Bell Atlantic Integrates's Consumer and Merchant Services To Enhance BigYellow Online Shopping Directory

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Bell Atlantic Integrates's
Consumer and Merchant Services To Enhance
Online Shopping Directory

Dec. 13, 1999


Phil Santoro,
Bell Atlantic

(978) 762-1326
Joni Hanson,

(425) 602-0600, ext. 552
Minou Nguyen,
Text 100 Public Relations

(206) 381-3791, ext. 138

MIDDLETON, Mass. -- BigYellow®, one of the nation's leading online
Yellow Pages shopping services, with the help of,
(NASDAQ: INSP), a leading provider of infrastructure services for
consumers, merchants and wireless devices, has re-launched its popular
Find People service.

Bell Atlantic has selected to provide its advanced
consumer and local information technology to create a more enhanced,
residential listings database complete with online shopping capabilities.

BigYellow's Find People service has doubled its listings to 200 million
people, strengthened its search capability and integrated a local shopping
feature. Now, BigYellow users can find nearly every publicly listed name,
address and phone number in the United States and those of residents in
Canada, United Kingdom, Austria, Belgium, Denmark, France, Germany,
Italy, Luxembourg, and Spain. More countries will be added soon.

Even if users don't know exactly what community the person they are
looking for lives in, BigYellow's Find People service now searches nearby
cities and towns. Once users find the person they are looking for, they are
provided with a map of the community, the local weather, and even a list
of community events and concerts. Users of the Find People service also
are provided with local Yellow Pages listings and information for
businesses such as airports, car rentals, department stores, hotels, movie
theaters, restaurants and taxis.

"The addition of these services to BigYellow will enable us to
provide our customers with more targeted, local information and more
online shopping opportunities," said Michael Souder, vice president,
Bell Atlantic Electronic Commerce Services. "
provides us with comprehensive services to help advance our leadership
role in the online shopping directory industry."

"This agreement is a prime example of's ability to
offer advanced consumer and merchant services to an industry leader like
Bell Atlantic," said Naveen Jain, chairman and CEO of"

About Bell Atlantic
Bell Atlantic Directory Group is one of the world's largest publishers of
print and online shopping directories, connecting buyers and sellers in the
U.S. and China, the Czech Republic, Gibraltar, Greece, Poland and the
Slovak Republic. It is also a leading provider of Web creation, hosting,
and shopping services, including Web@OnceSM site creation services and
BigYellow®. BigYellow, combined with GTE SuperPagesTM, is the
leading shopping directory on the Internet and is the exclusive online
Yellow Pages services for the nearly 18 million members of the America
Online Service,, and AOL's Digital Cities. BigYellow also is
the exclusive online Yellow Pages shopping directory for

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 one of 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.

About, Inc. is a leading global Internet information infrastructure
company. provides infrastructure services to consumers,
merchants and wireless devices.'s affiliate network
consists of more than 2,100 Web sites. The Company's affiliates include
AOL, Microsoft, Disney/InfoSeek's GO Network, NBC's Snap, Lycos,
go2net Inc., DoubleClick, Dow Jones (The Wall Street Journal Interactive
Edition) and ABC LocalNet, among others. In addition, the Company
provides services to a network of wireless Internet devices including PCs,
cellular phones, pages, screen telephones, television set-top boxes, online
kiosks, and personal digital assistants. These include relationships with
Acer America, AT&T Wireless, Nokia, Nextel, Sprint, Mitsui, Lucent and

This release contains forward-looking statements relating to the
development of the Company's products and services and future operating
results, including statements regarding the expansion of its e-commerce
offerings, that are subject to certain risks and uncertainties that could
cause actual results to differ materially from those projected. The words
"believe," "expect," "intend,"
"anticipate," variations of such words, and similar
expressions identify forward-looking statements, but their absence does
not mean that the statement is not forward-looking. These statements are
not guarantees of future performance and are subject to certain risks,
uncertainties and assumptions that are difficult to predict. Factors that
could affect the Company's actual results include the progress and costs of
the development of our products and services and the timing of market
acceptance of those products and services. A more detailed description of
certain factors that could affect actual results include, but are not limited
to, those discussed in the Company's final prospectus dated Dec. 15, 1998,
in the section entitled "Risk Factors." Readers are cautioned
not to place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements, which
speak only as of the date of this release. The Company undertakes no
obligation to update publicly any forward-looking statements to reflect
new information, events or circumstances after the date of this release or
to reflect the occurrence of unanticipated events.

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