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 NEWARK, N.J., Nov. 4 /PRNewswire/ -- Bell Atlantic (NYSE: BEL) and Teleport Communications Group today announced that the two companies plan to build facilities to provide an ultra-reliable, high-speed fiber-optic ring between New Jersey and New York to meet business customers' needs.
 The new facilities will form a state-of-the-art "SONET OC-48" survivable fiber-optic ring. It will be capable of transmitting data at the incredible speed of 2.4 billion bits per second or the equivalent voice capacity of 32,256 lines. If part of the cable is cut or if service is disrupted due to equipment problems, the fiber-optic ring is designed to "self-heal" or instantaneously restore service within 50 thousandths of a second.
 Bell Atlantic's New Jersey Bell subsidiary will provide the SONET ring facilities in New Jersey and connect them with Teleport's portion of the ring. The Teleport part of the ring will extend into New York City and carry traffic to and from that city. Discussions between Bell Atlantic and Teleport to provide these facilities have been under way for more than a year.
 "We are pleased that Teleport will be playing a part in delivering this improved service because it will meet the requirements of our New Jersey banking, insurance and other customers who also have operations in New York," said Len Lauer, New Jersey Bell's vice president-sales. "This survivable ring means that large business customers who cannot afford to have their data streams interrupted will have the same, highly-reliable network on the New York side of the river as they now enjoy in New Jersey."
 "In participating in this project, Teleport is continuing the process of network expansion that will best serve the telecommunications needs of businesses throughout the New York metropolitan region," said Jim Hogan, vice president of sales for Teleport. "But even as we enhance the robustness and reliability of our network to improve customer network security, we also are continuing a successful working relationship with New Jersey Bell that began several years ago. This project will afford us the opportunity to better serve our New York corporate customers through our mutual expertise and cooperation."
 Bell Atlantic Corporation, based in Philadelphia, is the parent company of New Jersey Bell, Bell of Pennsylvania, Diamond State Telephone (Delaware) and the Chesapeake and Potomac Telephone Companies of Maryland, Virginia, West Virginia and Washington, D.C., companies that provide a full array of telecommunications services in the mid-Atlantic region.
 Bell Atlantic also is the parent of one of the nation's largest cellular carriers and of companies that provide software, systems integration, hardware and software service and support and financial services throughout the United States and internationally. In addition, Bell Atlantic international offers network services and consulting to telephone authorities throughout the world and owns an interest in Telecom Corporation of New Zealand.
 Teleport Communications Group is a provider of state-of-the-art, fiber-optic-based telecommunications services for the business community. It supplies a full range of transmission capacities for private line service, dedicated long distance carrier access, video transmission, public telephone service and, in some regions, enhanced local switched services.
 Teleport operates fiber-optic networks for businesses in more than 125 communities nationwide, and serves the greater metropolitan areas of Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Houston, Los Angeles, Milwaukee, New York, Omaha, San Diego, San Francisco and Seattle.
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 /CONTACT: James W. Carrigan of Bell Atlantic, 201-649-2279 or Roger Cawley of Teleport, 718-983-2122/

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