Bell Atlantic tracking Winter Storm, Network and Technicians Ready

Bell Atlantic Tracking Winter Storm,
Network and Technicians Ready

Major East Coast Storm Tracking North

January 25, 2000


Mark Marchand,

NEW YORK - Bell Atlantic and its vast telecommunications network are
ready for the first major winter storm of the 1999-2000 season, which
began dumping snow and ice along the East Coast late yesterday.

"We know that many of our customers depend on the Bell Atlantic
network to get their work done and to stay in touch during a storm such as
this - so we're ready," said Arnie Eckelman, Bell Atlantic president-
consumer services. "We prepare our network and our systems for
events such as these to make sure the Bell Atlantic link to homes and
businesses keeps working when other networks might not.

"If some of our lines are damaged by the storm, we're ready to make
repairs as quickly as possible."

Ed Sproat, Bell Atlantic's president and chief operating officer for
Network Services, said all of the company's more than 2,600 call-
switching centers have backup power ready in the event commercial
power is cut off.

"Whether it's diesel generators or batteries - or both - our switching
centers have the backup power to continue providing dial tone to
customers if and when we lose electrical power," Sproat said.
"We plan for these types of weather events."

Bell Atlantic has activated its storm-monitoring center and will continue
tracking the storm as it moves north. In the event some areas are hit hard
by the storm, the company is ready to move in extra technicians to speed

Bell Atlantic is at the forefront of the new communications and
industry. With nearly 44 million telephone access lines and 12 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.