Best Buy Partners with 3Com, Bell Atlantic to Offer ADSL Modem Technology to Consumers

Best Buy Partners with 3Com, Bell
Atlantic to Offer ADSL Modem
Technology to Consumers

Alliance Provides Best Buy Customers with Ultra-Fast
Internet Access
in the Washington, D.C. Area

Jan. 13, 2000


Joy Harris, Best Buy Co.,
(612) 995-5448

Dave DeVries, 3Com Corp.,
(847) 262-2323

Joan Rasmussen, Bell Atlantic,
(212) 395-2051

MINNEAPOLIS,MN - Beginning Jan. 16, seven Washington,
D.C.-area Best Buy locations will offer consumers one-stop shopping for
high-speed Digital Subscriber Line (DSL) service from 3Com and Bell

For the first time, consumers will be able to qualify their phone lines,
order DSL service and purchase a 3Com and Bell Atlantic.net ADSL
Home Connection Kit from a participating Best Buy store. The kit includes
a 3Com&reg HomeConnectTM ADSL modem and all the hardware, software
and information they need to use Bell Atlantic.net high-speed Internet
access service, powered by Bell Atlantic InfospeedSM DSL service.

"Broadband services provide the power to change the way Best
Buy customers work and play," said Pete Bosse, Best Buy vice
president - Digital Communication Services. "ADSL is another way
to enhance our customers' time and give them more options to stay

When Best Buy customers buy a 3Com and Bell Atlantic.net ADSL Home
Connection Kit
, getting Bell Atlantic.net/DSL service up and running is a
snap. Consumers can order Bell Atlantic.net/DSL service in the store or
at home online. They can also self install the HomeConnect modem, or
have it installed by a Best Buy technician for a nominal fee. Either way,
there's no waiting at home for a visit from a Bell Atlantic technician.

"By making our Home Connection kit available at Best Buy stores,
we're making it easier for consumers to get started with Infospeed DSL,
from qualification to service activation to installation," said Fred
D'Alessio, group president - consumer services for Bell Atlantic.
"We're committed to making DSL services as accessible and easy
to use as possible for our broadband customers."

Jerry Devlin, vice president and general manager for 3Com's Personal
Connectivity Division, commented, "3Com and Bell Atlantic's
innovative DSL solution at Best Buy stores aims to simplify the
broadband qualification and purchase process, making installation and
service activation easier for consumers. This strategic relationship
represents another major leap forward for consumers anxiously awaiting
the benefits of dedicated, high-speed Internet access."

3Com representatives will be in Washington, D.C.-area stores on Jan. 16
to answer questions and help consumers determine if Bell Atlantic
Infospeed DSL service is available to them. Personal Infospeed DSL
service can then be activated from a Bell Atlantic facility within
approximately seven business days once customers place their orders
online, either in the store or at home.

At $49.95 per month, Bell Atlantic's Personal Infospeed package - which
includes Bell Atlantic.net Internet access - features speeds up to 640
kilobits per second (Kbps) with unlimited use. Best Buy shoppers can
purchase the Home Connection kit for $229.99. After 60 days of
continuous service with Bell Atlantic.net service, customers will receive
$130 cash back. The rebate offer is available for orders received through
the end of March.

Infospeed DSL - Bell Atlantic's brand name for DSL - is a digital high-
speed service that provides an "always-on" link to the global
Internet, taking advantage of unused capacity in existing telephone lines.
DSL allows consumers to use a single phone line to send faxes or make
phone calls while simultaneously surfing the Internet.

The 3Com and BellAtlantic.net ADSL Home Connection Kit will be
available at the following Best Buy stores in the Washington, D.C. metro

  • Best Buy

    1200 Rockville

    Rockville, MD
  • Best Buy

    15750 Shady Grove

    Gaithersburg, MD
  • Best Buy
    Springfield Mall

    6555 Frontier

    Springfield, VA
  • Best Buy Fair Lakes

    13058 Fair Lakes

    Fairfax, VA
  • Best Buy
    Pentagon City

    1201 S. Hayes
    Street, Suite B

    Arlington, VA
  • Best Buy 7 Corners

    6201 Arlington

    Falls Church, VA
  • Best Buy Reston

    1861 Fountain

    Reston, VA

About Best Buy Co., Inc.
Minneapolis-based Best Buy Co., Inc. (NYSE: BBY) is the nation's largest
volume specialty retailer of consumer electronics, personal computers,
entertainment software and appliances. The Company operates 354
stores in 37 states, and offers CDs, DVD movies and gift cards online at

About 3Com Corporation
With over 300 million customer connections worldwide, 3Com
Corporation connects more people and organizations to information and
each other in more innovative, simple and reliable ways than any other
networking company. 3Com delivers e-Networking solutions through
information access products and network systems to enterprises, small
businesses, consumers, carriers and network service providers. For
further information, visit 3Com's World Wide Web site at www.3com.com
or the press site at www.3com.com/pressbox.

About Bell Atlantic
Bell Atlantic is at the forefront of the new communications and information
industry. With more than 43 million telephone access lines and more
than 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.

3Com is a registered trademark and HomeConnect is a trademark of
3Com Corporation. Bell Atlantic Infospeed DSL is a service mark of Bell
Atlantic. All other company and product names may be trademarks of
the respective companies with which they are associated.