11.15.1999|Corporate

Maine Approves Bell Atlantic - GTE Merger

Maine Approves Bell Atlantic - GTE Merger

November 15, 1999

Media contact: Bob Varettoni, Bell Atlantic
212-395-2283Bob Bishop, GTE
202-463-5206

AUGUSTA, Maine -- The Maine Public Utilities Commission today approved the merger of Bell Atlantic and GTE.

This latest approval leaves only five states reviewing the merger, along with the Federal Communications Commission. The U.S. Department of Justice has given its clearance, as have shareholders of the two companies. The merger also has received endorsements from the AFL-CIO, the Communications Workers of America, the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, the League of United Latin American Citizens, Rainbow/PUSH Coalition, the Organization of Chinese-Americans, and many business and community leaders from areas served by Bell Atlantic and GTE.

"We are pleased that, as in other states, the benefits of this merger have been recognized," said Ed Dinan, president of Bell Atlantic - Maine. "We look forward to bringing these benefits to our customers."

The five remaining states are California, Hawaii, Ohio, Virginia and Washington. Additional information is available on the World Wide Web at www.ba.com or www.gte.com.

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