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February 7, 1996


Arlington, VA -- Students and faculty at Capitol College of
- the state's premier provider of telecommunications engineering
technology programs -- soon will be able to remotely access the
college's library and information resources as the result of a
multimedia project launched today by Bell Atlantic and Capitol

Capitol College pioneered the first degree program in the nation for
telecommunications engineering technology in 1983. The college offers
an array of programs in information age disciplines such as
telecommunications engineering, computer engineering, electrical
engineering and telecommunications systems management.

The project, called the Bell Atlantic Multimedia Distribution Hub, is
sponsored by a $100,000 grant from the Bell Atlantic Foundation. It
will be the heart of the college's primary information and resource
center located in the library at its main campus in Laurel, Md.

"The state of Maryland is at the forefront of the collaboration of
education and information technology," said Dan Whelan, president
CEO of Bell Atlantic-Maryland. "This is a natural complement to
Maryland's distance learning network, which we believe is already the
best in the world."

Using the Multimedia Distribution Hub, Capitol College students will
be able to remotely access a multimedia resource center, the Internet,
and other on-line services. Students at Montgomery College and Charles
County Community College who "attend" upper-level engineering
technology courses at Capitol College through distance learning
networks also will have the ability to remotely access these learning
resources, as will students who attend Capitol College graduate
schools in New Jersey and Virginia.

"We're delighted that we are able to use today's leading-edge
telecommunications technology to provide multimedia educational
services to the next generation of telecommunications engineers,"
Pat Coulter, president of the Bell Atlantic Foundation.

The Bell Atlantic Multimedia Distribution Hub will be accessible on a
dial-up basis from remote sites and will include a dedicated line for
Internet access.

"This generous contribution from the Bell Atlantic Foundation will
give our students - the next generation of Information Age engineers
-- access to invaluable learning resources," said G. William
president of Capitol College. "Traditional boundaries to accessing
information will be obsolete as resources will be available on-line,
24 hours a day," he added.

In addition to providing on-line access to library resources, the Bell
Atlantic Multimedia Distribution Hub will enable students and faculty
to communicate electronically and register for classes remotely. The
project is scheduled for completion in late 1996.

Capitol College offers degree programs in computer engineering
technology, electrical engineering, electronics engineering
technology, telecommunications engineering technology, management of
telecommunications systems, systems management and information and
telecommunications systems management.

Bell Atlantic Corporation (NYSE: BEL) is at the forefront of the new
communications, entertainment and information industry. In the
mid-Atlantic region, the company is the premier provider of local
telecommunications and advanced services. Globally, it is one of the
largest investors in the high-growth wireless communications
marketplace. Bell Atlantic also owns a substantial interest in
Telecom Corporation of New Zealand and is actively developing
high-growth national and international business opportunities in all
phases of the industry.


for more information, contact:

    Melissa Andrews, Bell Atlantic, 703-974-7576

    Bart Duerr, Capitol College, 301-369-2800 x3095

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