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Infoseek, Bell Atlantic Partner for E-Commerce Services

Infoseek Corp.and Bell Atlantic signed a three-year agreement to enable small- and medium-sized businesses to conduct commerce on the Web.

The companies said the deal also provides consumers who visit the GO Network and Bell Atlantic's BigYellow with a more fulfilling shopping experience. Financial specifics were not disclosed.

The companies said the agreement "is the first to pair a major Internet portal with the large sales force of a leading shopping media company to provide an shopping solution," including storefront and e-commerce site creation, hosting, shopping directory links, Internet marketing resources and distribution.

In a revenue-sharing arrangement, Infoseek, home of the GO Network, selected Bell Atlantic's BigYellow as its exclusive online Yellow Pages shopping directory for GO Network. In addition, Bell Atlantic will serve as Infoseek's exclusive yellow pages sales agent for electronic storefronts and e-commerce enabled sites on the GO Network.

Web sites sold by Bell Atlantic will now be featured on the shopping areas and pages within the GO Network. Also, Bell Atlantic customers will have access to information to manage their sites through the GO Network Small Business Center. Bell Atlantic creates, hosts and links Web sites for businesses under the Web@Once brand.

"Combining the integrated commerce platform of GO Network with the experience Bell Atlantic brings in helping businesses attract customers and establish an online presence provides businesses with essential online solutions," said Harry Motro, president and CEO of Infoseek.

"This partnership is a big win for shoppers and merchants," said Mat Stover, president of Bell Atlantic Directory Group. "BigYellow enables people to find shopping information for more than 11 million businesses across the United States. In addition, our Bell Atlantic sales people and affiliated channels will provide merchants with additional shoppers from GO Network and added e-commerce functionality. For small and medium-sized businesses that have not yet established a Web presence, our partnership will offer the best way to get started."

GO Network was launched in January 1999 by Infoseek in partnership with The Walt Disney Company and is the online home of brands such as ABCNEWS.com, ESPN.com, Disney.com and Family.com for kids and family, Infoseek for search, and Disney.com and ABC.com for entertainment.