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BELL ATLANTIC OFFERS VIDEO CONFERENCING TO BUSINESS, GOVERNMENT

 BELL ATLANTIC OFFERS VIDEO CONFERENCING TO BUSINESS, GOVERNMENT
 WASHINGTON, Jan. 29 /PRNewswire/ -- The latest technology in videoconferencing for business and government customers is now available from Bell Atlantic's (NYSE: BEL) local telephone companies and other subsidiaries as a result of agreemen ?with two leading- edge communications manufacturers.
 The agreements with PictureTel (NASDAQ-NMS: PCTL) and Compression Labs, Inc. (NASDAQ-NMS: CLIX), will allow the Bell Atlantic companies to offer a range of videoconferencing products and services, including portable equipment that uses readily available telephone data circuits.
 "In this tight economy, our new service will appeal to business and government customers who are looking for ways to cut high travel costs and save employee time required for in-person meetings," said Bruce Gordon, Bell Atlantic vice president-marketing. "Executives in Baltimore and Pittsburgh, for example, can spend an hour conferring via videoconference, instead of wasting an entire day traveling back and forth to get business done."
 Bell Atlantic will provide videoconferencing equipment and installation and maintenance services through its operating telephone companies.
 The new videoconferencing products can be seen Jan. 28-30 at the COMNET '92 trade show at the Washington Convention Center, 900 9th St., N.W., Washington. Bell Atlantic's booth is No. 470.
 Known as compressed videoconferencing, the service uses data communications channels to transmit and receive high quality sound and video images at speeds ranging from 56 Kbps to 1.544 Mbps, compared to the standard television broadcast speed of 90 Mbps. This is more than a thousand-fold reduction in speed and results in dramatic savings in the cost of transmission.
 Maintaining sound and image quality at such relatively low transmission rates requires a video coder/decoder, known as a codec, that "compresses" digital audio and video signals. "Compressing" digital signals refers to the use of a software program to sort, encode and send only that information that is essential to maintaining a quality image at the receiving end. For instance, if the background of a video motion picture does not change, then it is not re-transmitted with every frame.
 In addition to the codec, a microphone, video camera and video monitor complete the system. All the equipment can be placed on a small cart or table and then wheeled into a room and connected to a telephone data circuit.
 Video conferencing participants can carry on two-way visual conversations with each other during the conference call and also look at documents, diagrams or other items discussed during the meeting.
 Bell Atlantic's telephone companies, serving the mid-Atlantic region, are Bell of Pennsylvania, New Jersey Bell, Diamond State Telephone (serving Delaware), and the Chesapeake & Potomac Telephone Companies serving West Virginia, Virginia, Maryland and Washington, D.C.
 Bell Atlantic also is the parent of companies that provide wireless communications in the mid-Atlantic region and business systems and services for customer-based information technology, including software, systems integration, hardware and software service and support, and financial services throughout the U.S. and internationally.
 Compression Labs, Inc. (CLI), based in San Jose, Calif., develops and manufactures and markets compressed digital video (CDV) applications for digital broadcast television, videoconferencing and personal video. CLI's application-flexible videoconferencing product line includes the Rembrandt II/VP video codec, Gallery Room System and Multi-Point Control Unit.
 PictureTel, of Peabody, Mass., develops, manufactures and markets software-upgradeable visual telecommunications products for use with public and private video networks. Its video products include the System 4000 family of high-performance, dial-up videoconferencing systems.
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 /NOTE: Rembrandt is a registered trademark of Compression Labs, Inc.; Gallery is a trademark of Compression Labs, Inc.; and System 4000 is a trademark of PictureTel./
 /CONTACT: Larry Plumb of Bell Atlantic, 703-974-5446/
 (BEL CLIX PCTL) CO: Bell Atlantic; Compression Labs, Inc.; PictureTel Corp. ST: District of Columbia IN: CPR SU:


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