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Bell Atlantic Administration Vice President Retires

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January 17, 1996


ARLINGTON, VA - Ethan Stenger, vice president of Bell Atlantic's
Administration organization, has announced plans to retire. The
Administration group, which includes about 2,700 employees throughout
the mid-Atlantic region, will become part of the Network organization
headed by Ed Sproat.

"Since Bell Atlantic's inception, Ethan has participated in many
initiatives that have improved customer service and the company's
competitive position," said Bell Atlantic Vice Chairman Lawrence T.
Babbio, Jr. "Most recently, he and his Administration team achieved
cost reductions of several hundred million dollars in each of the past
three years. We want to thank Ethan for his many fine accomplishments
and wish him the very best in his retirement."

Stenger began his telecommunications career in 1960 as an assistant
manager in operations services for C&P Telephone of Maryland. He
a number of positions of increasing responsibility in operator
services, network operations and product line management. Prior to
coming to his current position in 1993, Stenger was vice president and
chief operating officer for Bell Atlantic-Pennsylvania.

Bell Atlantic Corporation (NYSE: BEL) is at the forefront of the new
communications, entertainment and information industry. In the
mid-Atlantic region, the company is the premier provider of local
telecommunications and advanced services. Globally, it is one of the
largest investors in the high-growth wireless communication
marketplace. Bell Atlantic also owns a substantial interest in
Telecom Corporation of New Zealand and is actively developing
high-growth national and international business opportunities in all
phases of the industry.


for more information, contact:

    Harry Mitchell, 304-344-7562