The timing and range of new services that telephone users here can expect as a result of yesterday's ruling by U.S. District Judge Harold H. Greene hinges on how aggressively Bell Atlantic Corp. opposes the decision.

Executives at Bell Atlantic, the regional company that serves the Washington area through its C&P subsidiaries, indicated yesterday that they were angered by portions of the judge's opinion and intended to appeal it.

Greene ruled that regional phone companies such as Bell Atlantic may not manufacture phone equipment or provide long-distance services. He also gave the regionals limited approval to provide new information services to their customers.

Bell Atlantic executives said that both Greene's decision and their appeal will slow the introduction of high-technology information services to Washington area phone customers.

There are two categories of new services that Bell Atlantic may be permitted to introduce to local consumers as a result of yesterday's ruling.

Executives said that the first category, so-called in-network services such as electronic answering machines and other voice storage devices, may be the first introduced to local customers.

However, they said, it was unclear from the opinion whether Bell Atlantic will be permitted by Greene to offer such services.

Greene made no reference to voice storage services in his opinion. He invited Bell Atlantic and others to submit proposed rules within the next 20 days.

According to the schedule outlined by Greene, a final decision on those rules is likely by early next year.

The second category of services -- so-called videotext, which would be provided through a video terminal supplied to customers by Bell Atlantic -- will likely take longer to reach area consumers, Bell Atlantic executives said.

The executives said that Greene's decision to bar Bell Atlantic and other regional firms from creating their own electronic information -- such as listings of restaurants, movie theatres, and other services -- will slow introduction of the service. "Our enthusiasm is dampened," said Raymond Smith, Bell Atlantic's vice chairman.

"We are pleased with {one} part of the order," added Thomas E. Bolger, chairman of the Philadelphia firm, referring to Greene's decision to allow regionals to transmit data provided by others. "Call it half a loaf."

Bolger criticized Greene's decision to proscribe Bell Atlantic from the long distance and telephone equipment manufacturing businesses. However, Gene Kimmelman, legislative director of the Consumer Federation of America, cheered that aspect of Greene's opinion.

"I think the judge has provided some strong protections for consumers and ratepayers in general," Kimmelman said.

"I think he has agreed with most of our argument about the dangers of local rate increases if the {regional} companies are allowed into new markets, long distance and manufacturing," he said. Advocates for consumer groups have downplayed the importance of new high-technology phone services. They have argued that there is little consumer demand for such services and that most residential users are concerned primarily about the cost of their phone service.

Bell Atlantic is permitted as a result of yesterday's decision to freely enter businesses outside the communications industry, even while it is barred from long distance and phone manufacturing.

So far, however, the regionals have had little success when Greene has given them special permission to stray from the phone business.

"It seems strange that you would let telephone companies into businesses about which they know nothing but keep out of businesses in which they have expertise," said Rep. Al Swift (D-Wash.)