Bell Atlantic Mobile Applauds FCC Action on 'Calling Party Pays'

BEDMINSTER, N.J. — Bell Atlantic Mobile praised today's Federal Communications Commission (FCC) action to move Calling Party Pays (CPP), an option allowing wireless customers to choose to have callers pay for the call, one step closer to reality. Currently in the US, wireless customers pay for both outgoing and incoming calls.

"The leadership of Chairman Kennard and the Commissioners on Calling Party Pays is a giant step forward for wireless consumers, who today number one out of every four Americans and growing," said Dennis F. Strigl, President of Bell Atlantic's Wireless Group and CEO of Bell Atlantic Mobile. "CPP will make wireless immediately more valuable for current consumers, more affordable to those who do not yet have wireless, and more competitive with landline service."

Strigl and Bell Atlantic have long been proponents of CPP, which is the norm for wireless service outside the US. The company has offered the option on a local basis for several years through a wireless subsidiary it operates in the Phoenix area. Bell Atlantic Mobile plans to offer CPP by the end of the year.

Bell Atlantic Mobile owns and operates the largest wireless network in the East, covering 120,000 square miles, and the largest chain of retail outlets devoted exclusively to wireless voice, data and paging. Based in Bedminster, NJ, Bell Atlantic Mobile has 6.4 million customers and 8,000 employees from Maine to Georgia and, through a separate subsidiary, in the Southwest. Through its "Wireless at Work..." community service program, the company uses its technology to help individuals and communities improve security and emergency communications. Bell Atlantic Mobile's parent, Bell Atlantic Corporation (NYSE:BEL) is one of the world's largest wireless communications companies, with domestic operations in 25 states and international investments in Mexico, Europe and the Pacific Rim. For more information on Bell Atlantic Mobile visit:; on global operations visit: