Bell Atlantic Volunteers Join the State of Maryland to Wire Schools for Access to the Internet

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September 27, 1996

Bell Atlantic Volunteers Join the State of Maryland to
Wire Schools for Access to the Internet

Company Donates Over $76,000 To Get Students On
The Information Superhighway

BALTIMORE, Md. - Over 150 Bell Atlantic volunteers will
set out this
weekend to wire schools throughout Maryland so students can cruise the
information superhighway.

During Maryland's Net Weekend, which runs September 27-29, Bell
Atlantic employees and retirees, along with hundreds of other
volunteers, will donate their time and talents to install computer
wiring networks inside over 500 public, private and alternative K-12
schools. These networks will connect the schools to the Internet.

"Net Weekend is a natural extension of Bell Atlantic's long-standing
commitment to improve the quality of education throughout our
region,"
said Daniel J.
Whelan
, president and CEO of Bell Atlantic - Maryland.
"Once connected to the Internet , Maryland students will have a vast
new resource at their fingertips, which will broaden their horizons
and make learning as creative and fun as a child's imagination."

In addition to organizing employee volunteers, Bell Atlantic -
Maryland has contributed over $76,000 in cash and in-kind services to
help cover expenses for the event.

Bell Atlantic also will offer Internet access to schools in the
Baltimore/Washington area free of charge for the first 30 days. Then
service will be discounted at $16.95 per month for unlimited usage.
As part of the package, Bell Atlantic will provide electronic mail, a
customized Netscape Navigator and prepackaged links to the best sites
on the World Wide Web. Any school interested in the service can call
1-800-NET-5235 for more information.

Bell Atlantic installers and wire systems engineers also will be on
hand at area schools to assist in the wiring process.

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.

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