Bell Atlantic Sponsors NetDay At Schools In Newark, Paterson and Jersey City

Bell Atlantic Sponsors NetDay At Schools In
Newark, Paterson and Jersey City

October 4, 1996

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Tim Ireland (703) 974-5455


NEWARK, N.J. -- Three schools in state-operated
districts will
receive free information superhighway on-ramps Saturday morning,
courtesy of Bell Atlantic and a corps of NetDay volunteers.

Bell Atlantic is providing Brown Academy in Newark, School No. 4 in
Paterson and School No. 27 in Jersey City with the wiring and some of
the software they'll need to incorporate the Internet into the

Bell Atlantic also is giving a year's worth of dial-up Internet access
to the three schools.

"We're proud to provide schools with access to the Internet and
online information resources, and we're certain Bell Atlantic's NetDay
investment will yield immeasurable returns to the students of
Paterson, Newark and Jersey City," said Peter J. Ventimiglia, vice
president of external affairs for Bell Atlantic-New Jersey.

National NetDay activities were inspired by Bell Atlantic's
Interactive Multimedia Education Trial at the Christopher Columbus
School in Union City.

Moreover, Bell Atlantic has been engaged in a year-long partnership
to bring the benefits of information technology to the three
state-operated, inner-city school districts. Saturday's activities
are an important part of that effort.

NetDay activities will kick off early Saturday with a 9 a.m. breakfast
at Brown Academy, 695 Bergen Street, Newark. Remarks by Sen. Frank
Lautenberg, New Jersey Secretary of State Lonna R. Hooks and other
dignitaries will follow at 9:30 a.m.

At 10 a.m., about 75 volunteers -- including Bell Atlantic technicians
from Local IBEW 827 -- will begin wiring at all three schools.
Lautenberg is scheduled make a 10:30 a.m. appearance at School No. 4
in Paterson.

Other NetDay organizers and participants include The Partnership for
New Jersey, PSE&G, Microsoft, Newark Public Library, The Paterson
Education Foundation, CISCO and the New Jersey Institute of

Bell Atlantic Corporation (NYSE:
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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 industry.