Philadelphians Can Now Reach The Internet Using Bell, A Dial-up Internet Access Service

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September 11, 1996

Philadelphians Can Now Reach The Internet
Using Bell, A Dial-up Internet Access Service

First Time Subscribers To Bell
Given 30 Days Free Unlimited Access(1)

Bell Atlantic Also Offers Internet Access Services And Web Services
For Large Businesses

PHILADELPHIA -- Bell, a dial-up
Internet access service, is now available to consumers and businesses in
the Philadelphia metropolitan area. For a limited time, Bell Atlantic
will offer new subscribers 30 days of free, unlimited Internet access.

Bell makes using the Internet as easy as making a
phone call. In anticipation of extending the service to Philadelphia,
nearly 350 Philadelphia-related Web sites have been added to the
service's simple-to-use navigation and information directories. These
directories link customers to useful resources, events, organizations
and services in their local community, so they can plan a week-end
vacation, research day care options or find information useful in running
a small businesses. Bell also provides easy
access to the best of global resources, places and information in
hundreds of interest areas.

"There are hundreds of interesting and informative Web sites right
in our own backyards," said Bob Beran, president - Bell
Atlantic Internet Solutions. "Bell subscribers
--whether experienced users or novices --will find our service gives them
easy access to this local information, as well as to thousands of other
global sites on the Internet."

features the Netscape Navigator* browser and will add the Microsoft
**Internet Explorer browser later in the year, to provide increased
customer choice. Bell subscribers will also have
access to Cyber Patrol***, a tool that enables parents to manage and
control their children's Internet access, at a sharply discounted rate.
Communications services for staying in touch with family, friends and
colleagues are also readily accessible, including e-mail, chat and
newsgroups. The service includes superior customer service and technical
support available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, with the high
reliability customers have come to expect from Bell Atlantic.

Designed to meet both personal and business needs, Bell
will help business users find information and resources
to start, run and/or grow their business. It will provide access to news,
market, networking and technology information necessary for a business to
stay competitive. Communication among workers, suppliers and customers
will also be simplified.

The price for Bell is as low as $19.95 per month
for unlimited access, depending on the customer's choice of Global
Service Provider (GSP). The fee for a Global Service Provider, a company
providing the interexchange portion of the service, can run as low as $2
a month for unlimited access. There also is a yearly plan and an hourly
plan for Bell The yearly plan enables customers
to realize a monthly savings of eight percent by signing up for one year
of unlimited access. Under the hourly plan, users can pay as low as
$6.95 a month for five hours (depending on the GSP chosen), plus $1.95
for each additional hour.

The above rates apply for both analog modem access and ISDN (Integrated
Services Digital Network)
access. ISDN, which is available to virtually
every Bell Atlantic telephone subscriber, provides dial-up connection to
the Internet that is ten times faster than the typical modem dial up

The minimum system requirements for Bell are a 386
Intel-equipped, IBM-compatible PC, 8 megabytes of memory, 6 megabytes of
free hard disk space, a14.4 kilobits per second modem, and a three and
one-half inch floppy disk drive. Bell currently
works with Microsoft Windows** 3.1, 3.11 and Windows 95**. An Apple****
Macintosh**** version of the software will be available shortly.

Customers interested in ordering a free copy of Bell
software and subscribing to Bell Atlantic's Internet
access service can call 1-800-NET-2026. They will receive a copy of
software within two weeks of placing their order. For more information on
the service, customers can visit the company's Web site at For
information regarding Bell Atlantic's ISDN Internet service, customers
can call Bell Atlantic InfoSpeed on 1-800-204-7332.

Internet Services for Businesses Available

Bell Atlantic has also announced that high-speed, dedicated Internet
access services and Web services that enable businesses and governments
to establish a presence on the World Wide Web are now available in

Dedicated business access services are offered with a choice of speeds,
ranging from 56 kilobits per second to 34 megabits per second. Web
services include Web site production, hosting and security services.
Bell Atlantic also offers consulting and network integration services
that provide expert aid to business and other large organizations that
require support in the planning, design, procurement and management of
their Internet connections and presence.

Bell Atlantic Internet
Solutions, Inc.
, is a new unit of Bell Atlantic created to develop
and deliver a full range of Internet services to businesses, governments
and consumers -- from Internet access to electronic mail to World Wide
Web site production and hosting.

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.

    * Trademark of Netscape Communications Corp.
    ** Trademark of Microsoft Corp.
    *** Trademark of Microsystems Software, Inc.
    **** Trademark of Apple Computer, Inc.

1-- Excluding Global Service Provider charge


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