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BELLSOUTH'S THREE-DIGIT INFORMATION SERVICE BECOMES THE NATION'S FIRST

 PALM BEACH, Fla., March 11 /PRNewswire/ -- South Florida's "Gold Coast" residents are the nation's first to be able to ring up Information Services by merely tapping a three-digit telephone number...511.
 With plans to offer this unique service throughout its nine-state region, BellSouth (NYSE: BLS) has provided the 511 service to The Palm Beach Post, which is offering information ranging from baseball stats to tax tips, timely springtime topics.
 The largest of the seven regional Bell companies, BellSouth believes that making the unique numbers available now "will have a significant impact on speeding the introduction and availability of Information Services to our customers throughout the region."
 Development and implementation of the three-digit Information Service concept resulted from discussions with, and a request from, The Palm Beach Post's parent company, Cox Enterprises, Inc.
 Until now, three-digit numbers have been restricted to use by only the nation's telephone companies. Traditionally, they have been used to provide such broad public services as Directory Assistance (411) and access to Public Safety Answering agencies (911).
 Under the BellSouth proposal, however, 211, 311, 511, 711 and 811 would become available on a first-come, first-served basis to non- telephone company users. Should the Information Service numbers requested exceed the limit of five, BellSouth suggests that they be assigned through a lottery among applicants. Actual allocation procedures, however, will be determined by individual state regulatory bodies where the three-digit services will be offered.
 A special characteristic of the BellSouth offering allows for the same five three-digit numbers to be reused in all of the company's individual service areas since it is a local-only service. This greatly enhances its marketability.
 "We're rapidly entering a new communications era that must be customer-defined and limited only by our ia?gination and good sense. Moving away from the traditional approach of limiting access to these scarce number resources is just one small indication of our commitment to an increasingly customer-defined, user-friendly, widely accessible communications network," the company said.
 Development and initiation of the Palm Beach service puts BellSouth at the lead of the nation's Bell companies in making these easy-to- remember three-digit Information Service numbers available to the broad range of consumers. Indeed, the idea is so new that the Federal Communications Commission has not yet issued its final opinion on the service concept.
 "We believe that this is the beginning of a new and beneficial relationship between BellSouth and a wide horizon of enhanced communications and information service providers that will benefit consumers throughout our country," predicted BellSouth's Marketing President Jere Drummond.
 While BellSouth telephone companies -- Southern and South Central Bell -- have not yet received regulatory authority to offer the service throughout their nine-state service area, the company says it plans to seek such approval. The service now is only available to The Palm Beach Post, but is being considered by the Florida Public Service Commission for broader state availability.
 Local readers who call the newspaper's "PostLines/511" Information Service are charged 35 cents for up to a five-minute call for news updates, stock quotes, restaurant and book reviews, sports news and other features.
 Once connected to the three-digit number, specialized Information Services are selected by category and made by entering a four-digit code.
 BellSouth Telecommunications, Inc., with headquarters in Atlanta, provides telecommunications services in the BellSouth region. BellSouth Telecommunications does business as Southern Bell in North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia and Florida, and as South Central Bell in Kentucky, Tennessee, Alabama, Mississippi and Louisiana. These companies serve more than 18.6 million local telephone lines and provide local exchange and intraLATA long distance service over one of the most modern telecommunications networks in the world.
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 /CONTACT: Robert Morrow of BellSouth Telecommunications, 404-529-8169/
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