Printer Friendly Offers New Yorkers a New Choice in Local Phone Service.

Company to Market Local and Long Distance Services to Residential and Small

Business Customers in Bell Atlantic Region

RESTON, Va., May 22 /PRNewswire/ -- (Nasdaq: TALK), an integrated communications provider offering local and long distance services utilizing its online billing and service platform, today announced the launch of local calling services in New York. Beginning this month, customers that currently use Bell Atlantic local services will now be able to choose a new local savings plan just as they can select long distance providers today. The addition of New York represents the fourth state for, joining Florida, Georgia, and North Carolina.

"This is another step in our geographic expansion as an integrated communications provider. Since we signed our agreement with Access One Communications on March 24, 2000, has launched local service in four states, bringing competitive local and long distance services in a bundle to the many customers in our target markets. We are excited about the opportunities to continue that rollout. The next phase will target Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Alabama," stated Gabe Battista, Chairman and CEO of

"The Access One provisioning platform is proven in New York," stated Ken Baritz, newly appointed President of "With the addition of's marketing channels, we have scaled-up our initiative to bring additional value in the form of savings and enhanced service to new consumers." will deliver local services to New Yorkers by utilizing the unbundled network element platform ("UNE-P") through service agreements with Bell Atlantic. UNE-P as a network strategy has offered many strategic benefits including, higher margins, speed to market, additional cross-sell attributes, as well as complete access to the underlying network elements.

The newly available state markets for local services gives the ability to capture new market share by offering local services to its existing base of long distance customers and to attract new customers through proven and emerging marketing channels. In addition, the Company recently initiated a bundle of long distance and local services to small business and select residential customers in Florida, Georgia, and North Carolina and now New York.

For more information on's offering, please contact our sales office at: 888-428-3288.

About, is a rapidly growing integrated communications provider of local and long distance services to residential and small business customers utilizing its proprietary "real-time" online billing and customer service platform. The Company delivers value in the form of savings and high quality service to its customers based on the convenience and efficiencies of its electronic systems and its nationwide network.

The Company entered the local services market in the BellSouth region through agreements entered into with Access One Communications, in advance of the merger of the two companies, which is expected to close in the third quarter of 2000, and uses its nationwide network to deliver telecommunications services. The Company's services are marketed directly and through various partnerships which include prominent entities, such as America Online, Prodigy, E*trade, Metris, First USA, DSI and ETM Marketing. In addition, the company gained accreditation from the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) to become a registrar of domain names on the World Wide Web. has also unveiled innovative internet offerings such as "MatchUp," the first and only e-commerce rewards program that provides dollar for dollar gift certificates for every dollar spent on state-to-state long distance minutes.

For further information, visit the Company online at:

Please Note: Safe Harbor" Statement under the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995: Statements in this press release regarding's business which are not historical facts are "forward-looking statements" that involve risks and uncertainties. For a discussion of such risks and uncertainties, which could cause actual results to differ from those contained in the forward-looking statements, see "Risk Factors" in the Company's Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year-ended December 31, 1999 and Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the quarter ended March 31, 2000.
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