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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 10, 1996
BELL ATLANTIC ANNOUNCES PLANS FOR AFFORDABLE,
EASY-TO-USE INTERNET PRODUCT LINE
Range Of High-Speed, Affordable Business Connections Being Offered;
Orders For Initial Access Services Are Being Taken Today
Starting In July Unlimited Consumer Internet Access Will Be
RESTON, VA -- Bell Atlantic Internet Solutions today
introduction of a line of business and residential Internet products
and services. Bell Atlantic Internet Solutions is a new unit of Bell
Atlantic created to develop and deliver Internet-based services to
businesses, governments and consumers.
With its entry into the Internet market, Bell Atlantic extends its
line of communications services to bring the advantages of the
Internet into businesses and homes in the Mid-Atlantic region. Bell
Atlantic Internet Solutions will provide users with a friendly, simple
and affordable way to connect to and navigate through the Internet.
It will offer a full range of Internet services -- from electronic
mail to World Wide Web site production and hosting. These new
Internet access services are in addition to the traditional transport
services Bell Atlantic already provides to users of the Internet.
"Bell Atlantic will provide a full suite of Internet offerings
by the high level of service and value for which we are known," said
Stuart Johnson, Bell
Atlantic group president-Large Business and Information Services.
The first set of services offered include high-speed, dedicated access
services for connecting businesses with the Internet. Bell Atlantic
currently is conducting a trial of these dedicated access services
with a number of business customers in the Washington, D.C., area.
Dedicated access will be available commercially in Washington, D.C.,
in May, Baltimore in June, Philadelphia in August and New Jersey in
September. Dedicated business access services are being offered with
a choice of speeds, ranging from 56 kilobits per second to 34 megabits
Also available are a set of services that will help businesses and
government organizations establish a presence on the World Wide Web.
These include Web site production, hosting and security services.
Bell Atlantic is also offering consulting and network integration
services that provide expert aid to customers who require support in
the planning, design, procurement and management of their Internet
connections and presence. (See Attachments and Chart
The second set of services to be made available -- which includes
dial-up Internet access -- is geared toward consumers and small
businesses. The price for dial-up service will be as low as $19.95
per month for unlimited access and $6.95 for five hours per month,
depending on the customer's choice of Internet interexchange carrier.
Bell Atlantic currently is testing its consumer service. Bell
Atlantic will begin fulfilling orders in July for dial-up access in
the Washington, D.C., and Baltimore metropolitan areas, and Roanoke
and the surrounding rural areas of southwestern Virginia. Dial-up
Internet access for Philadelphia and New Jersey will be available by
Attachments and Chart 1)
To stimulate sales of its affordable unlimited access service, Bell
Atlantic also plans several promotional offers, such as discounted
Internet access with the purchase of an additional telephone line or
ISDN (integrated services digital
"All of Bell Atlantic's Internet services and products will include
the quality and customer care and support synonymous with Bell
Atlantic," said Bob
Beran, president of Bell Atlantic Internet
Solutions. "Our service will make connecting to and navigating
through the Internet as simple as making a telephone call and our
products are designed to evolve with the changing needs of our
Bell Atlantic Internet Solutions also announced today that it has
signed a licensing agreement with Netscape for Netscape Navigator*
client software for consumers and a full range of Netscape client and
server software for businesses. The agreement with Netscape includes
Navigator support for ISDN, the first time Netscape has licensed this
capability to a third party vendor.
Bell Atlantic Internet Solutions and Microsoft have signed a letter of
intent regarding MSN,** The Microsoft Network, an Internet-Online
service. Bell Atlantic plans to offer a customized version of MSN,
along with the Microsoft** Internet Explorer browser, to consumers
subscribing to the company's own local Internet offering.
The Vantive Corporation and Technology Applications, Inc. are
providing Bell Atlantic with business support systems. Vivid Studios
provided the web site generation and content maintenance tools, as
well as the human interface design for the service.
For information on Bell Atlantic Internet Solutions or its Internet
product line, call (888) NET-2100 or visit our Web site at
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 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
INTERNET USERS: Bell Atlantic news releases, executive speeches, news
media contacts and other useful information are available on Bell
Atlantic's media relations World Wide Web site (http://www.ba.com), by
gopher (gopher://ba.com) or by ftp (ftp://ba.com/pub).
*Netscape Navigator is a trademark of Netscape Communications
**MSN and Microsoft are either trademarks or registered trademarks of
Attachments: Chart 1
and Service Description Sidebar
for more information, contact:
- Larry Plumb, (703) 708-4360
Ginger Fisk, (703) 708-4222