Bell Atlantic Partners with FVC.COM to Deliver
Broadband Video Services over Statewide
"Access New Jersey" Network
Bell Atlantic Investing $55 Million to Deliver on Governor Whitman's
Commitment to Schools
September 28, 1999
NEWARK, N.J. and SANTA CLARA, Calif. --
New Jersey's students will be moving into the fast lane of the Information
Highway over a $55-million, broadband digital video network. The
network, known as "Access New Jersey," is an innovative
partnership between Bell Atlantic - New Jersey and FVC.COM.
In deploying the broadband network, the two companies are stepping up to
New Jersey Governor Christine Todd Whitman's promise to "deliver
high-speed access to every classroom in New Jersey by 2002."
Access New Jersey will use FVC.COM video networking equipment to
deliver live and stored video resources to schools throughout the state,
reaching over 600,000 students by the end of this year.
Explains Governor Whitman, "By working with Bell Atlantic and
FVC.COM to video-enable our classrooms, we are leveling the playing
field for New Jersey's students by delivering the finest quality educational
resources to all schools, regardless of geographic or socioeconomic
Through Access New Jersey, classroom sessions can be broadcast live to
multiple sites, maximizing the impact of guest speakers or subject matter
experts. For example, several video classrooms can participate in a real-
time interactive interview with a Senator or Curator of a museum. This
interview can be broadcast live to classrooms throughout the state, while
simultaneously being recorded for replay at a later time as part of another
"We are proud to partner with FVC.COM to create a robust network
that provides options to educational organizations in their efforts to enrich
curriculum," said William M. Freeman, president and CEO of Bell
Atlantic - New Jersey. "Access New Jersey is further evidence of
Bell Atlantic's commitment to bring the benefits of the Information Age to
every citizen of the Garden State."
"Bell Atlantic is the first regional bell operating company to deliver
broadband video services on a large scale to its customers. Now they have
raised the bar for telecommunications carriers around the country,"
explains Rich Beyer, President and Chief Executive Officer of FVC.COM.
"Through our continuing partnership, we look forward to delivering
broadband video services to other parts of the Bell Atlantic region."
The network's video capabilities are accessed through FVC.COM's new
web-based video portal interface, bringing unprecedented ease-of-use to
video applications in the classroom. Through the video portal, users can
place a live video call, broadcast the call to multiple sites, record material
and view it later on demand. These services are delivered over Bell
Atlantic's broadband network using video networking products from
FVC.COM and private backbone networking products from Cisco
Systems, Inc. Bell Atlantic Data Solutions Group will provide all on-site
network monitoring and support to schools using the network.
About Bell Atlantic
Bell Atlantic is at the forefront of the new communications and
information industry. With more than 43 million telephone access lines
and nearly 10 million wireless customers worldwide, Bell Atlantic
companies are premier providers of advanced wireline voice and data
services, market leaders in wireless services and the world's largest
publishers of directory information. Bell Atlantic companies are also
among the world's largest investors in high-growth global communications
markets, with operations and investments in 23 countries.
FVC.COM, the world leader in broadband video networking, designs,
manufactures and supports a wide family of products for real-time
interactive video, streamed video and broadband access. Designed for
high-quality video delivery integrated with voice and data, these products
enable applications such as video calls, video conferences, video mail,
conference overflow and video events. FVC.COM has an installed base of
20,000 broadband video seats worldwide. FVC.COM's distribution and
system integration partners include leading telecommunication and
networking companies throughout the world.
Except for the historical information contained herein, this news release contains
forward-looking statements, including, without limitation, statements containing the
words, "believes," "anticipates," "expects" and words of similar import. Such forward-
looking statements will have known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors
that may cause the actual results, performance or achievements of FVC.COM, or industry
results, to be materially different from any future results, performance or achievements
expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements. Such factors include, among
others: FVC.COM's limited operating history and variability of operating results, market
acceptance of video technology, dependence on ATM backbone technology and the Next
Generation Internet, potential inability to maintain business relationships with distributors
and suppliers, rapid technological changes, competition in the video networking industry,
the importance of attracting and retaining personnel management of FVC.COM's growth,
consolidation and cost pressures in the video networking industry, dependence on key
employees and other risk factors referenced in FVC.COM's public filings with the Securities
and Exchange Commission, including the company's report on Form-10 K for the fiscal year
ended December 31, 1998.