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    As filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on June 3, 1997
                        Registration No. 33-_________
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                      SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION
                           Washington, D.C.  20549
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                                   FORM S-8
                            REGISTRATION STATEMENT
                                    UNDER
                          THE SECURITIES ACT OF 1933
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                             CINCINNATI BELL INC.
            (Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)
       Ohio                                                31-1056105
(State or other jurisdiction of                       (I.R.S. Employer 
incorporation or organization)                        Identification No.)



                            201 East Fourth Street
                            Cincinnati, Ohio 45202
                                (513) 397-9900
    (Address, including zip code, of registrant's principal executive office)
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                             CINCINNATI BELL INC. 
               1997 STOCK OPTION PLAN FOR NON-EMPLOYEE DIRECTORS
                           (Full title of the plan)
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                             William H. Zimmer III
                           Secretary and Treasurer
                           201 East Fourth Street
                            Cincinnati, Ohio 45202
                                (513) 397-9900
       (Name, address including zip code, and telephone number including
                       area code, of agent for service)
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                   Please send copies of all communications to:

                              Neil Ganulin, Esq.
                                Frost & Jacobs
                               2500 PNC Center
                             201 East Fifth Street
                            Cincinnati, Ohio 45202
                                (513) 651-6800
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                       CALCULATION OF REGISTRATION FEE

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Title of       Amount       Proposed Maximum    Proposed Maximum    Amount of
Securities     To be        Offering Price      Aggregate Offering  Registration
To be          Registered   Per Share(1)        Price               Fee
Registered 
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Common Shares,
Par value
$1.00 Per      600,000         $ 58.313           $ 34,987,800      $ 10,602.36
share
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(1)Estimated in accordance with Rule 457(c) pursuant to Rule 457(h)(i), based 
upon the average of the high and low prices per share on the New York Stock    
Exchange on May 27, 1997, solely for the purpose of calculation of the    
registration fee.



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                                  Part II
            INFORMATION REQUIRED IN THE REGISTRATION STATEMENT

ITEM 3.  Incorporation of Certain Documents by Reference

    The following documents have been filed by Cincinnati Bell Inc. (the
"Company") with the Commission (File No. 1-8519) and are incorporated herein by
reference:


1.  The Company's Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31,
    1996.

2.  The Company's Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the period ended March 31,
    1997.

3.  The Company's Current Report on Form 8-K filed April 29, 1997.


All documents subsequently filed by the Company pursuant to Section 13(a),
13(c), 14 or 15(d) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (the "Subsequently
Filed Documents"), prior to the filing of a post-effective amendment which
indicates that all securities offered have been sold or which deregisters all
securities then remaining unsold, shall be deemed to be incorporated by
reference in this Registration Statement and to be a part of this Registration
Statement from the date of filing such documents.

    Any statement contained in this Registration Statement or in a document
incorporated by reference in this Registration Statement shall be deemed to be
modified or superseded for purposes of this Registration Statement to the extent
that a statement contained herein or in any Subsequently Filed Document modifies
or supersedes such statement.  Any such modified or superseded statement shall
not be deemed, except as so modified or superseded, to constitute a part of this
Registration Statement.

    The Company will provide without charge, upon written or oral request, to
each person to whom a copy of this Registration Statement is delivered, a copy
of any or all of the documents incorporated by reference herein, not including
exhibits to such documents.  Requests for such copies should be directed to the
Secretary, Cincinnati Bell Inc., 201 East Fourth Street, Cincinnati, Ohio 45202,
telephone number (513) 397-7700.

ITEM 4.  DESCRIPTION OF CAPITAL STOCK

    The following is a summary description of the capital stock of the Company
and is qualified by reference to the Company's Amended Articles of Incorporation
(the "Articles") as filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (see
Exhibit 3.1 to this Registration Statement).

    The authorized capital stock of the Company consists of 480,000,000 common
shares, par value $1.00 per share (the "Common Shares"), and 5,000,000 preferred
shares, without par value (the "Preferred Shares"), of which 4,000,000 are
voting preferred shares (the 


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"Voting Preferred Shares").  At April 30, 1997, 67,840,709 Common Shares were 
outstanding.  There are currently no Preferred Shares outstanding.  The Board 
of Directors approved a two-for-one share split that was effected by issuing 
one additional Common Share for each Common Share outstanding at May 2, 1997.

    All Common Shares of the Company are entitled to participate equally in
such dividends as may be declared by the Board of Directors of the Company and
upon liquidation of the Company, subject to the prior rights of any Preferred
Shares.  All Common Shares are fully paid and nonassessable.

    Each shareholder has one vote for each Common Share registered in the
shareholder's name.  The Board of Directors is divided into three classes as
nearly equal in size as the total number of directors constituting the Board
permits.  The number of directors may be fixed or changed from time to time by
the shareholders or the directors.

    The Board of Directors is authorized to issue the Preferred Shares from
time to time in series and to fix the dividend rate and dividend dates,
liquidation price, redemption rights and redemption prices, sinking fund
requirements, conversion rights, restrictions, if any, on the creation of
indebtedness and on the issuance of such Preferred Shares, and certain other
rights, preferences and limitations.  Each series of Preferred Shares would
rank, with respect to dividends and redemption and liquidation rights, senior to
the Common Shares.  It is not possible to state the actual effect of the
authorization of any series of Preferred Shares upon the rights of holders of
the Common Shares until the Board of Directors determines the rights of the
holders of one or more series of Preferred Shares.  However, such effects could
include (a) restrictions on dividends on the Common Shares, (b) dilution of the
voting power of the Common Shares to the extent that the Voting Preferred Shares
have voting rights or (c) inability of the Common Shares to share in the
Company's assets upon liquidation until satisfaction of any liquidation
preference granted to the Preferred Shares.

    No holders of shares of any class of the Company's capital stock have
pre-emptive rights nor the right to exercise cumulative voting in the election
of directors.

    The transfer agent and registrar of the Common Shares is The Fifth Third
Bank, Corporate Trust Services, 38 Fountain Square Plaza, Cincinnati, Ohio
45236.

