New Bell Atlantic Yellow and White Pages for Binghamton Feature E-mail, Web Site Listings for First Time

New Bell Atlantic Yellow and White Pages for Binghamton Feature E-mail, Web Site Listings for First Time

South Washington Street Bridge Selected for Cover Illustration

June 9, 1998

Media contact:Stephanie Hobbs, 703-289-0607

FALLS CHURCH, Va. -- Bell Atlantic's 1998-99 Yellow and White Pages for Binghamton, N.Y. contain new and innovative Internet-related features. Nearly 200,000 copies of the new directories will be delivered to Binghamton businesses and residences during the next several weeks.

For the first time in the Binghamton region, Yellow Pages listings feature an optional extra line for e-mail and Web site addresses in response to growing use of the Internet. Industry analysts report that 50 percent of all U.S. companies have Web sites. The e-mail and Web site listings complement Bell Atlantic's BigYellowSM, the nation's leading online shopping directory.

"The Bell Atlantic directories for Binghamton provide our customers and advertisers with local information and services that allow for global access, such as the Internet," says Mary Jo Howe, vice president of Bell Atlantic Directory Services.

The cover of the new Binghamton directory features an illustration of the South Washington Street Bridge, built in 1886. The bridge, owned and maintained by the city of Binghamton, recently reopened as a pedestrian and bicycle crossing over the Susquehanna River. The newly renovated South Washington Street Bridge connects pedestrian traffic from the city's downtown business district to the residential and business district on the south side of the river. The bridge is notable due to its unique parabolic truss design, and is one of the last of its kind in the United States. In 1978, the bridge was placed on the National Register of Historic Places.

The directory cover illustrator is artist Mary Lynn Blasutta, of New Paltz, N.Y. Her illustrations are featured on Bell Atlantic's 500 directories in 13 states and Washington, D.C.

Bell Atlantic is the world's largest publisher of Yellow Pages shopping directories.

Bell Atlantic is at the forefront of the new communications and information industry. With more than 41 million telephone access lines and 6.7 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 22 countries.

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