Bell Atlantic.Net Arrives In Harrisburg

Bell Atlantic.Net Arrives In Harrisburg

First-Time Subscribers Offered 30 Days Free Unlimited Internet Access1

April 24, 1997

Media contacts:

Larry Plumb




HARRISBURG, Penn. -- Bell.Atlantic.netSM Internet access service is

now available in Harrisburg, giving consumers and businesses another

choice for making connections in cyberspace. For those who sign up

now, the offer includes an introductory trial period of 30 days free,

unlimited Internet access.

Bell.Atlantic.net makes using the Internet as easy as making a phone

call. The services' simple-to-use navigation and information

directories link customers to useful resources, events, organizations

and services in their local community, so anyone can plan a week-end

vacation, research day care options or find helpful information on

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 a hundreds of interesting and informative Web sites right

in our own backyards," said Bob Beran, president - Bell Atlantic

Internet Solutions. "Whether they are experienced users or novices,

Bell.Atlantic.net subscribers in Harrisburg will find our service

enables them to customize their 'welcome page' on the Internet so they

have easy access to local information as well as to thousands of other

global sites on the Internet."

Bell.Atlantic.net features the Netscape Navigator* browser and will

add the Microsoft** Internet Explorer browser in the near future, to

provide increased customer choice. Bell.Atlantic.net subscribers will

also have access to 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 is backed by 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.Atlantic.net

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 $19.95 per month for unlimited

access. This includes a separate $2.00 fee for a global service

provider2 of the customer's choice. The GSP is a company providing

the interexchange portion of the access service. There also is an

hourly plan for Bell.Atlantic.net, whereby users can pay $6.95 a month

for five hours (including a $2.00 fee for a GSP), plus $1.95 for each

additional hour.

These rates for unlimited access apply for analog modem access and for

ISDN (Integrated Services Digital Network) access, depending on the

particular flavor of ISDN that is chosen. ISDN, which is available to

most Bell Atlantic telephone subscribers, provides dial-up connection

to the Internet that is up to 9 times faster than the typical modem

dial-up connection.

The minimum system requirements for Bell.Atlantic.net are either:

  • a 386 Intel-equipped, IBM-compatible PC3, 8 megabytes of memory,

    6 megabytes of free hard disk space, a 14.4 kilobits-per-second

    (kbs) modem, and a 3 1/2 inch floppy disk drive or a CD-ROM drive;

    or . . .

  • a 608030 Motorola-equipped Macintosh, 16 megabytes of memory, 10

    megabytes of free hard disk space, a 14.4 kbs modem, and a CD-ROM


Bell.Atlantic.net currently works with Microsoft Windows** 3.1, 3.11

and Windows 95**, and Macintosh**** OS7.1 or higher. Macintosh Open

Transport users must have version 1.1 or higher.

Customers interested in ordering a copy of Bell.Atlantic.net software

and subscribing to Bell Atlantic's Internet access service can call

1-800-NET-2026. For more information on the service, customers can

visit the company's Web site at http://www.bellatlantic.net. For information regarding Bell Atlantic's ISDN service, customers can call

Bell Atlantic InfoSpeed on 1-800-204-7332.

Internet Services for Large and Small Businesses Available

High-speed, dedicated Internet access services and Web services that

enable businesses and governments to establish a presence on the World

Wide Web also are available in Harrisburg.

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 businesses 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 the unit of Bell Atlantic

that develops and delivers 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 Corp. (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 industry.

*Trademark of Netscape Communications Corp.

** Trademark of Microsoft Corp.

*** Trademark of Microsystems Software, Inc.

**** Trademark of Apple Computer, Inc.

1Global Service Provider charges may apply. Subject to certain


2 Price subject to change.

3 Some other systems may also be compatible.