MCET And Nynex To Bring Affordable High Technology To Massachusetts Classrooms And Libraries

February 1, 1996

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MCET And Nynex To Bring Affordable High Technology To Massachusetts
Classrooms And Libraries

WORCESTER, MA -- Exchanging ideas and information over
the Internet and through desktop video conferencing could be a
normal daily activity sooner rather than later in hundreds of
Massachusetts classrooms, public libraries, and education centers
thanks to an innovative agreement.

The Massachusetts Corporation for Educational Telecommunications
(MCET) and NYNEX have announced an agreement to bring
Services Digital Network) services to hundreds of schools, colleges,
and libraries at a fixed monthly rate. The initiative will give
students K-12 and beyond the advantages of education using the
latest interactive technologies. These new computer-based resources
are the same ones that future employers will expect them to be
familiar with when they enter the workforce.

"Communication links, personal computers, and videoconferences
will soon be as common in the classroom as textbooks, blackboards,
and chalk," said William McIntyre, NYNEX vice president,
Massachusetts. "We know that educators are under enormous
budget pressures, and that they need predictable costs so they
can budget for the year. This agreement will help us deliver leading-edge
services with just that predictability," he said.

"MCET is excited to be sponsoring and collaborating with
NYNEX on this initiative," said Dr. John G. Flores, executive
director of MCET. "We are pleased that we have been able
to negotiate a predictable rate for ISDN availability so that
the education community shares in the tremendous benefits of high
technology services."

A quasi-public agency, MCET provides access to the most advanced
technologies to improve the quality of education in grades K-12,
higher education, and government. This agreement allows MCET to
further support the operation of the Mass Ed OnLine LearnNet (MEOL),
the statewide computer network for educators. MCET also produces
educational programming broadcast daily on the Mass LearnPike
satellite network to 28 states nationwide.

NYNEX is a global communications and media company that provides
a full range of services in the northeastern United States and
high-growth markets around the world, including the United Kingdom,
Thailand, Gibraltar, Greece, Indonesia, the Philippines, Poland,
Slovakia and the Czech Republic.

The Corporation is a leader in the telecommunications, wireless communications,
cable television, directory publishing
and entertainment and information services.

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