April 29, 1997
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NYNEX and Bell Atlantic Technology
Plays Key Role in Support of Presidents' Summit
PHILADELPHIA -- NYNEX President Don Reed today outlined the key role NYNEX
and Bell Atlantic technology is playing to help realize the goals of the Presidents'
Summit for America's Future.
Addressing a panel on the final day of the summit, Reed noted that not only
has a jointly developed NYNEX/Bell Atlantic interactive web site (www.americaspromise.org)
already generated 2 million "hits," but also that technology will drive
the success of the companies' previously announced four-year, $50 million commitment
to provide after-school programs.
The companies plan to build after-school technology centers, Reed said, where
at-risk children will receive training in leadership, the performing arts and other
"Technology can light the fire of creativity and excitement that will
pull kids back from the brink of boredom and drift," said Reed. "It can
create connections for kids who are tragically unconnected. For many of them, this
lack of connection probably is the core of the problem.
"Providing access to technology is concrete and tangible, and it's something
we can do," Reed added.
"A year or two ago, we had a national issue over keeping gyms open at
night so kids could stay out of trouble by playing basketball," Reed said. "We
need to think about keeping the computer room open after school hours too."
Reed noted: "Technology is extremely versatile. Unlike most parents,
technology doesn't work a 9-to-5 shift. It can be made available at any hour, for
any number of hours.
"Just consider the after-school hours of 3 to 6 p.m. -- three hours a
day, 15 hours a week -- to be the foundation for an excellent start in learning about
Providing a safe haven for young people after school is one of the fundamental
elements of childhood development that the Presidents' Summit has targeted in a massive
drive to secure commitments of volunteer time, money and other resources in support
of America's youth.
As announced last week, Bell Atlantic and NYNEX are committed to redeploy
a total of more than $50 million through the year 2000 for multifaceted programs
aimed at keeping children safe after school. Reed said that program details will
be announced in the coming months.
In addition, Reed said, the companies have donated more than $1.6 million
to provide a wide range of communications technologies at the summit, including the
interactive multimedia web site that allows the public to help write the specific
action plans worked on by community delegations attending the summit.
Reed added that employees from both companies regularly contribute tens of
thousands of hours each year in volunteer activities. Some employees serve as mentors
in self-esteem, leadership and achievement goals while others tackle the development
and improvement of facilities that house youth programs.
Bell Atlantic and NYNEX have announced plans to merge, pending regulatory
approvals. The combined corporation will serve 39 million telephone access lines
in 13 states and nearly 5 million cellular customers. Shareowners of both companies
overwhelmingly approved the merger at special meetings in November 1996.