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Web Site Creates 'Digital Neighborhoods' for Presidents' Summit
Bell Atlantic, NYNEX Enable Millions to Participate in 'Virtual Summit'
April 21, 1997
PHILADELPHIA, NEW YORK CITY - When delegates gather at the Presidents'
Summit for America's Future, people around the world will be able to
participate and share their thoughts with delegates at the summit
using the latest Internet technology. The summit takes place from
April 27 - 29 in Philadelphia.
As primary providers of summit telecommunications services and
equipment, Bell Atlantic and NYNEX have created an interactive web
site that is now operational at http://www.americaspromise.org. The
site enables summit delegates and "virtual delegates" who participate
on-line to work together, in real time, on action plans to help
America's young people lead fuller lives.
During the summit, the site will provide live coverage - audio, video
and text - of many events, including the opening ceremony where
Presidents Clinton, Bush, Carter, Ford, former First Lady Nancy
Reagan, and Gen. Colin Powell (Ret.), general chairman of the summit,
will issue a historic call to action.
After the summit, the site will live on as a "digital neighborhood,"
serving as a dynamic gathering place for people everywhere who want to
build on the ideas and plans launched at the summit. This national
resource is intended to match up people who want to help with human
services organizations that assist young people.
A key component of the web site are its "declaration pages," which
list companies and organizations that have pledged themselves to
Visitors to the site can register to become a member of a "digital
neighborhood" and participate in summit proceedings. The names will
become part of a database of interested individuals who will serve as
a significant resource for post-summit activities and follow up.
Visitors registering with the site will choose from a list of
categories to create a profile that identifies them based on areas of
interest. When they register, they will receive customized local
information through the web site and by e-mail.
For example, a summit participant from Boston might choose to receive
all summit news releases along with all materials concerning
delegations from Massachusetts. Or a participant interested in safe
haven programs for kids would be sent information regarding corporate
commitments in their area and details on how to get more involved
"The web site will enable the good work beginning now at the summit to
continue into the 21st Century," said Ray Smith, Bell Atlantic
chairman and chief executive officer. "This groundbreaking effort
takes full advantage of the newest Internet technology to build
digital neighborhoods that enable people to help our youth succeed."
"We're providing easy-to-use technology that will help revitalize the
spirit of public service in all corners of America," said Ivan
Seidenberg, NYNEX chairman and chief executive officer. "This web
site enhances our ability to share ideas with one another before,
during and after the summit."
Many areas of the web site will include multimedia content on
everything from schedules of summit events, to speeches and delegate
session action plans. The action
plans will be compiled on laptop computers by volunteers who will
staff each of the 16 sessions. Material from the delegation meeting
will be uploaded from laptop computers using wireless modems to
The action plans will be posted on the site on Monday evening, April
28. Everyone with Internet access is being encouraged to contribute
their questions, comments and responses to the web site. All e-mail
responses will be collected by summit staff and volunteers and
delivered to summit delegations.
All conference participants will be able to explore the web site at
one of 12 kiosks located around the convention hall or in the summit
Resource Center. The Resource Center (room 201B at the Pennsylvania
Convention Center) will have 25 computer workstations connected to the
The upcoming summit kicks off a national campaign to renew the spirit
of volunteerism, especially targeting America's youth. Summit
organizers expect participation from 1,700 community and state
delegates representing 140 rural and urban communities, all 50 states,
and five territories.
The www.americaspromise.org site is produced and designed by Issue
Dynamics Inc., of Washington, D.C. The interactive capabilities were
designed and developed by Viaduct Technologies of Bethesda, Md.
Bell Atlantic and NYNEX expect to merge soon, pending government
Bell Atlantic Corp. (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.
NYNEX is a global communications and media corporation that provides a
full range of services in the northeastern United States and
high-growth markets around the world, including the United Kingdom,
Thailand, Gibraltar, Greece, Indonesia, the Philippines, Poland,
Slovakia and the Czech Republic. The corporation is a leader in
telecommunications, wireless communications, directory publishing and
video entertainment and information services. NYNEX is also managing
sponsor of FLAG - Fiberoptic Link Around the Globe - the world's
longest undersea fiber optic communications cable.
NYNEX news releases are available on the Internet at
http://www.nynex.com, or via fax for no charge at 1-800-331-1214.