Bell Atlantic Deploys Fiber Optics, Electronics, Bringing Additional Advanced Technology to Lancaster County

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Bell Atlantic Deploys Fiber Optics, Electronics, Bringing Additional
Advanced Technology to Lancaster County

Company Invests $850,000 to Expand, Upgrade Local
Telephone Network

November 30, 1999

Media
contact:

Ells Edwards,
302-576-5340

Sharon Shaffer,
215-963-6200

LANDISVILLE, Pa. -- Bell Atlantic has upgraded a remote call-
switching facility in the community of Landisville as part of an $850,000
project to modernize the local telephone network and provide advanced
telecommunications services to its customers.

The newly installed optical switching module routes calls to their
destinations and will help eliminate delays for customers who use home
computers to connect to the Internet. The new equipment will also
provide increased capacity in Bell Atlantic's telecommunications network
to serve the work-at-home market. Construction was completed Nov. 14.

"This project is the latest evidence that Bell Atlantic is meeting our
commitment to deliver a state-of-the-art telecommunications network
throughout Pennsylvania," said Daniel J. Whelan, president of Bell
Atlantic - Pennsylvania. "We are accelerating our construction schedules
to provide rural and urban customers with high-speed access to the
Internet, work-at-home capabilities, as well as a host of other innovative
advanced services."

  • Annual spending on the Pennsylvania network nearly doubled
    from $539 million in 1995 to more than $961 million in 1998.

  • Miles of fiber-optic cable in the commonwealth increased by 66
    percent from 474,450 in 1995 to 786,106 at the end of 1998.

  • Percentage of digital call-routing switches will be 100 percent by
    the end of the year 2000, having grown from 90.3 percent in 1995
    to 96 percent at the end of 1998.

  • Bell Atlantic Infospeedsm DSL was launched in Pennsylvania in
    October, 1998. Infospeed DSL is a secure, high-speed, always-on
    Internet access services that enables consumers to connect to
    cyberspace at speeds up to 100 times faster than today's fastest
    analog modems.

"Bell Atlantic is keeping its promises to Pennsylvania," Whelan said.
"We are building and enhancing a public telecommunications network in
Pennsylvania that is the finest in the world and is a vital part of the
commonwealth's economic infrastructure.

In addition to deploying the latest technology, Bell Atlantic has spent tens
of millions of dollars to open Pennsylvania's local telephone market to
competition.

"We have irreversibly opened our markets to competition," Whelan said.
"We can't force the long distance giants or anyone else to compete here,
but anyone who genuinely wants to enter our markets can do so."

Bell Atlantic is at the forefront of the new communications and
information industry. With more than 43 million telephone access lines
and more than 10 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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