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Bell Atlantic Rolls-Out ADSL, Offers Snap!

Bell Atlantic Internet Solutions and CNET/NBC-owned Snap! announced today they have developed a specialized version of the Snap! portal and search engine for customers of Bell Atlantic.net and Bell Atlantic's Infospeed DSL services, which also launched today.

The two organizations teamed to create a special version of the popular Snap! Internet portal and search engine for customers of Bell Atlantic.net who also subscribe to Bell Atlantic Infospeed DSL services. Infospeed DSL is Bell Atlantic's brand name for ADSL, or Asymmetric Digital Subscriber Line technology, which will provide Internet access to consumers at speeds 11 to 126 times faster than that afforded by a 56 kilobits per second (Kbps) modem.

Bell Atlantic's Infospeed DSL service is now available in selected Washington, D.C., and Pittsburgh metropolitan areas for $59.95 a month for the basic service package. The service will be offered to users in the Philadelphia area and on the Hudson River waterfront in New Jersey beginning next month. New York City, Boston and other markets will be added early next year.

When Bell Atlantic users open their browsers they will automatically be greeted by the customizable Snap! portal. The Snap service is a directory of Web sites, gathered by a team of editors and reviewers, and allows users to search the directory by keywords, or browse through the directory's 16 topics such as Arts & Humanities; Business & Money; Computing & Internet; Entertainment; and Science & Technology. Snap also provides content from more than 75 different Web publishers.

"Bell Atlantic's addition of the Snap service means our customers will be provided with more than just speed," said Bob Beran, president-Bell Atlantic Internet Solutions. "Right out of the gate Snap provides an impressive array of quality information and brand-name resources. Snap is positioned to keep pace with longer term developments as well, because it is backed by owners such as NBC and CNET, companies that clearly understand multimedia."

"Snap and Bell Atlantic.net make a powerful combination," said Halsey Minor, chief executive officer of both CNET and Snap. "We're going to take the Internet experience to a whole new level by coupling Snap with the high-speed, always-on connectivity offered by Bell Atlantic's Infospeed DSL service."