12.10.1998|Corporate

Bell Atlantic to Demonstrate Infospeed DSL Service Using Compaq Presario PCs at CompUSA Stores in Northern Virginia and Pittsburgh

Bell Atlantic to Demonstrate Infospeed DSL Service Using Compaq Presario PCs at CompUSA Stores in Northern Virginia and Pittsburgh

Consumers Invited to Check Out Always-On, High-Speed Internet Access Service This Saturday, Dec. 12

December 10, 1998

Media contact: Joan Rasmussen, Bell Atlantic
703-974-8815
Cherry Kinlaw, Compaq
281-514-0484
Suzanne Shelton, CompUSA
972-982-4181

NEW YORK -- Consumers are invited to CompUSA stores in Northern Virginia and Pittsburgh this Saturday, Dec. 12, to see demonstrations of Bell Atlantic Infospeedsm DSL, an always-on, high-speed Internet access service now available in the Washington, D.C., and Pittsburgh metropolitan areas.

The demonstrations will highlight the capabilities of Infospeed DSL using Compaq Presario Internet PCs. In addition, customers will be able to go online to determine if Infospeed DSL service is available in their neighborhood as well as order the service while they are shopping at CompUSA.

Infospeed DSL is Bell Atlantic's brand name for ADSL, or Asymmetric Digital Subscriber Line technology, which provides Internet access to consumers at speeds 11 to 126 times faster than a 56 kilobits per second (Kbps) modem. By taking advantage of unused capacity available in existing telephone lines, the technology allows consumers to use a single phone line to send faxes or make phone calls while they're surfing the Internet.

Bell Atlantic and Compaq representatives will be on hand at the demonstrations from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Vienna store at 8357 Leesburg Pike in the Tyson's Corner area and in the Pittsburgh store at 1165 McKinney Lane, Parkway Center Mall.

The Infospeed demonstrations will remain in the CompUSA stores after Saturday so customers have the opportunity to check out the service anytime and order while they are shopping at CompUSA. In the future, additional CompUSA stores will have similar demonstrations and customers will be able to order Infospeed DSL while they shop in the stores.

Bell Atlantic, CompUSA and Compaq Computer Corp. are working together to bring always-on, high-speed Internet access to the homes of thousands of Bell Atlantic customers. In addition to in-store displays, CompUSA will provide technical support services through the CompUSA Technology Call Center as well as sales support. And, in the future, CompUSA will provide high-speed Internet training powered by DSL and installation services. Selected Compaq Presario Internet PCs come factory-equipped with the Ethernet port necessary to provide Infospeed DSL service. Compaq is a leading supplier of home PCs offering consumers the best possible Internet computing experience with the fastest and easiest Internet access.

Bell Atlantic's entry-level package of DSL service and Internet access -- Bell Atlantic Personal Infospeed -- is $59.95 a month for unlimited use. Personal Infospeed features speeds up to 640 Kbps, with Bell Atlantic.net sm Internet access and a link to a special version of the Snap portal service that is designed for Bell Atlantic's high-speed users.

Pricing for Bell Atlantic's other two package options:

  • Bell Atlantic Professional Infospeed is $109.95 a month for unlimited use. Professional Infospeed features speeds up to 1.6 megabits per second (Mbps), with Bell Atlantic.net and the special Snap portal service.

  • Bell Atlantic Power Infospeed is $189.95 a month for unlimited use. Power Infospeed offers speeds up to 7.1 Mbps, with Bell Atlantic.net and the Snap portal.

Customers can choose the option that most closely meets their needs, subject to distance limitations.

Initial costs for the Bell Atlantic service packages during promotional periods are less than $149 - including the cost of setting up a connection and equipment, such as ADSL modems, needed to operate the service. To enjoy the full benefit of the promotions, customers must make a one-year commitment to Bell Atlantic.net and return the modem manufacturer's cash-back coupon for $50.

These costs include a $99 one-time network connection fee and - for Bell Atlantic.net subscribers - an ADSL modem for $99 (or $49 using a cash-back offer from Westell, the modem manufacturer) during the promotional period. Some additional equipment needed to connect with Infospeed, such as an Ethernet card or circuit board for desk-top computers, will be supplied at no charge to Bell Atlantic.net customers if they need it. Fees for inside wiring work and fees for a specialist to aid in the set-up of the person's at-home computer will also be waived for Bell Atlantic.net customers during promotional periods.

After installation is complete, Bell Atlantic technical support will be available to all Infospeed DSL customers, 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Finally, the service will come with a customer-care, money-back guarantee for all charges if a customer decides not to continue service within 30 days of installation.

Infospeed DSL service was launched Oct. 5 in the Pittsburgh and Washington, D.C. areas.

Customers can make a reservation for Bell Atlantic Infospeed DSL services today via the Bell Atlantic Web site at www.bellatlantic.com/infospeed or by calling 1- 877-525-ADSL. They also can preview Bell Atlantic's high-speed portal featuring Snap by visiting www.bellatlantic.net/infospeed.

Bell Atlantic is at the forefront of the new communications and information industry. With 42 million telephone access lines and eight 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 23 countries.

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