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Bell Atlantic Receives Corporate Award of the Year From Philadelphia's Minority Enterprise Council

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Bell Atlantic Receives Corporate Award of the
From Philadelphia's Minority Enterprise

Company Cited for 'Outstanding Track Record' in
Goods and Services from Minority-Owned Businesses

October 6, 1999


Sharon Shaffer,

PHILADELPHIA -- The Minority Business Enterprise Council of the
City of Philadelphia today presented Bell Atlantic with the Corporate
Award of the Year, citing the company for its "outstanding track
record" in purchasing goods and services from minority-owned
businesses throughout the nation.

"This is a great honor for Bell Atlantic," said Daniel Whelan,
president and CEO of Bell Atlantic-Pennsylvania, who accepted the award
at a luncheon at the Wanamaker Building. "We are committed to
increasing the diversity of our suppliers and building relationships with
minority-owned businesses because it is the right thing to do and because
it is good for business.

"Minority-owned businesses tend to be entrepreneurial. They have
fresh approaches and innovative ideas that are instrumental in enabling
Bell Atlantic to fulfill its mission to care for customers, anticipate their
needs and provide them with outstanding service."

As part of a partnership agreement between Bell Atlantic and the U.S.
Small Business Administration, the company is committed to spending a
total of $1.8 billion this year and next on direct purchases and
subcontracting from businesses owned by minorities and women.

Bell Atlantic is at the forefront of the new communications and
information industry. With more than 43 million telephone access lines
and 10 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.