CHANGE IN CONTROL

    The following provisions of the Company's Articles and Ohio law might have
the effect of delaying, deferring or preventing a change in control of the
Company and would operate only with respect to an extraordinary corporate
transaction, such as a merger, reorganization, tender offer, sale or transfer of
assets or liquidation involving the Company and certain persons described below.

    Ohio law provides that the approval of two-thirds of the voting power of a
corporation is required to effect mergers and similar transactions, to adopt
amendments to the articles of incorporation of a corporation and to take certain
other significant actions.  Although under Ohio law the articles of
incorporation of a corporation may permit such actions to be taken by a vote
that is less than two-thirds (but not less than a majority), the Company's
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contain such a provision.  The two-thirds voting requirement tends to make
approval of such matters, including further amendments to the Articles,
relatively difficult and a vote of the holders of in excess of one-third of the
outstanding Common Shares of the Company would be sufficient to prevent
implementation of any of the corporate actions mentioned above.  In addition,
Article Fifth classifies the Board of Directors into three classes of directors
with staggered terms of office and the Company's Amended Regulations provide
certain limitations on the removal from and filling of vacancies in the office
of director.

    Article Sixth of the Articles requires that certain minimum price
requirements and procedural safeguards be observed by a person or entity after
he or it becomes the holder of 10% or more of the voting shares of the Company
if such person or entity seeks to effect mergers or certain other business
combinations ("Business Combinations") that could fundamentally change or
eliminate the interests of the remaining shareholders.  If such requirements and
procedures are not complied with, or if the proposed Business Combination is not
approved by at least a majority of the members of the Board of Directors who are
unaffiliated with the new controlling person or entity (taking into account
certain special quorum requirements), the proposed Business Combination must be
approved by the holders of 80% of the outstanding Common Shares and outstanding
Voting Preferred Shares of the Company (collectively, "Voting Shares"), voting
together as a class, notwithstanding any other class vote required by law or by
the Articles.  In the event the price criteria and procedural requirements are
met or the requisite approval by such unaffiliated directors (taking into
account certain special quorum requirements) is given with respect to a
particular Business Combination, the normal voting requirements of Ohio law
would apply.

    In addition, Article Sixth of the Articles provides that the affirmative
vote of the holders of 80% of the Voting Shares, voting as a single class, shall
be required to amend or repeal, or adopt any provisions inconsistent with,
Article Sixth.  An 80% vote is not required to amend or repeal, or adopt a
provision inconsistent with, Article Sixth if the Board of Directors has
recommended such amendment or other change and if, as of the record date for the
determination of shareholders entitled to vote thereon, no person is known by
the Board of Directors to be the beneficial owner of 10% or more of the Voting
Shares, in which event the affirmative vote of the holders of two-thirds of the
Voting Shares, voting as a single class, shall be required to amend or repeal,
or adopt a provision inconsistent with, Article Sixth.

    Ohio, the state of the Company's incorporation, has enacted Ohio Revised
Code Section 1701.831, a "control share acquisition" statute, and Chapter 1704,
a "merger moratorium" statute.  The control share acquisition statute basically
provides that any person acquiring shares of an "issuing public corporation"
(which definition the Company meets) in any of the following three ownership
ranges must seek and obtain shareholder approval of the acquisition transaction
that first puts such ownership within each such range: (i) more than 20% but
less than 33 1/3%; (ii) 33 1/3% but not more than 50%; and (iii) more than 50%.

    The merger moratorium statute provides that, unless a corporation's
articles of incorporation or regulations otherwise provide, an "issuing public
corporation" (which definition the Company meets) may not engage in a "Chapter
1704 transaction" for three years following the date on which a person acquires
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election of directors of the issuing corporation, unless the "Chapter 1704
transaction" is approved by the corporation's board of directors prior to such
voting power acquisition.  A person who acquires such voting power is an
"interested shareholder", and "Chapter 1704 transactions" involve a broad range
of transactions, including mergers, consolidations, combinations, liquidations,
recapitalizations and other transactions between an "issuing public corporation"
and an "interested shareholder" if such transactions involve 5% of the assets or
shares of the "issuing public corporation" or 10% of its earning power.  After
the initial three year moratorium, Chapter 1704 prohibits such transactions
absent approval by disinterested shareholders or the transaction meeting certain
statutorily defined fair price provisions.

    Ohio has also enacted a "greenmailer disgorgement" statute which provides
that a person who announces a control bid must disgorge profits realized by that
person upon the sale of any equity securities within 18 months of the
announcement.

    In addition, Ohio has a "control bid" statute that provides for the
dissemination of certain information and the possibility of a hearing concerning
compliance with law in connection with a proposed acquisition of more than 10%
of any class of equity securities of a corporation, such as the Company, that
has significant contacts with Ohio.

    On March 3, 1997, the Board of Directors of the Company declared a dividend
distribution of one right ("Right") on each of the Company's outstanding Common
Shares to holders of record of the Common Shares at the close of business on May
2, 1997 (the "Record Date").  One Right also will be distributed for each Common
Share issued after May 2, 1997, until the Distribution Date (which is described
in the next paragraph).  Each Right entitles the registered holder to purchase
from the Company a unit ("Unit") consisting of one two-hundredth of a Series A
Preferred Share of the Company (the "Preferred Shares") at a purchase price of
$62.50 per Unit, subject to adjustment (the "Purchase Price").  The terms of the
Rights are more fully described in a Form 8-A for Registration of Certain
Classes of Securities Pursuant to Section 12(b) or (g) of the Securities
Exchange Act of 1934, which has previously been filed with the Securities and
Exchange Commission and is incorporated by reference herein.  See Exhibit 4.1 to
this Registration Statement.

    Initially, the Rights will be attached to all Common Share certificates
representing shares then outstanding, and no separate Rights Certificates will
be distributed.  The Rights will separate from the Common Shares and the
"Distribution Date" will occur upon the earlier of (a) 10 business days
following a public announcement that a person or group of affiliated or
associated persons (an "Acquiring Person") has acquired, or obtained the right
to acquire, beneficial ownership of 15% or more of the outstanding Common Shares
or (b) 10 business days following the commencement of a tender offer or exchange
offer that would if consummated result in a person or group beneficially owning
15% or more of the outstanding Common Shares.

    The Rights are not exercisable until the Distribution Date and will expire
at the close of business on May 2, 2007, unless earlier redeemed by the Company
as described below.

