By GTE Enters into Three Strategic Partnerships with Well-Known Sites and Service Providers

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DALLAS, Texas-- by GTE Directories Corporation has established three new strategic alliances that will promote usage, increase traffic, and provide enhanced value for its advertisers and consumers. The new partners include, and Concentric Network Services. These agreements are part of an aggressive traffic-building strategy developed by to increase its already substantial usage and provide more opportunities for consumers to access information from local businesses.

The alliances expand the capabilities already available on to search, find and purchase individual products both globally and locally. They also provide incremental consumer traffic to which already generates as many as 4.5 million visits each month via existing marketing and partnerships with AOL and others.

The alliance with, a leading online guide to local retail sales and promotions, allows visitors to conveniently access the consumer services available on From, consumers can link to's City Pages and search for local merchants within 38 metropolitan areas. The reciprocal linking agreement allows consumers to make informed shopping decisions by providing a wider breadth of information about products, pricing and retail locations in the user's local area.

"We are confident that these strategic alliances will provide added benefits for our growing number of advertisers and our customers," said Pat Marshall, vice president - new media services for GTE Directories Corporation. "The additional exposure on the Internet will demonstrate to more businesses and consumers that is a leading Website to search, find, learn and buy products and services."

Additionally, GTE has entered an agreement with, making its exclusive Yellow Pages service. is a leading online White Pages and e-mail finder, and also offers the free BigFoot for Life permanent e-mail address service. By providing a link to on the Bigfoot Web site, more consumers will have access to and benefit from its many services.

The agreement with Concentric Network connects to one of's key target markets, the small-to-medium sized business community. As a leading provider of e-business solutions for growing companies, Concentric recently launched Concentric Gateway, an online business solution center that enables visitors to fully leverage the power of the Internet through a collection of online services. Concentric Gateway customers can link to a co-branded version of's Yellow Pages service, as well as sign up to advertise on as a way of attracting new customers.

About and GTE Directories Corporation

With more than 12 million businesses listed and tens of thousands of advertisers, by GTE Directories Corporation is a rich, comprehensive shopping resource designed for people who want the convenience of finding information and purchasing products and services on- and offline. A leading Internet Yellow Pages and shopping site, has received as many as 4.5 million visits and conducted as many as 13.9 million Yellow Pages searches per month. According to Media Metrix, has received 29.8 million cumulative unique visitors in 1999.

GTE's community and philanthropic programs target excellence in education, particularly math, science, technology and literacy. GTE also supports job training, delivery of health and human services, and the arts. The company's newest program is GTE Reads, a public charity designed to create public awareness, increase fundraising and support organizations dedicated to improving America's literacy levels. GTE customers can contribute to GTE Reads by checking off a box on their bill. Others can contribute through

GTE Directories is a part of GTE Corporation, based in Irving, Texas. More information about GTE is available on the Internet at

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