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NEW JERSEY BELL TO INTRODUCE ADDITIONAL CAPABILITIES

 NEWARK, N.J., June 23 /PRNewswire/ -- New Jersey Bell announced plans today to offer Per Call Blocking, a capability that will enable callers to prevent their numbers from being displayed on Caller ID display devices by dialing a special code prior to placing each call.
 The company also plans to introduce an enhancement to Caller ID called Anonymous Call Rejection. This capability will enable Caller ID customers to reject automatically calls from callers who block their numbers.
 Both Per Call Blocking and Anonymous Call Rejection will be offered without charge and both capabilities must be approved by the state Board of Regulatory Commissioners before they will be offered.
 Introduced in a New Jersey Bell trial in November 1987, Caller ID lets the person receiving a call see the telephone number of the person making the call.
 Per Call Blocking is activated before making each call by dialing (asterisk)67 with a Touch-Tone telephone or 1167 with a rotary dial phone. New Jersey Bell plans to make Per Call Blocking available on most of its residential telephone lines, and business lines that are capable of having it, by the end of this year. There will be no charge for the service.
 To maintain the balance of privacy between calling and called parties that now exists with Caller ID without blocking, Anonymous Call Rejection automatically will be provided without charge to New Jersey Bell's 244,000 Caller ID subscribers. Caller ID customers may activate Anonymous Call Rejection by dialing (asterisk)77 or 1177, or deactivate it with (asterisk)87 or 1187. The capability will not be available to non-Caller ID customers.
 When calling a telephone line on which Anonymous Call Rejection is activated, the caller will hear an announcement saying the call cannot be completed unless it is made without using blocking.
 As reported to the state Board of Regulatory Commissioners in four detailed reports from June 1989 through December 1990, the use of Caller ID without blocking has been very successful. The service is credited with significantly reducing the number of harassing and threatening calls such as obscene calls.
 It also effectively is used by emergency service providers to speed response and deter false alarms, by schools to deter bomb threats and by law enforcement authorities. Small businesses such as pizza parlors use it to deter fraudulent orders and residential customers use it for call management and privacy.
 In April 1993, law enforcement officials credited Caller ID with helping them to recapture an alleged serial rapist in Ocean County. In Atlantic County, authorities credited Caller ID with helping to locate a man who was convicted in May 1993 of robbing a pizza delivery person.
 The decision to offer Per Call Blocking and Anonymous Call Rejection was made in part to address the concerns of domestic violence agencies and others who are represented in a proceeding now before the state Board of Regulatory Commissioners that was filed by the Rutgers Law School Constitutional Litigation Clinic.
 The desire on the part of New Jersey Bell to resolve all outstanding issues dealing with Caller ID, and the availability of Anonymous Call Rejection technology, were other factors in the decision.
 New Jersey Bell will provide one-way, outgoing only lines and per line blocking capability for domestic violence and rape crisis facilities. With Per Line Blocking, numbers automatically are blocked on each call unless the caller deactivates the capability.
 Bell Atlantic Corporation (NYSE: BEL), based in Philadelphia, is the parent company of New Jersey Bell, Bell of Pennsylvania, Diamond State Telephone (Delaware) and the Chesapeake and Potomac Telephone Companies of Maryland, Virginia, West Virginia and Washington, D.C., companies that provide a full array of telecommunications services in the mid- Atlantic region.
 Bell Atlantic also is the parent of one of the nation's largest cellular carriers and of companies that provide software, systems integration, hardware and software service and support and financial services throughout the United States and internationally. In addition, Bell Atlantic International offers network services and consulting to telephone authorities throughout the world and owns an interest in Telecom Corporation of New Zealand.
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 /CONTACT: James W. Carrigan of New Jersey Bell, 201-649-2279, or home, 908-583-8290/
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