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BELLSOUTH ANNUAL MEETING TAKES SHAREHOLDERS BACK TO SCHOOL AND DEMONSTRATES EDUCATION-RELATED TECHNOLOGIES

 BELLSOUTH ANNUAL MEETING TAKES SHAREHOLDERS BACK TO SCHOOL
 AND DEMONSTRATES EDUCATION-RELATED TECHNOLOGIES
 JACKSON, Miss., April 27 /PRNewswire/ -- BellSouth shareholders didn't have to take a test or write an essay on "What I Did During Our Annual Meeting." However, they did return to school this year to learn a lot about what their company is doing -- and why -- to help improve education in the U.S.
 That's because BellSouth held its annual meeting at Murrah High School here on April 27.
 A live, first-time-ever interstate distance learning session was part of BellSouth's lesson plan on ways it's helping enhance education -- from supporting individual volunteers and local initiatives to making major grants and technological applications.
 "Business must take a leadership role in improving the nation's schools. By using our annual meeting to focus on BellSouth's commitment to reform, we hope to underscore how critical education is to the future of this country and this company," said John L. Clendenin, chairman and chief executive officer of BellSouth.
 "America cannot prosper if its citizens are not qualified to take advantage of the opportunities offered by the increasingly complex world that's evolving. BellSouth will not prosper unless people are prepared with the skills to perform Information Age jobs we offer and to use high technology products and services we market."
 A major highlight of the meeting was a distance learning demonstration. It linked, via fiber-optic telecommunications, classrooms in Philadelphia, Miss., and in Charlotte, N.C., with Clendenin, who carried on a two-way video question-and-answer session with them during the meeting.
 The multi-state nature of the demonstration made it an historic event, for which BellSouth brought together the resources of several vendors. They included Northern Telecom, which provided technical consultations, central office software and video switching equipment to connect the three sites, and Videoconferencing Systems Inc. (VSI), which handled audio, videoconferencing and consulting support.
 "This distance learning demonstration brought home the potential our technology offers in giving students and teachers resources beyond conventional boundaries -- across town or across the country," said Clendenin.
 Exhibits at the BellSouth meeting included other high-tech education-related services such as:
 -- ClassNotes(R) service, which enables parents and teachers to communicate more effectively;
 -- FlashNotes(R) service, a value-added information services enhancement that allows a school to select information categories to meet its particular needs;
 -- TeacherReacher(SM) service, which improves administrative efficiency in reporting teacher absences, scheduling teacher replacements and verifying schedules;
 -- SuperBook Browser(a) service, which allows people to access libraries nationwide.
 In another example of its commitment to education, BellSouth is working with Junior Achievement to produce materials that will help students better understand corporations and corporate governance. The package, including a videotape featuring footage of the annual meeting, will become an integral part of high school applied economics courses delivered in school systems across the nation.
 BellSouth (NYSE: BLS) is an international telecommunications holding company. Its subsidiaries offer local telephone service in nine southeastern states and mobile communications services worldwide, providing advertising and publishing services, and market and maintain stand-alone and fully integrated communications systems.
 (a) SuperBook Browser service is a service mark of Bellcore.
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 /CONTACT: Larry Stevens of BellSouth, 404-249-2832/
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