Bell Atlantic Expands High-Speed Internet Access to Businesses in New York Metropolitan Area and Eastern Massachusetts

Bell Atlantic Expands High-Speed Internet Access to Businesses in New York Metropolitan Area and Eastern Massachusetts

Company Offers Competitive Prices, Industry Leading Service Level Guarantee and 24-Hour Customer Care

June 16, 1999

Media contact: Maureen Flanagan, 212-395-3519

NEW YORK -- Businesses, schools and governments in New York and Boston now can turn to Bell Atlantic for high-speed, affordable Internet access service.

Bell Atlantic's Data Solutions Group is offering Internet connections for business customers in these markets. The company plans to roll out the service throughout the remainder of its Northeast region by the end of 2000.

Bell Atlantic has been offering mass market Internet access, business Internet access and Web services to customers in the mid- Atlantic region since 1996.

Bell Atlantic is offering three types of high-speed Internet connections--Frame Relay, Private Line and Asynchronous Transfer Mode (ATM)--to provide business customers with maximum flexibility and choice. All three options ride on Bell Atlantic's high-speed, redundant backbone network. A technical support help desk is available around the clock for the services.

"Bell Atlantic's services provide effective and affordable solutions that meet the Internet needs of business," said Joe Farina, president and chief executive officer of Bell Atlantic's Data Solutions Group. "We have designed our Internet network from scratch to meet the toughest requirements of our business customers."

In a separate announcement, Bell Atlantic today introduced its new Managed Virtual Private Network (VPN) Service to enable businesses to create intranets and extranets over Bell Atlantic's IP (Internet protocol) network or the Internet. By offering Managed VPN via its own high-speed Internet access connections, the Data Solutions Group is able to deliver higher quality service and ensure tighter management of the service level agreements that customers require.

Included at no extra charge with Bell Atlantic's high-speed Internet solutions are: domain name registration; domain name services; Internet addresses; mail relay services; service level agreements (SLAs) and technical support 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Optional services include Usenet news group access, electronic mail, security and firewall solutions, network management reports, and the installation of any data communications equipment that might be needed.

Dedicated Internet Access Services at 1.5 megabits per second (Mbps) for a typical business located two miles from one of Bell Atlantic's Internet access nodes costs about $1,400 a month. This price includes both transport and Internet access charges. There is a one-time, set-up fee of $500. Solutions ranging from 56 kilobits per second (Kbps) to 155 Mbps are available, all delivered over a Cisco Powered Network.*

"Effective use of the Internet is now a competitive necessity for all types and sizes of businesses," said Joe DiPeppe, senior product manager, Dedicated Internet Access Service for the Data Solutions Group. "Bell Atlantic's Data Solutions Group provides a complete suite of Internet services and capabilities to aid businesses in getting online -- from transport and access to equipment and value-added services."

A Network Customers Can Count On

The Data Solutions Group is building a series of reliable Internet networks throughout its region, which stretches from Maine to Virginia. The networks -- designed and engineered for business-grade Internet traffic -- can easily expand to handle new and growing business customers. Each network component has been engineered for redundancy, including multiple routers, switches and circuits.

The networks can detect problems and instantly reroute data traffic to alternate switches and backup circuits without any interruption to service. In the unlikely event of a service outage of more than 30 minutes within a 24-hour period, customers will be credited for the equivalent of one full day of service.

High-Speed Access Comes in Three Flavors

From e-commerce to e-mail, Web marketing to virtual private networking, Bell Atlantic will work with customers to determine which high-speed Internet connection best fits the needs of their business. The company is offering the following options:

Frame Relay Internet Access
Frame Relay Internet connections deliver dedicated access at speeds from 56 Kbps to 1.5 Mbps with no dialing, no setup and no waiting. Frame Relay is among the most reliable, cost-effective ways to support a number of wide area network applications including: Internet access; low-to-moderate volume Web sites; ongoing, two-way connectivity between local data networks; fast access to Internet e-mail and newsgroups, and multimedia presentations and video.

Private Line Internet Access
Private Line Internet Access is ideal for businesses that require guaranteed bandwidth to handle a relatively predictable, high-volume of traffic between a company's location and the Internet. This access option provides speeds that range from 56 Kbps to 45 Mbps. Pricing for Private Line service is based on distance from the nearest Data Solutions Group Bell Atlantic facility.

Bell Atlantic's ATM/Cell Relay Internet Connection provides a dedicated, turbo-charged connection to the Internet at speeds ranging from 384 Kbps to 155 Mbp-- one of the fastest Internet transport option in the industry. ATM Internet Access is flexible enough to support voice, video and data over the same network. And secure enough to provide reliable transport for a company's mission critical applications such as payroll, billing and e-commerce.

About Bell Atlantic Data Solutions Group
Bell Atlantic Data Solutions Group (DSG) www.ba-dsg.com is dedicated to providing globally integrated network solutions that seamlessly connect businesses with their customers, partners and employees. DSG provides all aspects of data networking from the management and operation of customer networks and network integration, to network transport and advanced IP services such as intranets and extranets, virtual private networks, web hosting and multimedia services.

About Bell Atlantic
Bell Atlantic is at the forefront of the new communications and information industry. With 43 million telephone access lines and nine 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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