Bell Atlantic's Infospeedsm DSL Service Now Available in More Communities in the Boston Area

Bell Atlantic's Infospeedsm DSL Service Now Available in More
Communities in the Boston Area

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

August 27, 1999


John Johnson,

Joan Rasmussen,

BOSTON -- Bell Atlantic's high-speed, always-on Internet access service,
Infospeed DSL,* is now available to additional consumers and businesses
in the Boston area. (See list below for specific areas.)

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,
Infospeed technology allows consumers to use a single household phone
line to send a fax or make phone calls while simultaneously surfing the
Web for news, weather or the latest stock quotes.

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

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 who make a one-year commitment -- 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 introduced Infospeed DSL to the Boston area this spring.
The company will add more communities in the Boston 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
throughout the company's Northeast service area.

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

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

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

Bell Atlantic Infospeed DSL Service
Now Available in Parts of the Following Areas:
  • Arlington
  • Boston
    • Back Bay
    • Brighton
    • Bowdoin
  • Belmont
  • Brookline
  • Cambridge
  • Everett
  • Lexington
  • Lincoln
  • Lynn
  • Malden
  • Medford
  • Melrose
  • Needham
  • Newton
  • Revere
  • Somerville
  • Wakefield
  • Waltham
  • Watertown