Bell Atlantic's Infospeed DSL Service Now Available in Baltimore

Bell Atlantic's Infospeedsm DSL Service Now
Available in Baltimore

Customers Value Security of Always-On, High-Speed Link to
the Internet

September 8, 1999


Joan Rasmussen,

Sandra Arnette,

BALTIMORE -- Baltimore residents and businesses have a new choice
for high-speed Internet access -- Bell Atlantic's Infospeed DSL* service,
an always-on, direct connection available today in parts of Baltimore and
soon to be introduced in other parts of the metropolitan area.

With Infospeed DSL, there's no dialing and no busy signals. With one
click of the mouse, you're there.

"Our Infospeed DSL package includes fast, unlimited access to the
Internet, Bell Atlantic's own Internet service, and the ability to use the
same phone line to talk or fax while you're online," said Amy
McIntosh, president -- Consumer Data Services, Bell Atlantic. "And
Infospeed provides your own dedicated connection, so you don't have to
worry that your access will slow down as cable modems can when your
neighbors go online."

Infospeed DSL is Bell Atlantic's brand name for DSL, or Digital
Subscriber Line technology, which provides a continuous connection to
cyberspace up to 126 times faster than a traditional 56 Kbps (kilobits per
second) modem, depending on the Infospeed package selected.

By taking advantage of unused capacity on existing telephone lines, DSL
technology allows consumers to use a single phone line to send a fax or
make phone calls while simultaneously surfing the Web for news, weather
or the latest stock quotes.

Infospeed Packages Offer Tremendous Value

At $49.95 a month, Bell Atlantic's entry-level Personal Infospeed package
for consumers features speeds up to 640 kilobits per second (Kbps) with
unlimited use. Bell Atlantic Infospeed DSL Personal Plus, the company's
entry-level package for businesses, is priced at $64.95, with speeds up to
640 Kbps for unlimited use.

Consumers and business customers who want even faster connections
have two other options:

  • Bell Atlantic Professional Infospeed for consumers at $99.95 a
    month or Bell Atlantic Infospeed DSL Professional Plus for
    businesses at $114.95, feature speeds up to 1.6 megabits per
    second (Mbps).

  • Bell Atlantic Power Infospeed for consumers at $189.95 or Bell
    Atlantic Infospeed DSL

Power Plus at $204.95 a month, offer speeds up to 7.1 Mbps.

All Bell Atlantic Infospeed DSL packages for consumers include
BellAtlantic.net Internet access and a link to a special version of the Snap
portal service designed for Bell Atlantic's high-speed users.

All Bell Atlantic Infospeed DSL Plus packages offer business customers
up to six mailboxes, sized to meet business needs at 20 megabytes each,
and five megabytes of Web page space.

The initial cost includes a $99 one-time network connection fee and - for
BellAtlantic.net subscribers - a DSL modem for $99.

In addition, technical support is available to all Infospeed DSL customers,
24 hours a day, seven days a week. Finally, the service comes with a
customer-care, money-back guarantee for all charges if a customer decides
not to continue service within 30 days of installation.

Bell Atlantic will add more communities in the Baltimore area in coming
months as part of its plan to make 17 million residential and business lines
DSL-capable by the end of the year throughout its Northeast service area.
The company recently announced that it would accelerate its deployment
of Infospeed DSL this year to equip 700 of its central offices for DSL from
Maine to Virginia.

Introduced by Bell Atlantic last fall, Infospeed DSL also is available in
parts of the New York City, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Boston and
Washington, D.C. metropolitan areas and New Jersey.

Customers can make a reservation for Bell Atlantic Infospeed DSL
services today via the Bell Atlantic Web site at
www.bellatlantic.com/infospeed or by calling 1-877-525-2DSL. They also
can preview Bell Atlantic's high-speed portal by visiting the same Web
site. Additional information about Infospeed DSL packages for small
businesses is available at www.bellatlantic.com/smallbiz.

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.

*EDITOR'S NOTE: To see a demonstration of Infospeed DSL in the
Baltimore area, call 212-395-2051.