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DIGITAL CONFERENCE GOES ON-LINE: LEGAL INDUSTRY TO HAVE EASY ACCESS TO NATION'S LARGEST PLANNED PRIVATE VIDEOCONFERENCING NETWORK

 SAN FRANCISCO, July 7 /PRNewswire/ -- Legal firms will benefit from improved counsel-client communications and reduced costs with the launching of the first link in the nation's largest planned, privately held videoconferencing network.
 The San Francisco-based company, named Digital Conference Television (DCTV), is in an aggressive expansion mode and will be adding sites in Los Angeles and Chicago this month, as well as other facilities in major U.S. markets before the end of the year.
 "Digital Conference Television will leverage this network to solidify videoconferencing's role in the legal industry," said DCTV Chief Executive Officer Leland Harden, who co-founded the first nationwide satellite-based newswire service, MediaLink, in 1987.
 "There is a growing need for firms to connect with both clients and co-counsel in remote sites and at the same time reduce costs to clients. Videocommunications is emerging as an invaluable business tool for legal firms to achieve both objectives," said Randy Burkart, a group vice president with the country's largest legal management consultanting firm, New Jersey-based Hildebrandt.
 "Videocommunications enhances your ability to communicate with peers and ultimately clients, without compromising the effort to keep a lid on costs," Burkart added.
 Videoconferencing is used with particular effectiveness by legal firms, such as Loeb & Loeb, which saves tens of thousands each year by conducting partner meetings, training, interviews and depositions via videoconference.
 "With the innovations in the last several years, the technology is user-friendly and affordable," said Harden. "For example, while the cost for a videoconference from New York to London is comparable to a round-trip airline ticket, a firm saves its clients 12 hours of flight time, and a roomful of people can meet and accomplish the same goals for the same price as that one plane fare."
 As a result of these efficiencies, videoconferencing is gaining quiet recognition by a growing cadre of legal firms and corporations, from small to large, as a viable alternative to business travel.
 Digital Conference Television, according to Harden, is expected to particularly benefit from a boom in videoconferencing, which will be an estimated $1.4-billion industry by the mid-1990s. An estimated 15 percent of the country's largest companies used videoconferencing for meetings in 1992.
 "The technology has come of age," said Harden, who notes that videoconferencing is also an intrinsic part of the so-called "data superhighway," over which unlimited information will travel via a fiber optic network.
 "The data superhighway is speeding across America and Digital Conference Television expects to be in the fast lane of the movement," said Harden.
 Headquartered in San Francisco, Digital Conference Television's network will include facilities in major U.S. markets with the capability to connect to other videoconference rooms and remote sites throughout the world.
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 /CONTACT: Larry Williams or Jim Zelinski of Healy Williams & Co., 415-546-6166, for Digital Conference Television/


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