03.09.1999Corporate

New Area Code Assigned to New Jersey


New Area Code Assigned to New Jersey

856 Issued For Geographic Split of 609 Area Code


March 9, 1999





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Cliff Lee,
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NEWARK -- The number 856 has been assigned as the new southern
New Jersey area code, created by a split of the current region served by the
609 area code.

Lockheed Martin, the national area code administrator, issued the code to
Bell Atlantic after review of the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities'
decision last month to create several million new local numbers by
splitting the state's 609 region. Residents and businesses on the eastern
side of the split will retain the 609 code, while those on the western side
will be given the new 856 area code.

This action will effectively double the supply of numbers available to
satisfy growing consumer needs and demand for new telecommunications
services.

(A list of exchanges in the new area code are included at the end of
this release.)

The area code split will be implemented by June 12, 1999. For a period of
approximately 5 months, calls placed to telephone numbers in the new 856
area code will be completed whether or not the new code is dialed.
Beginning Nov. 13, calls to the new area code will not be completed
unless the new 856 code is dialed.

Further information on the implementation schedule will be available
following a meeting of industry representatives later this month.

The new 856 area code will include all of Salem County, as well as major
portions of Gloucester, Camden and Cumberland counties and smaller
portions of Burlington and Atlantic counties.

Bell Atlantic is at the forefront of the new communications and
information industry. With more than 42 million telephone access lines
and 8.6 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.

The list of exchange codes (NXXs) was provided by Lockheed Martin and
is subject to change.


Local Exchange Codes To Be Included In New 856 Area Code


205             325             461             595             740             842
210             327             464             596             741             843
216             328             467             598             742             845
218             331             468             600             746             848
222             337             470             608             751             851
223             338             473             613             752             853
224             339             474             614             753             854
225             342             475             616             754             855
227             346             477             619             755             857
228             349             478             622             756             858
231             350             479             623             757             863
232             351             481             627             761             864
233             354             482             629             762             866
234             355             483             630             764             869
235             356             486             635             765             873
237             357             488             642             767             874
240             358             489             644             768             875
241             359             507             650             769             878
244             363             508             651             770             879
245             365             515             657             772             881
246             367             521             661             773             885
248             369             531             662             776             891
249             374             532             663             778             899
250             377             533             665             779             901
251             379             535             667             782             910
253             384             536             668             783             914
255             401             537             669             784             916
256             414             539             672             785             917
262             415             540             674             786             931
270             416             541             675             787             933
271             422             542             678             788             935
273             423             543             681             793             938
274             424             544             686             794             939
276             427             545             690             795             940
277             428             546             691             796             946
284             429             547             692             797             960
289             433             549             694             798             962
293             435             563             696             802             963
299             437             564             697             809             964
302             438             565             701             810             966
303             439             566             715             813             968
307             445             568             718             821             969
309             446             573             719             824             974
310             447             574             721             825             975
312             451             580             722             829             979
317             453             582             727             830             983
318             454             589             728             831             985
321             455             590             733             833             988
322             456             591             736             837             996
323             459             593             738             840