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UNION CITY SELECTED FOR EDUCATION SERVICES TRIAL

 UNION CITY SELECTED FOR EDUCATION SERVICES TRIAL
 ARLINGTON, Va., April 30 /PRNewswire/ -- Bell Atlantic


Corporation (NYSE: BEL) today announced that Union City, N.J., will be the site of its joint effort between New Jersey Bell and AT&T to bring a variety of innovative information services to educators and students.
 In October 1991, the companies said that a trial of a new technology will begin this year to make possible the transmission of interactive voice and data plus full-motion video over the existing copper telecommunications network. Meetings between the companies and Union City educators began this month to determine how the technology may be used to enrich the curriculum. Parents and students also will play an important role in the curriculum building process.
 During the trial, teachers, students and parents will be able to access from their classrooms and homes information and videos provided by third parties and stored in multimedia libraries and large-scale computer data bases. The trial is currently scheduled to take place during the 1992-93 and 1993-94 school years and is subject to any required regulatory approvals.
 City educators are currently rewriting the curriculum for grades 7 through 9 and, separately, for two 8th grade classes that are scheduled to relocate next year to the renovated building that formerly was St. Michael's School. The trial is seen as an opportunity to provide a variety of multicultural and bilingual educational opportunities that will stimulate the learning process.
 Union City, the site of New Jersey Bell's 1987 trial of Caller ID and six other advanced calling features, is one of 30 "special needs" education districts in the state. Because many students in such districts are at risk of dropping out of school, the trial is seen as an effort that will encourage students to learn and graduate.
 New Jersey Bell's digital electronic switching system in Union City has the capacity to handle the trial and is located in close proximity to educational and other institutions that may be part of the trial.
 "The selection by Bell Atlantic of Union City as the testing location for a new telecommunications network is the spark needed to prepare our urban residents for the job opportunities of the future," said Union City Mayor and state Sen. Robert Menendez. "The use of this experimental technology in our city schools will place our young people's classrooms on the cutting edge and lay the groundwork for more corporate investment into our area."
 "I wholeheartedly welcome this great program that allows Union City youths to be among the first to test an exciting advancement in video communications," said Rafael Fraguela, president of the Union City Board of Education.
 "We are very pleased to offer the teachers, students and parents of Union City the opportunity to see firsthand how new technologies will enrich their lives. As the statewide network evolves, many other services for education, health care, entertainment and jobs will be introduced by many information providers," said James G. Cullen, New Jersey Bell president and chief executive officer.
 The technology used in the Union City trial is called "asymmetrical digital subscriber line" or ADSL for short. Conceived by Bellcore, the research and engineering consortium supporting the regional Bell companies, ADSL allows compressed video signals to be transmitted, one way only, on the existing public telecommunications network. With ADSL, the same line that customers use for normal "voice" telephone calls can simultaneously carry data, full-motion VCR-quality video signals and other switched broadband services.
 ADSL is seen as an evolutionary technology that will enable Bell Atlantic and its local companies like New Jersey Bell to quickly provide access to video, educational and other information services such as remote medical diagnostics. Later, when many more information services are available to a larger number of customers, a higher capacity, broadband digital fiber optic network can be used to meet customer needs for interactive voice and data plus two-way, high definition video services.
 In this first effort, New Jersey Bell is working with AT&T Network Systems to provide the necessary network infrastructure. AT&T Paradyne will supply the prototype system that embodies the ADSL concept. The expertise of both Bellcore and AT&T Bell Laboratories, AT&T's research and development unit, will be used in the trial.
 New Jersey Bell also will work with educators to determine their needs and, with AT&T, to encourage other companies and institutions to support the trial to meet specific needs as they develop.
 "We are looking forward to working with Bell Atlantic and New Jersey Bell to bring this innovative technology to educators, students and parents in Union City," said Robert S. Russell, vice president of marketing and sales for AT&T Network Systems. "As this trial develops, we also look forward to the participation by other organizations in helping us to enrich the educational experience through the use of the existing telecommunications network."
 AT&T Network Systems is among the world's largest manufacturers and marketers of network telecommunications equipment. AT&T Paradyne supplies data communications equipment, such as modems and multiplexers, to large and small business customers. AT&T Bell Laboratories is an industrial research and development organization that designs and develops new products systems and services for AT&T business units.
 Bell Atlantic, 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.
 Bell Atlantic also is the parent of companies that provide wireless communications in the mid-Atlantic region and business systems services for customer-based information technology, including 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, in conjunction with Ameritech, owns a majority interest in Telecom Corporation of New Zealand.
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 /CONTACT: Larry Plumb of Bell Atlantic, 703-974-5446; Rich Meyer of AT&T, 201-606-2453; James W. Carrigan of New Jersey Bell, 201-649-2279; or Frank Sternberg of the Office of the Mayor, Union City, N.J., 201-348-5777/
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