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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 19, 1996
BELL ATLANTIC - PENNSYLVANIA LAUNCHES INTERNET
Philadelphia, Pa. -- Customers interested in researching
the latest information on new developments at Bell Atlantic -
Pennsylvania need look no further than their desktop computer, as the
company launched its own Internet home page today.
The site, located at http://www.bell-atl.com/ba-pa, is an
educational tool for all Pennsylvanians. It shows customers where to
turn for information on products and services, gives them an address
where they can contact Bell Atlantic - Pennsylvania via cyberspace, and
provides facts on the company's leadership. Information on key
activities and policy positions can be viewed by clicking on one of four
categories: "Advancing Education," "Building the
Economy," "Fostering Competition," and "Improving
"The telecommunications landscape in Pennsylvania is changing at the
speed of light," said William Harral, president
- Bell Atlantic - Pennsylvania. "Our new home page helps guide
customers through those changes and demonstrates how we are responding to
community needs in a competitive environment."
Internet users will be able to access the site 24 hours a day, at their
convenience. They can browse, read, or print out sections for their own
Described in the "Advancing
Education," section are a number of innovative
telecommunications and distance learning projects supported by Bell
Atlantic - Pennsylvania that improve available educational resources.
Bell Atlantic - Pennsylvania grants have supported several efforts,
including those at the Pennsylvania Department of Education, the School
District of Philadelphia, the Free Library of Philadelphia, and the
Carnegie Library in Pittsburgh.
The changing telecommunications environment is the focus of information
in the "Fostering
Competition" section. It discusses telecommunications
regulations, how increasing competition affects telephone rates, and
potential changes in Pennsylvania area codes to provide more phone
numbers as the supply of numbers is rapidly exhausted.
the Economy" section discusses Bell Atlantic - Pennsylvania
projects designed to help local communities and stimulate economic
development within the Commonwealth.
Bell Atlantic initiatives to improve medical care, particularly in rural
areas, are included in the "Improving Health
Care," section. Through a number of partnerships and grants,
the company has provided funds to establish electronic telemedicine
networks, improve health care education, and renovate a community
hospital emergency center.
In addition to the site dedicated to the Pennsylvania company, Bell
Atlantic also offers a corporate home page, where it posts general
corporate information, information for residential and business customers
on Bell Atlantic products and services, and headlines and news concerning
Bell Atlantic. The address of the corporate home page is http://www.bell-atl.com.
The Internet is a worldwide network of networks that current has over 30
million users. A "home page" is the name given to a particular
Internet site that can be accessed using a computer and a telephone line.
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 communication 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.
- Sharon Shaffer, 215-963-6200
Shirley Risoldi, 412-633-3423