11.18.1998|Corporate

Bell Atlantic Invites Online Businesses to Sign Up and 'Move In'

Bell Atlantic Invites Online Businesses to Sign Up and 'Move In'

Company Lowers Entry-Level Price for Web Hosting, Adds E-Commerce Capabilities, and Can Drive Traffic to Web Sites

November 18, 1998

Media contact: Phil Santoro, 978-762-1326
Larry Plumb , 703-295-4360

RESTON, Va. -- Companies will find a receptive home for their Internet sites when they sign-up for Bell Atlantic's Web hosting services at http://www.baweb.com.

Bell Atlantic has lowered its entry-level price for Web hosting to $45 per month, and will waiver the one time set-up charge of $50 during promotional periods. The company also has added a host of new electronic commerce and multimedia capabilities that enable companies to conduct business on the World Wide Web and create compelling environments for their clientele.

In addition, Bell Atlantic has automated the set-up process so clients now can sign-up for the service entirely on-line. Within hours after signing, they can have a viewable site on the Web.

Companies with Bell Atlantic-hosted Web sites now can enrich those sites by equipping them to respond with real-time, or "streaming," video and audio communications to Web surfers who "hit" a site. They also can embed on-line catalogues within their sites and enable Internet surfers to shop and pay for purchases in a secure environment.

"Bell Atlantic knows small businesses are extremely cost conscious and that they prefer simple, one-stop solutions," said Mike Souder, executive director for Electronic Commerce, Bell Atlantic Internet Solutions.

"By choosing Bell Atlantic, they get a feature-rich, cost-effective Web hosting solution using state-of-the-art technologies such as CyberCash and SSL servers from an established, trusted company. Once their site is online, businesses can use the Web to appeal to wider audiences via online advertising provided by Bell Atlantic's BigYellow(sm)

, the nation's leading online shopping directory," Souder said.

Bell Atlantic already hosts Web sites for thousands of clients, supporting both businesses using off-the-shelf Web site creation tools and businesses hiring consultants or small Web design agencies to create their sites. Bell Atlantic offers Web-site creation services for businesses that need such assistance, and it provides a complete range of consumer and business Internet access services.

Bell Atlantic's Web hosting services come in three different plans for $45, $65 or $85 a month. All plans feature customized Web addresses (domain names), e-mail capabilities, Web usage statistics, 24-hour/7-days-a-week, toll-free technical support, a 99.9 percent up-time guarantee and the ability to edit Web sites from any location, at any time of day or night. The three plans support different sizes of Web sites, data transfer rates and degrees of multimedia and e-commerce capability. (Editors note: see attached chart for details.)

For information on Bell Atlantic Internet Solutions or its Internet products call 1 (800) 252-8444, or visit www.bellatlantic.net. To learn more about Bell Atlantic's new Web hosting solutions visit www.baweb.com.

For information on BigYellow, published by Bell Atlantic Electronic Commerce Services, Inc., call 1(888) BIG-YELLOW, or visit www.bigyellow.com.

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.

Fact Sheet

Bell Atlantic Web Hosting Services: Selected Options and Features

Pricing

Plan 1 Plan 2 Plan 3 Recurring monthly fee $45 $65 $85 One time set-up fee* $50 $50 $50 Technical Features Data transfer support (Megabytes per month) 600 2000 3000 Disk space (Megabytes per month) 20 30 50 POP3 Mailboxes 5 10 20 E-mail forwarding options 10 20 30 E-mail auto-responder options 10 20 30 Common Gateway Interface (CGI) Programming Capabilities Support via CGI local directory n/a YES YES Support for Perl, C, Unix SH, KSH, CSH, Java, Python n/a YES YES Excite** search engine support n/a YES YES Real-time chat n/a YES YES Multimedia Support TrueSpeech** YES YES YES Midi file support YES YES YES RealAudio** n/a n/a YES RealVideo** n/a n/a YES Electronic Commerce Capabilities SSL secure server n/a n/a YES Shopping Cart program n/a n/a YES CyberCash** support n/a n/a YES Database Capabilities mSQL data base support n/a n/a YES MySQL data base support n/a n/a YES

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*Set-up fee is waived during promotional periods. **Brand names may be service marks or trademarks of their respective companies.

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