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

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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


Phil Santoro,
Larry Plumb ,

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

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 To learn more about
Bell Atlantic's new Web hosting solutions visit

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

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


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

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

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