From Watson to the Web

From Watson to the Web

100 Years Later, Bell Atlantic Keeps Massachusetts

on the Cutting Edge

October 23, 1997

Media contacts:

Jack Hoey


BOSTON -- Ever since Alexander Graham Bell's shouts to Thomas Watson

flashed over wire in a Boston garret, Massachusetts has been a hub of

telecommunications activity. Now, more than 100 years later, Bell's

progeny--Bell Atlantic--is bringing new telecommunications technology

to Massachusetts schools.

The company is providing $75,000 in grants to support NetDay, a

statewide initiative to wire K-12 schools for access to the Internet.

On NetDay, Oct. 25, Bell Atlantic will provide $40,000 in telephone

wire, supplies and other resources needed to wire schools in about 15

communities around the state. In addition, employee volunteers will

spend the day connecting classrooms.

Bell Atlantic also is underwriting Internet training sessions and

developing local technology mentoring groups for teachers under a

$15,000 grant and partnering with the Massachusetts Computer Using

Educators (MassCUE) -- an organization of educators who support the

use of technology in schools. Up to 400 teachers are expected to

attend the MassCUE training sessions in December at 19 sites


Additionally, a Bell Atlantic grant of $20,000 will allow the Mass

Networks coalition to develop network management training for school


"Education is the bedrock on which our communities and, ultimately, the

Commonwealth's economy are built," says Bill McIntyre, Bell Atlantic

president and CEO for Massachusetts. "Our success depends on the

success of our schools. So, we invest in education on many levels,

through our corporate philanthropy, community relations initiatives and

employee volunteers."

Bell Atlantic has been a supporter of NetDay since the program was

launched last fall. The company's contributions are part of Bell

Atlantic's ongoing support of technology and educational initiatives.

Earlier this year, Bell Atlantic announced $500,000 in EdLink Awards

to technology projects in Massachusetts which focus on

school-to-career efforts by teachers and local community partnerships.

This fall, the Bell Atlantic Excellence in Education Program awarded

$1.5 million to secondary school programs that use technology to

change the way teachers teach and students learn.

Bell Atlantic annually earmarks about two thirds of its philanthropy

budget in Massachusetts for educational initiatives. The

contributions program focuses primarily on K-12 activities, targeting

"at risk" students, math and science learning, teacher development and

technology in the classroom.

Bell Atlantic: Prior NetDay Support

NetDay 1 -- October 1996

$25,000 - Mass. Networks Coalition

$25,000 - Mass. CUE (Computer Using Educators)

$53,500 - Local Funding and Volunteer Initiatives

Boston, Brockton, Lowell, Lawrence, Lynn, Marlboro, Medford, Melrose,

Middleboro, New Bedford, Norton, Southeast Regional Vocational School,

Tewksbury, Waltham

Announced $500,000 Massachusetts EdLink Award RFP to use technology in

school-to-career initiatives

Produced 5-point statewide videoconference

Staffed Help Desk with technical support

NetDay 2 -- April 1997

$500,000 - Announced winners of Massachusetts EdLink Awards

18 projects selected to receive grants ranging from $4,000

to $50,000

$10,000 - Mass. Networks Coalition

$39,500 - Local Funding and Volunteer Initiatives

Boston, Arlington, Chelmsford, East Bridgewater, Fall River, Berkley,

Easton, Somerset, Blackstone Valley, Douglas, Sturbridge, Haverhill,

Danvers, Methuen, North Andover, Topsfield/Boxford, Marshfield,

Norwell, Harwich, Sandwich, Holbrook, Hatfield

Staffed Help Desk with technical support

The new Bell Atlantic - formed through the merger of Bell Atlantic and

NYNEX - is at the forefront of the new communications, information and

entertainment industry. With 40 million telephone access lines and

5.5 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 21 countries.