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

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

Directories Include Illustration of City Skyline on Cover

June 9, 1998

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Stephanie Hobbs,

FALLS CHURCH, Va. -- Bell Atlantic's 1998-99 Yellow and White
Pages for Springfield, Mass., contain new and innovative Internet-related
features. More than 250,000 copies of the new directories will be
delivered to Springfield businesses and residences during the next several

For the first time in the Springfield 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 Springfield 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 Springfield Yellow Pages includes an illustration of
the city skyline, as viewed from the banks of the Connecticut River.
Springfield is the regional center of commercial, financial, and industrial
activities, with many of the area's largest employers located in the city.
The illustration features views of Monarch Place and the Campanile
Building, both located in the city's central business district. In the past five
years, the city of Springfield has focused many developmental efforts in this

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. Bell Atlantic news releases.