Charlotte Mecklenburg Police Department and Bell Atlantic Mobile Team Up to Fight Crime

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Charlotte Mecklenburg Police Department and Bell Atlantic Mobile Team Up to Fight Crime

Reid Park Community Watch Receives 10 Donated Wireless
Phones

January 11, 2000

Media
contact:

Brian Chandler,
704.332.2030

Chris Wetherell,
704.672.1620

CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Bell Atlantic Mobile teamed up today with the
Charlotte Mecklenburg Police Department and the Reid Park community
to fight crime by donating 10 wireless phones to neighborhood watch
block captains.

Chris Felix, sales director for Bell Atlantic Mobile, was joined by City
Councilman Patrick Cannon and CMPD Officer Chris Wetherell to
announce the donation of 10 wireless phones. Provided through the
company's "Wireless at Work..." program, the phones will
allow community watch block captains to quickly dial 9-1-1 and access
emergency, police or medical attention.

"Reid Park has been working to improve neighborhood safety
through community watch programs for several years," Cannon said.
"With this teaming of block captains, the Charlotte Mecklenburg
Police Department and Bell Atlantic Mobile, we will be even closer to our
goal."

Reid Park began its community watch program several years ago to
increase safety in the community. A recent study by UNC Charlotte on the
quality of inner-city life finds Reid Park to be a stable neighborhood, but
with a crime rate of 2.5 times the city average. The community is also one
of six neighborhoods in Charlotte that will benefit from $32 million in
bonds for infrastructure improvements such as new roads and water/sewer.

"Bell Atlantic Mobile's wireless phones will be a great tool in
helping increase neighborhood safety in Reid Park," Wetherell said.
"This partnership helps us build problem solving partnerships with
our citizens to prevent the next crime and enhance the quality of life
throughout our communities."

Since 1996, Bell Atlantic Mobile's "Wireless at Work..."
community service program has donated almost 450 phones, airtime and
600 HopeLine® wireless voice mail boxes in the Southeast to aid
neighborhood watch programs, victims of domestic violence and homeless
shelters.

"Bell Atlantic Mobile values its role in providing our wireless
technology to benefit the communities we live and work in," Felix
said. "We're glad our wireless phones can be used to help increase
public safety in Reid Park. The hope is that these phones will not have to
be used often to report emergencies, but when help is needed, the
neighborhood can rest assured that help will be on the way."

Bell Atlantic Mobile owns and operates the largest wireless network in the East and
systems in the Southwest, covering 216,000 square miles, and the largest chain of retail
outlets devoted exclusively to wireless voice, data and paging. Based in Bedminster, NJ,
Bell Atlantic Mobile has 7.3 million customers and 8,800 employees from Maine to
Georgia and in parts of Arizona, New Mexico and west Texas. Through its
"Wireless at Work..." community service program, the company uses its
technology to help individuals and communities improve security and emergency
communications. Bell Atlantic Mobile's parent, Bell Atlantic Corporation (NYSE:BEL)
is one of the world's largest wireless communications companies, with domestic
operations in 25 states and international investments in Mexico, Europe and the Pacific
Rim. For more information on Bell Atlantic Mobile visit: www.bam.com; on global
operations visit: www.bellatlantic.com/worldwide.

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