New Bell Atlantic Yellow and White Pages for Binghamton Feature E-mail, Web Site Listings for First Time

New Bell Atlantic Yellow and White Pages for Binghamton
Feature E-mail, Web Site Listings for First Time

South Washington Street Bridge Selected for Cover Illustration

June 9, 1998

Media contact:

Stephanie Hobbs,

FALLS CHURCH, Va. -- Bell Atlantic's 1998-99 Yellow and White
Pages for Binghamton, N.Y. contain new and innovative Internet-related
features. Nearly 200,000 copies of the new directories will be delivered to
Binghamton businesses and residences during the next several weeks.

For the first time in the Binghamton region, Yellow Pages listings feature
an optional extra line for e-mail and Web site addresses in response to
growing use of the Internet. Industry analysts report that 50 percent of all
U.S. companies have Web sites. The e-mail and Web site listings
complement Bell Atlantic's BigYellowSM, the nation's leading online
shopping directory.

"The Bell Atlantic directories for Binghamton provide our customers and
advertisers with local information and services that allow for global access,
such as the Internet," says Mary Jo Howe, vice president of Bell Atlantic
Directory Services.

The cover of the new Binghamton directory features an illustration of the
South Washington Street Bridge, built in 1886. The bridge, owned and
maintained by the city of Binghamton, recently reopened as a pedestrian
and bicycle crossing over the Susquehanna River. The newly renovated
South Washington Street Bridge connects pedestrian traffic from the city's
downtown business district to the residential and business district on the
south side of the river. The bridge is notable due to its unique parabolic
truss design, and is one of the last of its kind in the United States. In 1978,
the bridge was placed on the National Register of Historic Places.

The directory cover illustrator is artist Mary Lynn Blasutta, of New Paltz,
N.Y. Her illustrations are featured on Bell Atlantic's 500 directories in 13
states and Washington, D.C.

Bell Atlantic is the world's largest publisher of Yellow Pages shopping

Bell Atlantic is at the forefront of the new communications and information
industry. With more than 41 million telephone access lines and 6.7 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 22 countries.