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GTE PREPARES SUPER BOWL XXVII TELECOMMUNICATIONS

 THOUSAND OAKS, Calif., Jan. 15 /PRNewswire/ -- GTE has physically begun setting up the complex telecommunications systems through which Super Bowl XXVII will be brought to the world.
 Besides building a communications network at the Rose Bowl, GTE is equipping the Century Plaza Hotel in Century City, Calif., which will serve as the NFL's headquarters and a media center for reporters from around the world. Its work also includes setting up networks at the Hyatt Regency Los Angeles and Loews Santa Monica Hotel, the hotels housing the AFC and NFC championship teams.
 "As far as the work that has to be done, it's the telecommunications equivalent to a small sophisticated city -- and it's all done in less than two weeks," said Larry Hodge, manager- special projects for GTE.
 The communications GTE installs, activates, coordinates and eventually, dismantles includes more than 10 miles of telephone cable and hundreds of telephones. Many of the phones are "hotlines" that automatically connect the NFL's staff with strategic locations on Super Sunday, such as the TV network production truck, locker rooms, scoreboard control, key areas near the playing field and locations throughout the Los Angeles area. The company also will accommodate more than 5,000 journalists, including NBC and other networks that will broadcast the game to approximately 750 million people in 50 countries.
 In addition, GTE is installing hundreds of lines between the Rose Bowl and surrounding hotels for the teams and NFL staffs, and providing about 500 cellular phones with 150 assigned to the NFL alone.
 Communications needs have dramatically changed since GTE officially began its role as the NFL's telecommunications consultant at Super Bowl XX in 1986.
 In that Chicago Bears' 46-10 win over the New England Patriots, only one NFL official used a cellular telephone, and not a single fax machine was used.
 This year's Super Bowl telecommunications equipment will require more than 30 fax machines. And officials directly involved with the game will have access to the NFL network -- from game officials on the field, scoreboard control, to the NFL commissioner's box.
 Setup at the Rose Bowl starts on Monday, Jan. 18, and will be completed by Thursday, Jan. 21. However, once the massive communications network is in place, GTE crews will continue to check and re-check the lines to ensure that, come Super Bowl Sunday, the NFL, the TV networks and other media have fail-safe communications.
 GTE also will be providing specially designed seat cushions containing souvenir Super Bowl memorabilia for the 101,000 fans attending the game.
 The seat cushions have become unique collectors's items. And the gifts will include a credit-card sized radio and headphones so fans can listen to radio coverage of the game; special trading cards, including a three-dimensional set of cards; and stunt cards to be used by fans during Michael Jackson's halftime show.
 The placement of these cushions will be done by volunteers from the Foothill Area Community Services group and GTE California. The Foothill community group will be receiving a $10,000 grant from GTE.
 A GTE insert in the Super Bowl XXVII game program will highlight great talkers of past Super Bowls. Such vociferous talents as Fred "The Hammer" Williamson, "Broadway" Joe Namath, Thomas "Hollywood" Henderson and former Redskins quarter Joe Theisman will be featured in "Super Bowl Talkers: A Super Bowl Salute to the Mouths That Roared." Theisman, now an ESPN commentator, will serve as GTE's spokesperson for the insert.
 At The NFL Experience vendor display area adjacent to the Rose Bowl, GTE will showcase "Project PASS." This NFL/GTE joint venture being piloted by 38 middle schools in Texas and Washington state uses interactive video and NFL footage to teach math and analytical skills in an exciting educational format. Project PASS has been modified for the NFL Experience to give fans the opportunity to pit their gridiron prediction skills against the computer in picking the winner and final score of Super Bowl XXVII.
 GTE Telephone Operations is the largest U.S.-based local telephone company, providing phone service over more than 20 million access lines in portions of 40 states, British Columbia, Quebec, Venezuela and the Dominican Republic.
 GTE California serves 3.1 million customers in 330 communities, mostly in Southern California.
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 /CONTACT: Larry Cox or Mike Murray of GTE California public affairs, 800-227-5556/


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