertainment and information services. NYNEX is also
managing sponsor of FLAG - Fiberoptic Link Around the Globe - the
worlds longest undersea fiber optic communications cable.