Bell Atlantic Ready to Help Furloughed Federal Workers

January 4, 1996

Bell Atlantic Ready to Help Furloughed Federal Workers

In a White House briefing yesterday, President Clinton said that some federal workers have had their phones cut off as a result of the federal budget impasse. We do not know to which phone company he was referring. We would, however, like to make clear Bell Atlantic's policy on payments and how it affects federal employees who are our customers.

Bell Atlantic does not suspend service for customers who regularly pay their bills, but are temporarily unable to make payments due to unusual financial circumstances. At any time, we are willing to discuss payment arrangements with customers to help them get through difficult times.

We recognize that federal workers, including thousands who are our customers in the Washington, D.C. area and throughout the mid-Atlantic region, are dealing with an extraordinary situation because they are not being paid. We encourage federal employees who are having trouble meeting their bills to contact their local Bell Atlantic business office.


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