Bell Atlantic Wires President Clinton's Clarksburg Town Meeting

CLARKSBURG, W.Va. — A visit by the President of the United States to a Clarksburg high school to discuss education issues with nearly 200 people isn't an everyday occurrence in West Virginia. And the communications requirements associated with such a visit are intense and immediate.

Enter Bell Atlantic.

In the week leading up to tomorrow's town meeting at the state-of-the-art Robert C. Byrd High School, Bell Atlantic-West Virginia technicians have placed 22,000 feet of copper and fiber-optic telephone cable and wiring at the school and other Clarksburg locations. The company installed two digital electronic systems and more than 200 phone lines for town meeting coordinators and the press. A number of the these lines can carry high-speed data communications.

"Bell Atlantic people excel when the pressure is on," said Dennis Bone, Bell Atlantic-West Virginia president and CEO. "An effort this large, in a time frame this short, calls for total dedication, and our employees are proud to step up to the task."

Bell Atlantic employees also were key players on a task force of business, education, government and media groups that designed and installed a system to transmit digital audio and video signals of the town meeting live over the Internet - a first.

Internet users can access the town meeting via RealAudio* or RealVideo* at the following World Wide Web addresses:, or . To access these sites, users must have RealAudio or RealVideo software, which is available through the Internet at

Robert C. Byrd High School and Bell Atlantic have enjoyed a strong relationship as Partners in Education for 14 years. The school also has high-speed Internet access through the Bell Atlantic WORLD SCHOOL program, which to date has linked 677 kindergarten through twelfth-grade West Virginia public schools to the Internet.

* RealAudio and RealVideo are registered trademarks of Progressive Networks, Inc.

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