Bell Atlantic Response to State Approval of New Area Codes in New Jersey

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Bell Atlantic Response to State Approval of New Area
Codes in New Jersey

October 23, 1996

Media contacts:

Tim Ireland (201) 649-2279
timothy.ireland@bell-atl.com

The following statement may be attributed to Len J. Lauer,
President and CEO,
Bell Atlantic- New
Jersey.

As we have said repeatedly, we believe that a geographic
split is more
costly and more disruptive for customers than the alternative of a new
area code overlay. We predict the Board will be faced with this
decision again in a few more years, sooner than would have been the
case if an overlay had been chosen.

We at Bell Atlantic will do all we can to help the thousands of New
Jersey customers who will have to change their phone numbers as a result
of this decision. We will offer a comprehensive education campaign to
help keep confusion and disruption at a minimum. We hope the
competitors who fought so hard for this solution will join us in that
effort.

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