Bell Atlantic.net Cuts Price of Infospeed DSL Package

Bell Atlantic.net Cuts Price of Infospeed DSL Package

Always-On Internet Access Gets More Affordable to Consumers Starting April 1

March 31, 1999

Media contact: Joan Rasmussen , 703-974-8815

RESTON, Va. -- Bell Atlantic.netsm will reduce the price of its entry-level package of high-speed DSL (digital subscriber line) service and Internet access by $10, starting April 1.

Customers who subscribe to the Bell Atlantic Personal Infospeedsm DSL package, which features speeds up to 640 kilobits per second (Kbps) and Bell Atlantic.net Internet access, now will pay $49.95 a month for unlimited use.

"We're accelerating the momentum for DSL by making high-quality, high- speed access to the Internet more affordable for consumers who want an always-on connection," said Myles Mendelsohn, vice president and general manager of Bell Atlantic Internet Solutions. "We're committed to offering our customers competitive pricing and a range of options to fit their individual needs."

In addition to the price cut for the entry-level DSL package, the price of Bell Atlantic.net's Professional DSL package will be reduced to $99.95 a month for unlimited use, a $10 reduction. Professional Infospeed features speeds up to 1.6 megabits per second (Mbps) and Bell Atlantic.net Internet access.

Bell Atlantic.net's premium DSL package, Bell Atlantic Power Infospeed, will remain at $189.95 a month for unlimited use with speeds up to 7.1 Mbps and Bell Atlantic.net Internet access.

Service Options Expanding, Macintosh Platforms Supported Bell Atlantic.net Infospeed users now have access to NBC and CNET's new Snap.com portal service, a content gateway service designed specifically for high-speed users, featuring outstanding rich-media content and services.

In addition, Bell Atlantic.net recently expanded availability of its Infospeed DSL packages to users of Macintosh* and Macintosh- compatible computers, in addition to the iMac*.

Bell Atlantic.net also is planning to expand service options for Infospeed DSL subscribers beginning this summer. Customer input will help determine which features will be added to the Bell Atlantic.net offerings. Services under consideration include multiple mail boxes, expanded personal Web space, support for home LANs (local area networks) and multiple IP (Internet protocol) addressing.

"We recognize there are many choices for Internet access and that's why we're striving to deliver the highest quality of service to our customers," said Mendelsohn. "We provide 24-hour service seven days a week, highly-trained service representatives and an extensive online help desk for questions about the Internet and Bell Atlantic.net. Our goal is to make it easy and convenient for our customers to do business with us."

Infospeed DSL is Bell Atlantic's brand name for ADSL, or Asymmetric Digital Subscriber Line technology, which provides Internet access to consumers at speeds 11 to 126 times faster than that afforded by a 56 kilobits per second (Kbps) modem. By taking advantage of unused capacity available in existing telephone lines, the technology allows consumers to use a single phone line to send faxes or make phone calls while they're surfing the Internet.

Infospeed DSL is available today in parts of the Washington, D.C., Pittsburgh and Philadelphia metropolitan areas and the Hudson River waterfront communities of New Jersey. It will be offered to residents of the New York City and Boston metropolitan areas beginning this spring. By the end of 1999, always-on Infospeed DSL service will be deployed in communities with more than 8 million households in Bell Atlantic's service area.

Customers can check on availability of DSL in their area and make a reservation for Bell Atlantic Infospeed DSL services today via the Bell Atlantic Web site at www.bellatlantic.com/infospeed or by calling 1-877- 525-ADSL.

Bell Atlantic Internet Solutions offers fast, easy and affordable Internet access from the home or a small business. Customers of Bell Atlantic.net enjoy Internet connections that are among the fastest and most reliable in the country, according to Inverse Network Technology, an independent research service. Bell Atlantic Internet Solutions provides support of dial-up access using 56-kilobit modems, Integrated Services Digital Network (ISDN) technology and the Bell Atlantic Infospeed family of products powered by Digital Subscriber Line (DSL) technology. Information on Bell Atlantic Internet Solutions is available at http://www.bellatlantic.net.

Bell Atlantic is at the forefront of the new communications and information industry. With more than 42 million telephone access lines and 8.6 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.


*Trademark of Apple Computer, Inc.

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