07.09.1996|Corporate

Bell Atlantic & ADPI to Provide Internet, On-Line Connections to Associations


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 9, 1996

BELL ATLANTIC SIGNS ALLIANCE WITH APDI TO PROVIDE INTERNET, ON-LINE CONNECTIONS TO ASSOCIATIONS

Product Provides Electronic Link to Public, "Secure" Communications Tool for Associations


RESTON, VA -- Bell Atlantic Internet Solutions and Application Programming & Development Inc. (APDI) are joining forces to help associations establish electronic communications links with their members and with the public.

Through its strategic alliance with APDI, Bell Atlantic will offer association customers a customized on-line service for their membership. The offering will provide organizations with access to e-mail, information bulletins, as well as templates for file libraries, discussion forums, newsletters, resource directories, and a site on the World Wide Web. Users will be able to connect to these services via standard dial-up lines or the Internet.

"Providing customized Internet service to associations is a natural evolution for our product line," said Bob Beran, president -Bell Atlantic Internet Solutions. "The Internet enables groups to exchange information with their members and the public quickly, efficiently and globally, if needed. Our service will make that connection for our customers painlessly and professionally."

APDI is one of the nation's premier on-line system service bureaus, implementing and operating customized on-line systems for some of the nation's largest service organizations from its service center in Camp Springs, Md., nearWashington, D.C.

Bell Atlantic Internet Solutions is a new unit of Bell Atlantic created to develop and deliver a full range of Internet services to businesses, governments and consumers -- from access to electronic mail to World Wide Web site production and hosting.

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.

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