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PACIFIC BELL SPONSORS NETDAY96 WITH WIRING KITS, EXPERTS AND VOLUNTEERS.

SAN FRANCISCO--(BUSINESS WIRE)--March 8, 1996--As NetDay96 volunteers prepared to fan out across the state, Pacific Telesis Chairman Phil Quigley today reconfirmed his company's commitment to help connect every school and library in California to the information superhighway.

"Access to information will determine our ability to compete in the 21st century," said Quigley. "Connection to the Internet isn't a classroom panacea, but any student without it will be disadvantaged. Digital technology can help level the playing field of learning."

As a major corporate sponsor of NetDay96, Pacific Bell provided about 1,200 company volunteers, technical experts and 1,000 wiring kits for use on NetDay at a cost of $500,000. In addition, the company is co-hosting "CyberCamp," an Internet training program for teachers, parents and students, at a San Francisco high school today.

In San Francisco alone, Pacific Bell donated 203 NetDay wiring kits -- enough to ensure that every public school and early childhood development center affiliated with the San Francisco School Unified District is connected to the Internet by the end of the year.

Pacific Telesis also supported State School Superintendent Delaine Eastin and the California Department of Education by underwriting the cost of technical workshops held throughout the state to help prepare school districts and volunteers for NetDay.

Through Pacific Bell's Education First, a $100 million effort started two years ago to help provide all California schools with digital technology, 1,000 schools and libraries already have been wired for Internet access. That number will triple by the end of 1996.

Earlier this year, Pacific Bell was granted permission by the California Public Utilities Commission to offer a special phone flat usage phone rate to schools and libraries for digital access to the Internet.

In addition, 365 educational institutions in California (including 36 in San Francisco) are linked to the information superhighway via Pacific Bell's California Research and Education Network (CalREN) -- a $25 million trust awarding grants for developing cross-industry applications in health care, education, government and commerce.

Pacific Bell is a subsidiary of Pacific Telesis Group, a diversified communications corporation based in San Francisco.

CONTACT: Pacific Bell

Rebecca Weill, 415/542-4640

415/207-3877 (pager)
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