Bell Atlantic Reminds Customers That Y2K
Is Fiction -- Not Fact
Company Says Its Network Is Ready for the Year 2000
November 19, 1999
BACKGROUND -- NBC plans to air a movie titled "Y2K"
that depicts widespread chaos and damage caused by the millennium date
change on Jan. 1, 2000. The following response should be attributed to
SKIP PATTERSON, executive director of Bell Atlantic's Year 2000
"The movie is only entertainment, perhaps inspired by H. G. Welles'
'War of the Worlds', but it's important to remember that it is fiction - not
reality. In fact, Bell Atlantic's network and systems are ready for the Year
"After three years of preparation and thorough testing of our
systems, we are very confident that phones will ring, calls will go through
and data and voice messages will be transmitted.
"We're reassuring customers that it's not necessary to make test calls
around midnight on New Years' Eve.