    After the Distribution Date, the separate Rights Certificates alone will
represent the Rights.  Except for certain issuances in connection with
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securities and as otherwise determined by the Board of Directors, only Common
Shares issued prior to the Distribution Date will be issued with Rights.

    If a person becomes the beneficial owner of 15% or more of the Common
Shares ("Flip-In Event"), each holder of a Right will have the right to receive,
upon exercise, Common Shares having a value equal to two times the Purchase
Price of the Right.  Moreover, the Rights will not be exercisable until the
Rights are no longer redeemable as described below.  The Acquiring Person would
not be permitted to exercise any Rights and any Rights held by such person (or
certain transferees of such person) will be null and void and non-transferable.

    If, following the Distribution Date, the Company is acquired in certain
specified mergers or other business combinations (i.e., the Company does not
survive or its Common Shares are changed or exchanged), or 50% or more of its
assets or earning power (on a consolidated basis) is sold or transferred in one
transaction or a series of related transactions ("Flip-Over Events"), each Right
becomes a Right to acquire common stock of the other party to the transaction
(or its ultimate parent in certain circumstances) having a value equal to two
times the Purchase Price.  As an enforcement mechanism, the Rights Agreement
prohibits the Company from entering into any such transaction unless the other
party agrees to comply with the provisions of the Rights.  

    In general, the Company may redeem the Rights in whole, but not in part, at
a price of $0.005 per Right, at any time prior to a Flip-In Event.  Immediately
upon the action of the Board of Directors ordering redemption of the Rights, the
Rights will terminate and the only right of the holders of Rights will be to
receive the $0.005 redemption price.

    Until a Right is exercised, the holder thereof, as such, will have no
rights as a shareholder of the Company, including, without limitation, the right
to vote or to receive dividends.

    The issuance of the Rights may have certain anti-takeover effects and
possible disadvantages.  The Rights will cause substantial dilution to a person
or group who attempts to acquire the Company or a significant Common Share
ownership interest without conditioning the offer on the Rights being redeemed
or a substantial number of Rights being acquired.  Accordingly, an Acquiring
Person might decide not to acquire the Company or such an interest, although
individual shareholders may view such an acquisition favorably.  In addition, to
the extent that issuance of the Rights discourages takeovers that would result
in a change in the Company's management or Board of Directors, such a change
will be less likely to occur.  The Board of Directors believes, however, that
the advantages of discouraging potentially discriminatory and abusive takeover
practices outweigh any potential disadvantages of the Rights.  The Rights should
not interfere with any merger or other Business Combination approved by the
Board of Directors.  The Rights are designed to protect shareholders against
unsolicited attempts to acquire control of the Company, whether through
accumulation of Common Shares in the open market or partial or two-tier tender
offers, that do not offer a fair price to all shareholders.


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ITEM 5.  INTERESTS OF NAMES EXPERTS AND COUNSEL.

    Not applicable.


ITEM 6.  INDEMNIFICATION OF DIRECTORS AND OFFICERS.

    There are no provisions in the Company's Amended Articles of Incorporation
by which an officer or director  may be indemnified against any liability which
he or she may incur in his or her capacity as such.  However, the Company has
indemnification provisions in its Amended Regulations which provide the Company
will, to the full extent permitted by Ohio law, indemnify all persons whom it
may indemnify thereto.

    Reference is made to Section 1701.13(E) of the Ohio Revised Code which
provides for indemnification of directors and officers in certain circumstances.

    The foregoing references are necessarily subject to the complete text of
the Amended Regulations and the statute referred to above and are qualified in
their entirety by reference thereto.

    The Company provides liability insurance for its directors and officers for
certain losses arising from certain claims and charges, including claims and
charges under the Securities Act of 1933, which may be made against such persons
while acting in their capacities as directors and officers of the Company.


ITEM 7.  EXEMPTION FROM REGISTRATION CLAIMED.

    Not applicable.


ITEM 8.  EXHIBITS.

    The Exhibits filed as part of this Registration Statement are described in
the Exhibit Index included in this filing.


ITEM 9.  UNDERTAKINGS.

(1) The undersigned registrant hereby undertakes:

    (a)  To file, during any period in which offers or sales of the securities
         registered hereunder are being made, a post-effective amendment to
         this registration statement:


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    (i)  To include any prospectus required by Section 10(a)(3) of the
         Securities Act of 1933;

   (ii)  To reflect in the prospectus any facts or events arising after the
         effective date of this registration statement (or the most recent
         post-effective amendment thereof) which, individually or in the
         aggregate, represent a fundamental change in the information set forth
         in the registration statement;

  (iii)  To include any material information with respect to the plan of
         distribution not previously disclosed in this registration statement
         or any material change to such information in the registration
         statement;

    provided; however, that this undertaking will only apply to the extent that
    the information in clauses (i) - (ii) hereof is not contained in periodic
    reports filed by the registrant pursuant to Section 13 or Section 15(d) of
    the Exchange Act that are incorporated by reference in this registration
    statement.

    (b)  That, for the purpose of determining any liability under the
         Securities Act of 1933, each such post-effective amendment shall be
         deemed to be a new registration statement relating to the securities
         offered therein, and the offering of such securities at that time
         shall be deemed to be the initial bona fide offering thereof.

    (c)  To remove from registration by means of a post-effective amendment any
         of the securities being registered which remain unsold at the
         termination of the offering.

    (2)  The undersigned registrant hereby undertakes that, for purposes of
determining any liability under the Securities Act of 1933, each filing of the
registrant's annual report pursuant to Section 13(a) or Section 15(d) of the
Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (and, where applicable, each filing of an
employee benefit plan's annual report pursuant to Section 15(d) of the
Securities Exchange Act of 1934) that is incorporated by reference in the
registration statement shall be deemed to be a new registration statement
relating to the securities offered therein, and the offering of such securities
at that time shall be deemed to be the initial bona fide offering thereof.

