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BELL ATLANTIC RESPONSE TO FCC VIDEO DIAL TONE DECISION

 BELL ATLANTIC RESPONSE TO FCC VIDEO DIAL TONE DECISION
 ARLINGTON, Va., July 16 /PRNewswire/ -- Bob Levetown, Bell Atlantic vice chairman, issued the following:
 The commission has moved to topple many of the obstacles that have impeded our ability to bring new, high-quality programs to the TV screens of America. This decision provides Bell Atlantic with another incentive to deploy cutting-edge technology and enhance the most modern communications infrastructure in the world. However, consumers will only realize the true benefits of competition and choice when telephone companies have complete freedom to provide video programming.
 Today's ruling is an important first step toward introducing competition to the monopoly cable TV industry. It means that we have the flexibility to forge new alliances with programmers, adding new voices and diversity to the marketplace of ideas.
 The ball is now in Congress' court to remove the remaining barriers to our entry into this arena. We will continue to press for the ability to fully participate in programming and to compete on an equal footing, with no more restrictions than any other participant.
 We believe that, when permitted, we will set new standards for quality, reliability and choice for a public that is ready for alternatives to cable TV.
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 /CONTACT: Terri Ferguson, 703-974-5455, or Jay Grossman, 215-963-6521, both of Bell Atlantic/
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