IBM® and Bell Atlantic Team Up to Deliver Home Networking Solutions to Consumers

IBM® and Bell Atlantic Team Up to Deliver
Home Networking Solutions to Consumers

Home PC Networks, Shared Video Sources Planned
as Bell Atlantic Becomes an IBM Authorized Home
Systems Integrator

February 2, 1999


Mark Marchand,

Andrew Hayden,

Bell Atlantic Communications and Construction Services, Inc. (BACCSI),
a subsidiary of Bell Atlantic, today announced they have joined forces to
deliver IBM Home Director* home networking systems to homeowners
throughout the northeastern United States. Now consumers throughout the
Bell Atlantic operating area will have access to some of the most advanced
home networking technology - including in-home PC networking -- from
two names they can trust.

By combining their respective expertise in home-networking
technology and knowledge of the home marketplace, IBM and BACCSI
are working to transform the way homeowners, builders and developers
implement and access advanced telecommunications infrastructure
systems. Soon consumers will be moving into new homes pre-wired with
some of the most advanced home networking technology available.

"Working together with BACCSI, IBM is expanding its reach in
delivering technology solutions that match consumers' lifestyles and
needs," said Mike Braun, general manager, IBM Consumer Division.
"With nearly 3,000 service trucks on the road, BACCSI has an outstanding
field support organization that we are proud to team with to install our
Home Director System. Homeowners can rely on receiving the best in
home networking technology as well as superior services and support for
years to come."

"This agreement further positions BACCSI as the nation's largest
premises infrastructure provider," said Robert Burich, president of Bell
Atlantic Communications and Construction Services, Inc. "Our agreement
with IBM supports Bell Atlantic's broad product offerings and solutions in
the fast-growing and increasingly competitive residential communications

The addition of BACCSI to IBM's nationwide family of
Authorized Home Systems Integrators reinforces the importance that home
networking is beginning to play in people's lives. Recent developments in
technology, such as the rapid expansion of the Internet, growing numbers
of intelligent devices and new transmission methods like ADSL make the
delivery of home networking solutions a natural fit for BACCSI. As a
result, homes equipped by BACCSI and IBM will be able to network their
PCs, distribute the signal from a single VCR or DVD player to any TV,
share an internet signal and be equipped to take advantage of future home
networking advances and devices.

BACCSI has established itself as a leader in working to change
the residential communications infrastructure market from simply
delivering basic telephone service to bringing a wide array of broadband
and networking capabilities into the home. IBM Home Director is rapidly
becoming a standard feature in new homes across the United States and
Canada. By working together, IBM and BACCSI are able to leverage
each others strengths to deliver home networking capabilities that
ultimately benefit homeowners.

The foundation for the IBM Home Director System is the Home
Network Connection Center, the in-home hub for a complete structured
wiring network solution. The Connection Center brings together the
various wiring types in the home including coaxial, category 5, and
telephone - and allows data to flow across the network. As the center-
piece of the current agreement, IBM will supply co-branded Home
Network Connection Centers to BACCSI, thus enabling future network
applications and helping protect homes from technology obsolescence.

To help deliver even greater value in home networking systems
IBM recently introduced the first of what is planned to be a series of
applications which take advantage of the infrastructure that IBM and
BACCSI are delivering. Presently this includes the IBM Home Network
Controller, an integrated home management application. IBM has plans to
add other applications that run on a home networking infrastructure in the
future which will be distributed through a variety of channels including the
IBM Authorized Home Systems Integrator program.

The agreement between IBM and BACCSI is effective
immediately, covering activity throughout the Bell Atlantic region from
Maine to Virginia and has the potential to expand further into other
markets where BACCSI has a presence. In addition, IBM and BACCSI
will work together on market development, advertising and research, as
well as sales and technical support.

For more information on IBM Home Director, IBM's home
networking products, or the location of the nearest IBM Authorized Home
Systems Integrator, visit the IBM Home Director Web site at
www.ibm.com/homedirector or call 1-800-426-7144.

For more information on home wiring from BACCSI please call 1-
888-WIRESVC (1-888-947-3782.)

Bell Atlantic is at the forefront of the new communications and
information industry. With more than 42 million telephone access lines
and more than eight 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.


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