    (3)  Insofar as indemnification for liabilities arising under the
Securities Act of 1933 may be permitted to directors, officers and controlling
persons of the registrant pursuant to the foregoing provisions, or otherwise,
the registrant has been advised that in the opinion of the Securities and
Exchange Commission such indemnification is against public policy as expressed
in the Securities Act and is therefore unenforceable.  In the event that a claim
for indemnification against such liabilities (other than the payment by the
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incurred or paid by a director, officer or controlling person of the registrant
in the successful defense of any action, suit or proceeding) is asserted by such
director, officer or controlling person in connection with the securities being
registered, the registrant will, unless in the opinion of its counsel the matter
has been settled by controlling precedent, submit to a court of appropriate
jurisdiction the question whether such indemnification is against public policy
as expressed in the Securities Act and will be governed by the final
adjudication of such issues.


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                             SIGNATURES

    Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Act of 1933, the Company
certifies that it has reasonable grounds to believe that it meets all of the
requirements for filing on Form S-8 and has duly caused this Registration
Statement to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned, thereunto duly
authorized, in the City of Cincinnati and State of Ohio, on the 30th day of
May, 1997.

                                  CINCINNATI BELL INC.


                                  By /s/ Brian C. Henry
                                     ________________________________
                                      Brian C. Henry
                                      Executive Vice President and 
                                      Chief Financial Officer

    Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Act of 1933, this
Registration Statement has been signed below by the following persons in the
capacities and on the date indicated.

Principal Executive Officer:

/s/ John T. LaMacchia
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John T. LaMacchia
President and Chief Executive Officer

Principal Accounting and Financial Officer

/s/ Brian C. Henry
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Brian C. Henry
Executive Vice President and 
Chief Financial Officer

Directors:

John F. Barrett
Phillip R. Cox
William A. Friedlander
Roger L. Howe
Robert P. Hummel, M.D.
James D. Kiggen
John T. LaMacchia
Charles S. Mechem, Jr.
Mary D. Nelson


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James F. Orr
Brian H. Rowe
David B. Sharrock

                                  By: /s/ Brian C. Henry
                                     ------------------------------------
                                      Brian C. Henry as attorney in fact
                                      for each Director and on his own
                                      behalf as Principal Accounting and
                                      Financial Officer

                                  May 30, 1997



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                                EXHIBIT INDEX

Exhibit       Description                                            Page

3.1      The Company's Amended Articles of Incorporation are hereby
         incorporated by reference to Exhibit 3.1 to the Registration Statement
         on Form S-8 for the Cincinnati Bell Inc. 1997 Long Term Incentive 
         Plan filed on June 3, 1997  

3.2      The Company's Amended Regulations are hereby incorporated by reference
         to Exhibit 3.2 to the Registration Statement on Form S-8 for the
         Cincinnati Bell Inc. 1997 Long Term Incentive Plan filed on June 3,
         1997 

4.1      The Company's Rights Agreement is hereby incorporated by reference to
         Exhibit 4.1 to the Registration Statement on Form 8A filed on May 1,
         1997      

5        Opinion of Frost & Jacobs LLP 

23.1     Consent of Frost & Jacobs LLP (contained in Exhibit 5) 


23.2     Consent of Coopers & Lybrand L.L.P.     

24       Powers of Attorney  

24.1     Cincinnati Bell Inc. 1997 Stock Option Plan for Non-Employee Directors


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Frost & Jacobs
2500 PNC Center
201 East Fourth Street
Cincinnati OH  45201-5715
513-651-6800


June 3, 1997

Cincinnati Bell Inc.
201 East Fourth Street
Cincinnati, Ohio 45202

Re: Cincinnati Bell Inc. Form S-8 Registration Statement
    1997 STOCK OPTION PLAN FOR NON-EMPLOYEE DIRECTORS 

Gentlemen:

We are counsel for Cincinnati Bell Inc., an Ohio corporation (the "Company"),
which is named as the registrant in the Registration Statement on Form S-8 which
is being filed on or about June 3, 1997 with the Securities and Exchange
Commission (the "Commission") for the purpose of registering under the
Securities Act of 1933, as amended (the "Act"), 600,000 common shares, par value
$1.00 per share (the "Common Shares"), of the Company offered pursuant to the
1997 Cincinnati Bell Inc. Stock Option Plan for Non-Employee Directors (the
"Plan").

As counsel for the Company, we have participated in the preparation of the
Registration Statement.  In addition, we are generally familiar with the records
and proceedings of the Company.  Furthermore, we have examined and relied on the
originals or copies, certified or otherwise identified to our satisfaction, of
corporate records or documents of the Company and such representations of
officers of the Company
 as we have deemed appropriate.

With respect to the Common Shares registered pursuant to such Registration
Statement as filed and as it may be amended, it is our opinion the Common Shares
when issued and paid for pursuant to the options to be granted pursuant to the
Plan will be validly issued, fully paid and non-assessable.

We hereby consent to the filing of this opinion with the Commission.

Very truly yours,

/s/ Frost & Jacobs




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                                                                   EXHIBIT 23.2






CONSENT OF INDEPENDENT ACCOUNTANTS


We consent to the incorporation by reference in this registration statement 
on Form S-8 of our report dated February 14, 1997, on our audits of the 
consolidated financial statements and financial statement schedules of 
Cincinnati Bell Inc. and subsidiaries as of December 31, 1996 and 1995, and 
for each of the three years in the period ended December 31, 1996.



/s/ Coopers & Lybrand L.L.P.



Coopers & Lybrand, L.L.P.
Cincinnati, Ohio
May 30, 1997






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                          POWER OF ATTORNEY


KNOW ALL MEN BY THESE PRESENTS:

         WHEREAS, CINCINNATI BELL INC., AN OHIO CORPORATION (HEREINAFTER
REFERRED TO AS THE "COMPANY"), PROPOSES SHORTLY TO FILE WITH THE SECURITIES AND
EXCHANGE COMMISSION UNDER THE PROVISIONS OF THE SECURITIES ACT OF 1933, AS
AMENDED, AND THE RULES AND REGULATIONS THEREUNDER, A REGISTRATION STATEMENT FOR
THE CINCINNATI BELL INC. 1997 STOCK OPTION PLAN FOR NON-EMPLOYEE DIRECTORS ON
FORM S-8; AND

         WHEREAS, THE UNDERSIGNED IS A DIRECTOR OF THE COMPANY;

