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Bell Atlantic Launches Dial-Up Internet Access Service 30 Days Free Unlimited Access, Mac Support Planned


Bell Atlantic.net, a dial-up Internet access service, is now available to consumers and businesses in Blacksburg and other communities in southwestern Virginia. For a limited time, Bell Atlantic will offer new subscribers 30 days of free, unlimited access.

The company also announced that high-speed, dedicated Internet access services and Web services that enable businesses and governments to establish a presence on the World Wide Web are now available in the southwestern Virginia area.

Bell Atlantic.net makes using the Internet as easy as making a phone call. Its simple-to-use navigation and information directories link customers to useful resources, events, organizations and services in their local community. It also provides easy access to the best of global resources, places and information in hundreds of interest areas.

Bell Atlantic.net features the Netscape Navigator(B) browser and will add the Microsoft(C) Internet Explorer browser later in the year, to provide increased customer choice. Bell Atlantic.net subscribers will also have access to Cyber Patrol(D), a tool that enables parents to manage and control their children's Internet access, at a sharply discounted rate. Communications services for staying in touch with family, friends and colleagues are also readily accessible, including e-mail, chat and news groups. The service includes superior customer service and technical support available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, with the high reliability customers have come to expect from Bell Atlantic.

Designed to meet both personal and business needs, Bell Atlantic.net will help business users find information and resources to start, run and/or grow their business. It will provide access to news, market, networking and technology information necessary for a business to stay competitive. Communication among workers, suppliers and customers will also be simplified.

"This is great news," said Congressman Rick Boucher (D-Va.). "I am very pleased that Bell Atlantic has accepted my suggestion that it enter the Internet access market in southwest Virginia. The added competition will be of great benefit to our region's personal computer users. I thank and congratulate Bell Atlantic."

"Under Congressmen Boucher's leadership, some of the pioneering activities of the Information Age have occurred in southwestern Virginia," said Bob Beran, president-Bell Atlantic Internet Solutions. "The Blacksburg Electronic Village was one of the earliest examples of using on-line, computer communications to further the interests of local community and businesses. Its success has been one of the inspirations for Bell Atlantic.net, and we are proud to become a service provider to this area."

There are three pricing plans for Bell Atlantic.net, all of which include browser software. Users can access the Internet as much as they wish with Bell Atlantic's unlimited access plan of only $17.95 a month. They can realize a monthly savings of eight percent by signing up for one year of unlimited access for $198. Under an hourly plan, users can pay $4.95 a month for five hours and $1.95 for each additional hour. These prices do not include the fee for a Global Service Provider, a company providing the interexchange portion of the service, which can run as low as $2 a month for unlimited access.

Rates apply for analog modem access, as well as for ISDN (Integrated Services Digital Network) access, which is available from Bell Atlantic. ISDN provides the fastest dial-up connection to the Internet with end-to-end digital connectivity.

The minimum system requirements for Bell Atlantic.net are a 386 Intel- equipped, IBM-compatible PC, 8 megabytes of memory, 6 megabytes of free hard disk space, a 14.4 kilobits per second modem, and a three and one-half inch floppy disk drive. Bell Atlantic.net currently works with Microsoft Windows(C) 3.1, 3.11 and Windows 95. An Apple Macintosh version of the software will be available shortly.

Customers interested in ordering a free copy of Bell Atlantic.net software and subscribing to Bell Atlantic's Internet access service can call 1-800-NET-2026. They will receive a copy of the software within two weeks of placing their order. For more information on the service, customers can visit the company's Web site at http://www.bellatlantic.net. For information regarding Bell Atlantic's ISDN Internet access, customers can call Bell Atlantic InfoSpeed on 1-800-204-7332.


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