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Phones Ring, Systems Working, Bell Atlantic Reports

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Phones Ring, Systems Working,
Bell Atlantic Reports

No Significant Problems in Northeast Phone Network

January 1, 2000


Eric Rabe,
(212) 395-0500

Joan Rasmussen,
(212) 395-0500

NEW YORK -- Bell Atlantic's telecommunications network continues to
function normally, company officials reported this morning. No Y2K-
related problems have emerged, though technicians continue to monitor all
major network telecommunications and customer support systems.

Across the company's Maine-to-Virginia service area, call volumes were significantly higher than normal, but the network handled the traffic with minimal congestion.

"Some people would call this a non-event," said Paul Lacouture, group
president-network services for Bell Atlantic, "but Bell Atlantic has
worked hard for several years to ensure its customers would not be
victims of the Y2K bug, and we view a smooth transition as the payoff on
our investment in this area."

So far, Bell Atlantic has seen just the ordinary, minor problems that occur
during any holiday weekend. Those problems were quickly handled by
control centers and by thousands of other Bell Atlantic employees on the
job and on call this weekend.

Bell Atlantic will remain vigilant for problems with its computerized
network and support systems since national experts have warned that the
Y2K bug may cause glitches well into the new year.

Bell Atlantic is at the forefront of the new communications and information
industry. With more than 43 million telephone access lines and more than 10
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