         NOW, THEREFORE, THE UNDERSIGNED HEREBY CONSTITUTES AND APPOINTS JOHN
T. LAMACCHIA, BRIAN C. HENRY, WILLIAM H. ZIMMER III AND WILLIAM D. BASKETT III,
AND EACH OF THEM SINGLY, HIS ATTORNEYS FOR HIM AND IN HIS NAME, PLACE AND STEAD,
AND IN HIS OFFICE AND CAPACITY IN THE COMPANY, TO EXECUTE AND FILE SUCH
REGISTRATION STATEMENT ON FORM S-8, AND THEREAFTER TO EXECUTE AND FILE ANY
AMENDMENTS OR SUPPLEMENTS THERETO, HEREBY GIVING AND GRANTING TO SAID ATTORNEYS
FULL POWER AND AUTHORITY TO DO AND PERFORM ALL AND EVERY ACT AND THING
WHATSOEVER REQUISITE AND NECESSARY TO BE DONE IN AND ABOUT THE PREMISES AS FULLY
TO ALL INTENTS AND PURPOSES AS HE MIGHT OR COULD DO IF PERSONALLY PRESENT AT THE
DOING THEREOF, HEREBY RATIFYING AND CONFIRMING ALL
 THAT SAID ATTORNEYS MAY OR
SHALL LAWFULLY DO OR CAUSE TO BE DONE BY VIRTUE HEREOF.

         IN WITNESS WHEREOF, THE UNDERSIGNED HAS HEREUNTO SET HIS HAND THIS
30TH DAY OF MAY, 1997.

                             /s/ John F. Barrett
                             ________________________________
                             JOHN F. BARRETT
                             DIRECTOR


STATE OF OHIO      )
                   ) SS:
COUNTY OF HAMILTON )

         ON THE 30TH DAY OF MAY, 1997, PERSONALLY APPEARED BEFORE ME JOHN F.
BARRETT, TO ME KNOWN AND KNOWN TO ME TO BE THE PERSON DESCRIBED IN AND WHO
EXECUTED THE FOREGOING INSTRUMENT, AND HE DULY ACKNOWLEDGED TO ME THAT HE
EXECUTED AND DELIVERED THE SAME FOR THE PURPOSES THEREIN EXPRESSED.

         WITNESS MY HAND AND OFFICIAL SEAL THIS 30TH DAY OF MAY, 1997.


                             /s/ Mary Janet Edwards
                             ______________________
                              NOTARY PUBLIC 



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                          POWER OF ATTORNEY


KNOW ALL MEN BY THESE PRESENTS:

         WHEREAS, CINCINNATI BELL INC., AN OHIO CORPORATION (HEREINAFTER
REFERRED TO AS THE "COMPANY"), PROPOSES SHORTLY TO FILE WITH THE SECURITIES AND
EXCHANGE COMMISSION UNDER THE PROVISIONS OF THE SECURITIES ACT OF 1933, AS
AMENDED, AND THE RULES AND REGULATIONS THEREUNDER, A REGISTRATION STATEMENT FOR
THE CINCINNATI BELL INC. 1997 STOCK OPTION PLAN FOR NON-EMPLOYEE DIRECTORS ON
FORM S-8; AND

         WHEREAS, THE UNDERSIGNED IS A DIRECTOR OF THE COMPANY;

         NOW, THEREFORE, THE UNDERSIGNED HEREBY CONSTITUTES AND APPOINTS JOHN
T. LAMACCHIA, BRIAN C. HENRY, WILLIAM H. ZIMMER III AND WILLIAM D. BASKETT III,
AND EACH OF THEM SINGLY, HIS ATTORNEYS FOR HIM AND IN HIS NAME, PLACE AND STEAD,
AND IN HIS OFFICE AND CAPACITY IN THE COMPANY, TO EXECUTE AND FILE SUCH
REGISTRATION STATEMENT ON FORM S-8, AND THEREAFTER TO EXECUTE AND FILE ANY
AMENDMENTS OR SUPPLEMENTS THERETO, HEREBY GIVING AND GRANTING TO SAID ATTORNEYS
FULL POWER AND AUTHORITY TO DO AND PERFORM ALL AND EVERY ACT AND THING
WHATSOEVER REQUISITE AND NECESSARY TO BE DONE IN AND ABOUT THE PREMISES AS FULLY
TO ALL INTENTS AND PURPOSES AS HE MIGHT OR COULD DO IF PERSONALLY PRESENT AT THE
DOING THEREOF, HEREBY RATIFYING AND CONFIRMING ALL THAT SAID ATTORNEYS MAY OR
SHALL LAWFULLY DO OR CAUSE TO BE DONE BY VIRTUE HEREOF.

         IN WITNESS WHEREOF, THE UNDERSIGNED HAS HEREUNTO SET HIS HAND THIS
30TH DAY OF MAY, 1997.
                                       
                             /s/ Phillip R. Cox
                             ________________________________
                             PHILLIP R. COX                               
                             DIRECTOR


STATE OF OHIO      )
                   ) SS:
COUNTY OF HAMILTON )

         ON THE 30TH DAY OF MAY, 1997, PERSONALLY APPEARED BEFORE ME PHILLIP R.
COX, TO ME KNOWN AND KNOWN TO ME TO BE THE PERSON DESCRIBED IN AND WHO EXECUTED
THE FOREGOING INSTRUMENT, AND HE DULY ACKNOWLEDGED TO ME THAT HE EXECUTED AND
DELIVERED THE SAME FOR THE PURPOSES THEREIN EXPRESSED.

         WITNESS MY HAND AND OFFICIAL SEAL THIS 30TH DAY OF MAY, 1997.


