News Release

Verizon Wireless Donates Computers to Local School

May 17, 2000

Allen Bosworth
864-672-5523
Allen@erwinpenland.com

Angie Skelton
864-987-2860
Skeltan@bam.com

SPARTANBURG, SC — Verizon Wireless, formerly Bell Atlantic Mobile, is helping to boost Upstate students knowledge through technology, by donating computer equipment to local schools. Twenty computers and keyboards, plus accessories will be given to Boiling Springs High School on Monday, May 15 at 11:30 a.m.

"Computers are a necessity in today's learning process, and without these tools the students here in the Upstate would fall behind in technology" said Jerry Fountain, Verizon Wireless President - Carolinas. "As a company, we're proud to be able to contribute to education."

The 20 computers and keyboards will be placed in the classrooms and used for everyday instruction. "We're very grateful, " said Harriette Hipp, Student Activities Coordinator at Boiling Springs High School. "It's reassuring that businesses like Verizon Wireless are willing to give back to the community and especially through local schools."

This is the third computer donation Verizon Wireless has participated in the Upstate. The Washington Center and East Gantt Elementary School in Greenville have both received computers.

About Verizon Wireless

Verizon Wireless is the largest wireless communications provider in the U.S. with more than 16 million wireless voice and data customers and nearly 4 million paging customers. The new coast-to-coast wireless provider was formed by the combination of the U.S. wireless businesses of Bell Atlantic Corp. (NYSE:BEL) and Vodafone AirTouch Plc (LSE:VOD; NYSE:VOD). The new company includes the assets of Bell Atlantic Mobile, AirTouch Cellular, PrimeCo Personal Communications and AirTouch Paging. Verizon Wireless will be further strengthened by the addition of the wireless assets of GTE Corp. (NYSE:GTE) when it completes its merger with Bell Atlantic. When the merger is complete, the new company will have a footprint covering nearly 90 percent of the U.S. population, 49 of the top 50 and 96 of the top 100 U.S. markets.

Verizon Wireless, headquartered in New York City and Bedminster, NJ, is 30,000 employees strong. Reporters and editors can find more information about the company in its Media Center on the Web at: http://www.verizonwireless.com/mediacenter.

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