FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 19, 1996
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 Health Care."
"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 use.
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 "Building 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