                             /s/ Mary Janet Edwards
                             ______________________
                              NOTARY PUBLIC 



<PAGE>

                          POWER OF ATTORNEY


KNOW ALL MEN BY THESE PRESENTS:

         WHEREAS, CINCINNATI BELL INC., AN OHIO CORPORATION (HEREINAFTER
REFERRED TO AS THE "COMPANY"), PROPOSES SHORTLY TO FILE WITH THE SECURITIES AND
EXCHANGE COMMISSION UNDER THE PROVISIONS OF THE SECURITIES ACT OF 1933, AS
AMENDED, AND THE RULES AND REGULATIONS THEREUNDER, A REGISTRATION STATEMENT FOR
THE CINCINNATI BELL INC. 1997 STOCK OPTION PLAN FOR NON-EMPLOYEE DIRECTORS ON
FORM S-8; AND

         WHEREAS, THE UNDERSIGNED IS A DIRECTOR OF THE COMPANY;

         NOW, THEREFORE, THE UNDERSIGNED HEREBY CONSTITUTES AND APPOINTS JOHN
T. LAMACCHIA, BRIAN C. HENRY, WILLIAM H. ZIMMER III AND WILLIAM D. BASKETT III,
AND EACH OF THEM SINGLY, HIS ATTORNEYS FOR HIM AND IN HIS NAME, PLACE AND STEAD,
AND IN HIS OFFICE AND CAPACITY IN THE COMPANY, TO EXECUTE AND FILE SUCH
REGISTRATION STATEMENT ON FORM S-8, AND THEREAFTER TO EXECUTE AND FILE ANY
AMENDMENTS OR SUPPLEMENTS THERETO, HEREBY GIVING AND GRANTING TO SAID ATTORNEYS
FULL POWER AND AUTHORITY TO DO AND PERFORM ALL AND EVERY ACT AND THING
WHATSOEVER REQUISITE AND NECESSARY TO BE DONE IN AND ABOUT THE PREMISES AS FULLY
TO ALL INTENTS AND PURPOSES AS HE MIGHT OR COULD DO IF PERSONALLY PRESENT AT THE
DOING THEREOF, HEREBY RATIFYING AND CONFIRMING ALL THAT SAID ATTORNEYS MAY OR
SHALL LAWFULLY DO OR CAUSE TO BE DONE BY VIRTUE HEREOF.

         IN WITNESS WHEREOF, THE UNDERSIGNED HAS HEREUNTO SET HIS HAND THIS
30TH DAY OF MAY, 1997.
                                       
                            /s/ James F. Orr
                             ________________________________
                             JAMES F. ORR                                 
                             DIRECTOR


STATE OF OHIO      )
                   ) SS:
COUNTY OF HAMILTON )

         ON THE 30TH DAY OF MAY, 1997, PERSONALLY APPEARED BEFORE ME JAMES F.
ORR, TO ME KNOWN AND KNOWN TO ME TO BE THE PERSON DESCRIBED IN AND WHO EXECUTED
THE FOREGOING INSTRUMENT, AND HE DULY ACKNOWLEDGED TO ME THAT HE EXECUTED AND
DELIVERED THE SAME FOR THE PURPOSES THEREIN EXPRESSED.

         WITNESS MY HAND AND OFFICIAL SEAL THIS 30TH DAY OF MAY, 1997.


                             /s/ Mary Janet Edwards
                             ______________________
                              NOTARY PUBLIC 


<PAGE>

                          POWER OF ATTORNEY


KNOW ALL MEN BY THESE PRESENTS:

         WHEREAS, CINCINNATI BELL INC., AN OHIO CORPORATION (HEREINAFTER
REFERRED TO AS THE "COMPANY"), PROPOSES SHORTLY TO FILE WITH THE SECURITIES AND
EXCHANGE COMMISSION UNDER THE PROVISIONS OF THE SECURITIES ACT OF 1933, AS
AMENDED, AND THE RULES AND REGULATIONS THEREUNDER, A REGISTRATION STATEMENT FOR
THE CINCINNATI BELL INC. 1997 STOCK OPTION PLAN FOR NON-EMPLOYEE DIRECTORS ON
FORM S-8; AND

         WHEREAS, THE UNDERSIGNED IS A DIRECTOR OF THE COMPANY;

         NOW, THEREFORE, THE UNDERSIGNED HEREBY CONSTITUTES AND APPOINTS JOHN
T. LAMACCHIA, BRIAN C. HENRY, WILLIAM H. ZIMMER III AND WILLIAM D. BASKETT III,
AND EACH OF THEM SINGLY, HIS ATTORNEYS FOR HIM AND IN HIS NAME, PLACE AND STEAD,
AND IN HIS OFFICE AND CAPACITY IN THE COMPANY, TO EXECUTE AND FILE SUCH
REGISTRATION STATEMENT ON FORM S-8, AND THEREAFTER TO EXECUTE AND FILE ANY
AMENDMENTS OR SUPPLEMENTS THERETO, HEREBY GIVING AND GRANTING TO SAID ATTORNEYS
FULL POWER AND AUTHORITY TO DO AND PERFORM ALL AND EVERY ACT AND THING
WHATSOEVER REQUISITE AND NECESSARY TO BE DONE IN AND ABOUT THE PREMISES AS FULLY
TO ALL INTENTS AND PURPOSES AS HE MIGHT OR COULD DO IF PERSONALLY PRESENT AT THE
DOING THEREOF, HEREBY RATIFYING AND CONFIRMING ALL THAT SAID ATTORNEYS MAY OR
SHALL LAWFULLY DO OR CAUSE TO BE DONE BY VIRTUE HEREOF.

         IN WITNESS WHEREOF, THE UNDERSIGNED HAS HEREUNTO SET HIS HAND THIS
30TH DAY OF MAY, 1997.

                             /s/ Brian H. Rowe
                             ________________________________
                             BRIAN H. ROWE
                             DIRECTOR


STATE OF OHIO      )
                   ) SS:
COUNTY OF HAMILTON )

         ON THE 30TH DAY OF MAY, 1997, PERSONALLY APPEARED BEFORE ME BRIAN H.
ROWE, TO ME KNOWN AND KNOWN TO ME TO BE THE PERSON DESCRIBED IN AND WHO EXECUTED
THE FOREGOING INSTRUMENT, AND HE DULY ACKNOWLEDGED TO ME THAT HE EXECUTED AND
DELIVERED THE SAME FOR THE PURPOSES THEREIN EXPRESSED.

         WITNESS MY HAND AND OFFICIAL SEAL THIS 30TH DAY OF MAY, 1997.


