NYNEX Merger With Bell Atlantic Approved By Connecticut Department of Public Utility Control

November 20, 1996

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NYNEX Merger With Bell Atlantic Approved By Connecticut Department of Public Utility Control

NEW BRITAIN, Conn.--The Connecticut Department of

Public Utility Control today voted unanimously to approve

the merger of NYNEX and Bell Atlantic.

Connecticut is the first state in NYNEX's seven-state

service territory to approve the merger.

By a 5-0 vote, the DPUC concluded that the merger is

in the public interest and found that "the alliance of NYNEX

and Bell Atlantic, through the proposed merger, will benefit

the customers, employees and shareholders of both


"We're pleased by this ruling and look forward to

approvals from other state commissions," said Ivan

Seidenberg, NYNEX chairman. "Connecticut regulators

recognized that this merger is about growth and economic

development. Providing quality products and services to the

residents and businesses we serve in the state -- and

throughout our home region -- will always be our top


The proposed merger between NYNEX and Bell Atlantic

was announced on April 22.

The combined corporation will serve 39 million

telephone access lines in 13 states and more than 4 million

cellular customers.

Shareowners of both companies overwhelmingly approved

the merger at special meetings earlier this month.

In NYNEX territory, regulators in Connecticut (where

the company serves approximately 30,000 customers in

Greenwich and Byram), New York, Maine, Vermont and New

Hampshire have conducted or are conducting reviews of the

merger in accordance with the laws applicable in those


Two other NYNEX states -- Massachusetts and Rhode

Island -- have not sought to assert jurisdiction over the

proposed merger, although Massachusetts is reviewing the

merger within the context of its general supervisory

authority over telephone operations. Reviews by all states

are expected to be complete by early next year. Bell

Atlantic has made informational filings with all the state

commissions in its six states, as well as the District of

Columbia. To date, four states -- Delaware, Maryland,

Virginia and West Virginia -- have disclaimed jurisdiction

over the merger.

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


The Corporation is a leader in the

telecommunications, wireless communications, cable

television, directory publishing and entertainment and

information services.

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