News Release

Web Site Takes Summit Beyond Philadelphia; Will Remain As National Resource

Official Site Funded by Bell Atlantic and NYNEX Will Take More Than 2 Million Accesses Before Summit Ends

April 27, 1997

Sharon Shaffer
Bell Atlantic
215-963-6843
sharon.b.shaffer@bell-atl.com
Maureen Flanagan
NYNEX
212-395-0500
maureen_flanagan@smtp.nynex.com

PHILADELPHIA, PA — The dynamic web site constructed for the Presidents' Summit for America's Future has already had an impact on the country.

With more than 1.6 million accesses to the site already, well over 2 million accesses are expected between now and the summit's close on Tuesday. Millions of visitors over the coming year are expected to review updates of information about the work of delegations, new projects and information about the volunteerism effort spearheaded by America's Promise and its leader, Gen. Colin Powell (Ret.).

"This kind of traffic indicates two things," said Steve Kohn, technology coordinator at the summit for Bell Atlantic and NYNEX. "First, it tells us that a lot of people across America are relying on the Internet and the site to keep on top of summit activities.

"It also tells us that we've designed a site that meets their needs," Kohn said. Visitors who register get automatic updates via the Internet on issues or delegations of interest to them.

The site, http://www.americaspromise.org, is a collaboration between Bell Atlantic Internet Solutions, web site designer Issue Dynamics, Inc. and Viaduct Technologies, designers of the interactive database available to delegates and site visitors.

The site is being fed the latest summit information, including sound bites and video clips made possible by software furnished by digitalNATION.

Bell Atlantic Corp. (NYSE: BEL) is at the forefront of the new communications, entertainment and information industry. In the mid-Atlantic region, the company's telephone company subsidiaries are the premier providers 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.

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