                             /s/ Mary Janet Edwards
                             ______________________
                              NOTARY PUBLIC 

<PAGE>

                          POWER OF ATTORNEY


KNOW ALL MEN BY THESE PRESENTS:

         WHEREAS, CINCINNATI BELL INC., AN OHIO CORPORATION (HEREINAFTER
REFERRED TO AS THE "COMPANY"), PROPOSES SHORTLY TO FILE WITH THE SECURITIES AND
EXCHANGE COMMISSION UNDER THE PROVISIONS OF THE SECURITIES ACT OF 1933, AS
AMENDED, AND THE RULES AND REGULATIONS THEREUNDER, A REGISTRATION STATEMENT FOR
THE CINCINNATI BELL INC. 1997 STOCK OPTION PLAN FOR NON-EMPLOYEE DIRECTORS ON
FORM S-8; AND

         WHEREAS, THE UNDERSIGNED IS A DIRECTOR OF THE COMPANY;

         NOW, THEREFORE, THE UNDERSIGNED HEREBY CONSTITUTES AND APPOINTS JOHN
T. LAMACCHIA, BRIAN C. HENRY, WILLIAM H. ZIMMER III AND WILLIAM D. BASKETT III,
AND EACH OF THEM SINGLY, HIS ATTORNEYS FOR HIM AND IN HIS NAME, PLACE AND STEAD,
AND IN HIS OFFICE AND CAPACITY IN THE COMPANY, TO EXECUTE AND FILE SUCH
REGISTRATION STATEMENT ON FORM S-8, AND THEREAFTER TO EXECUTE AND FILE ANY
AMENDMENTS OR SUPPLEMENTS THERETO, HEREBY GIVING AND GRANTING TO SAID ATTORNEYS
FULL POWER AND AUTHORITY TO DO AND PERFORM ALL AND EVERY ACT AND THING
WHATSOEVER REQUISITE AND NECESSARY TO BE DONE IN AND ABOUT THE PREMISES AS FULLY
TO ALL INTENTS AND PURPOSES AS HE MIGHT OR COULD DO IF PERSONALLY PRESENT AT THE
DOING THEREOF, HEREBY RATIFYING AND CONFIRMING ALL THAT SAID ATTORNEYS MAY OR
SHALL LAWFULLY DO OR CAUSE TO BE DONE BY VIRTUE HEREOF.

         IN WITNESS WHEREOF, THE UNDERSIGNED HAS HEREUNTO SET HIS HAND THIS
30TH DAY OF MAY, 1997.

                             /s/ David B. Sharrock
                             ________________________________
                             DAVID B. SHARROCK
                             DIRECTOR


STATE OF OHIO      )
                   ) SS:
COUNTY OF HAMILTON )

         ON THE 30TH DAY OF MAY, 1997, PERSONALLY APPEARED BEFORE ME DAVID B.
SHARROCK, TO ME KNOWN AND KNOWN TO ME TO BE THE PERSON DESCRIBED IN AND WHO
EXECUTED THE FOREGOING INSTRUMENT, AND HE DULY ACKNOWLEDGED TO ME THAT HE
EXECUTED AND DELIVERED THE SAME FOR THE PURPOSES THEREIN EXPRESSED.

         WITNESS MY HAND AND OFFICIAL SEAL THIS 30TH DAY OF MAY, 1997.


                             /s/ Mary Janet Edwards
                             ______________________
                              NOTARY PUBLIC 

<PAGE>

                          POWER OF ATTORNEY


KNOW ALL MEN BY THESE PRESENTS:

         WHEREAS, CINCINNATI BELL INC., AN OHIO CORPORATION (HEREINAFTER
REFERRED TO AS THE "COMPANY"), PROPOSES SHORTLY TO FILE WITH THE SECURITIES AND
EXCHANGE COMMISSION UNDER THE PROVISIONS OF THE SECURITIES ACT OF 1933, AS
AMENDED, AND THE RULES AND REGULATIONS THEREUNDER, A REGISTRATION STATEMENT FOR
THE CINCINNATI BELL INC. 1997 STOCK OPTION PLAN FOR NON-EMPLOYEE DIRECTORS ON
FORM S-8; AND

         WHEREAS, THE UNDERSIGNED IS A DIRECTOR OF THE COMPANY;

         NOW, THEREFORE, THE UNDERSIGNED HEREBY CONSTITUTES AND APPOINTS JOHN
T. LAMACCHIA, BRIAN C. HENRY, WILLIAM H. ZIMMER III AND WILLIAM D. BASKETT III,
AND EACH OF THEM SINGLY, HIS ATTORNEYS FOR HIM AND IN HIS NAME, PLACE AND STEAD,
AND IN HIS OFFICE AND CAPACITY IN THE COMPANY, TO EXECUTE AND FILE SUCH
REGISTRATION STATEMENT ON FORM S-8, AND THEREAFTER TO EXECUTE AND FILE ANY
AMENDMENTS OR SUPPLEMENTS THERETO, HEREBY GIVING AND GRANTING TO SAID ATTORNEYS
FULL POWER AND AUTHORITY TO DO AND PERFORM ALL AND EVERY ACT AND THING
WHATSOEVER REQUISITE AND NECESSARY TO BE DONE IN AND ABOUT THE PREMISES AS FULLY
TO ALL INTENTS AND PURPOSES AS HE MIGHT OR COULD DO IF PERSONALLY PRESENT AT THE
DOING THEREOF, HEREBY RATIFYING AND CONFIRMING ALL THAT SAID ATTORNEYS MAY OR
SHALL LAWFULLY DO OR CAUSE TO BE DONE BY VIRTUE HEREOF.

         IN WITNESS WHEREOF, THE UNDERSIGNED HAS HEREUNTO SET HIS HAND THIS
30TH DAY OF MAY, 1997.

                             /s/ William A. Friedlander
                             ________________________________
                             WILLIAM A. FRIEDLANDER
                             DIRECTOR


STATE OF OHIO      )
                   ) SS:
COUNTY OF HAMILTON )

         ON THE 30TH DAY OF MAY, 1997, PERSONALLY APPEARED BEFORE ME JOHN F.
BARRETT, TO ME KNOWN AND KNOWN TO ME TO BE THE PERSON DESCRIBED IN AND WHO
EXECUTED THE FOREGOING INSTRUMENT, AND HE DULY ACKNOWLEDGED TO ME THAT HE
EXECUTED AND DELIVERED THE SAME FOR THE PURPOSES THEREIN EXPRESSED.

