FDIC ANNOUNCES ONLINE PRESS RELEASE SERVICE VIA INTERNET
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
The FDIC's Office of Corporate Communications today announced
the establishment of an online subscription service that allows
subscribers to receive over the Internet and World Wide Web press
releases and copies of key Congressional testimony and major
speeches by FDIC Chairman Ricki Helfer and other FDIC officials.
"The FDIC has been posting all press releases and selected
speeches by Chairman Helfer to the Internet for some time now,"
said Corporate Communications Director Alan Whitney. "That service
enables users to go to an Internet or WWW gopher bulletin board and
download a press release or speech whenever they want. This new
service will send the material directly to subscribers instantly,
via e-mail. They won't have to go looking for it." Whitney added
that FDIC press releases will still be made available as they have
been in the past. "People can still get press releases via fax
modem, postal service mail and by picking them up from the racks
outside our offices. This just adds one more faster, easier way to
get the information."
To subscribe to the new service, users should send an e-mail
message over the Internet to "firstname.lastname@example.org". In the body
of the message put: "subscribe fdic-announce".
In a few moments, subscribers will receive a "welcome"
message, confirming their subscription and giving instructions on
how to use this and other online FDIC information services.
"The FDIC is taking advantage of every technological
innovation to get vital information to the banking industry, the
media and the public," said Whitney. "The `fdic-announce'
subscription service will help us do a better, faster job of
letting people know about FDIC actions and decisions that affect
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Congress created the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation in 1933 to restore
public confidence in the nation's banking system. The FDIC insures deposits at
the nation's 12,000 banks and savings associations and it promotes the safety and
soundness of these institutions by identifying, monitoring and addressing risks
to which they are exposed.