         WITNESS MY HAND AND OFFICIAL SEAL THIS 30TH DAY OF MAY, 1997.


                             /s/ Mary Janet Edwards
                             ______________________
                              NOTARY PUBLIC 



<PAGE>

                          POWER OF ATTORNEY


KNOW ALL MEN BY THESE PRESENTS:

         WHEREAS, CINCINNATI BELL INC., AN OHIO CORPORATION (HEREINAFTER
REFERRED TO AS THE "COMPANY"), PROPOSES SHORTLY TO FILE WITH THE SECURITIES AND
EXCHANGE COMMISSION UNDER THE PROVISIONS OF THE SECURITIES ACT OF 1933, AS
AMENDED, AND THE RULES AND REGULATIONS THEREUNDER, A REGISTRATION STATEMENT FOR
THE CINCINNATI BELL INC. 1997 STOCK OPTION PLAN FOR NON-EMPLOYEE DIRECTORS ON
FORM S-8; AND

         WHEREAS, THE UNDERSIGNED IS A DIRECTOR OF THE COMPANY;

         NOW, THEREFORE, THE UNDERSIGNED HEREBY CONSTITUTES AND APPOINTS JOHN
T. LAMACCHIA, BRIAN C. HENRY, WILLIAM H. ZIMMER III AND WILLIAM D. BASKETT III,
AND EACH OF THEM SINGLY, HIS ATTORNEYS FOR HIM AND IN HIS NAME, PLACE AND STEAD,
AND IN HIS OFFICE AND CAPACITY IN THE COMPANY, TO EXECUTE AND FILE SUCH
REGISTRATION STATEMENT ON FORM S-8, AND THEREAFTER TO EXECUTE AND FILE ANY
AMENDMENTS OR SUPPLEMENTS THERETO, HEREBY GIVING AND GRANTING TO SAID ATTORNEYS
FULL POWER AND AUTHORITY TO DO AND PERFORM ALL AND EVERY ACT AND THING
WHATSOEVER REQUISITE AND NECESSARY TO BE DONE IN AND ABOUT THE PREMISES AS FULLY
TO ALL INTENTS AND PURPOSES AS HE MIGHT OR COULD DO IF PERSONALLY PRESENT AT THE
DOING THEREOF, HEREBY RATIFYING AND CONFIRMING ALL THAT SAID ATTORNEYS MAY OR
SHALL LAWFULLY DO OR CAUSE TO BE DONE BY VIRTUE HEREOF.

         IN WITNESS WHEREOF, THE UNDERSIGNED HAS HEREUNTO SET HIS HAND THIS
30TH DAY OF MAY, 1997.
                                       
                             /s/ Roger L. Howe
                             ________________________________
                             ROGER L. HOWE
                             DIRECTOR


STATE OF OHIO      )
                   ) SS:
COUNTY OF HAMILTON )

         ON THE 30TH DAY OF MAY, 1997, PERSONALLY APPEARED BEFORE ME ROGER L.
HOWE, TO ME KNOWN AND KNOWN TO ME TO BE THE PERSON DESCRIBED IN AND WHO EXECUTED
THE FOREGOING INSTRUMENT, AND HE DULY ACKNOWLEDGED TO ME THAT HE EXECUTED AND
DELIVERED THE SAME FOR THE PURPOSES THEREIN EXPRESSED.

         WITNESS MY HAND AND OFFICIAL SEAL THIS 30TH DAY OF MAY, 1997.


                             /s/ Mary Janet Edwards
                             ______________________
                              NOTARY PUBLIC 



<PAGE>

                          POWER OF ATTORNEY


KNOW ALL MEN BY THESE PRESENTS:

         WHEREAS, CINCINNATI BELL INC., AN OHIO CORPORATION (HEREINAFTER
REFERRED TO AS THE "COMPANY"), PROPOSES SHORTLY TO FILE WITH THE SECURITIES AND
EXCHANGE COMMISSION UNDER THE PROVISIONS OF THE SECURITIES ACT OF 1933, AS
AMENDED, AND THE RULES AND REGULATIONS THEREUNDER, A REGISTRATION STATEMENT FOR
THE CINCINNATI BELL INC. 1997 STOCK OPTION PLAN FOR NON-EMPLOYEE DIRECTORS ON
FORM S-8; AND

         WHEREAS, THE UNDERSIGNED IS A DIRECTOR OF THE COMPANY;

         NOW, THEREFORE, THE UNDERSIGNED HEREBY CONSTITUTES AND APPOINTS JOHN
T. LAMACCHIA, BRIAN C. HENRY, WILLIAM H. ZIMMER III AND WILLIAM D. BASKETT III,
AND EACH OF THEM SINGLY, HIS ATTORNEYS FOR HIM AND IN HIS NAME, PLACE AND STEAD,
AND IN HIS OFFICE AND CAPACITY IN THE COMPANY, TO EXECUTE AND FILE SUCH
REGISTRATION STATEMENT ON FORM S-8, AND THEREAFTER TO EXECUTE AND FILE ANY
AMENDMENTS OR SUPPLEMENTS THERETO, HEREBY GIVING AND GRANTING TO SAID ATTORNEYS
FULL POWER AND AUTHORITY TO DO AND PERFORM ALL AND EVERY ACT AND THING
WHATSOEVER REQUISITE AND NECESSARY TO BE DONE IN AND ABOUT THE PREMISES AS FULLY
TO ALL INTENTS AND PURPOSES AS HE MIGHT OR COULD DO IF PERSONALLY PRESENT AT THE
DOING THEREOF, HEREBY RATIFYING AND CONFIRMING ALL THAT SAID ATTORNEYS MAY OR
SHALL LAWFULLY DO OR CAUSE TO BE DONE BY VIRTUE HEREOF.

         IN WITNESS WHEREOF, THE UNDERSIGNED HAS HEREUNTO SET HIS HAND THIS
30TH DAY OF MAY, 1997.

                             /s/ Robert P. Hummel
                             ________________________________
                             ROBERT P. HUMMEL
                             DIRECTOR


STATE OF OHIO      )
                   ) SS:
COUNTY OF HAMILTON )

         ON THE 30TH DAY OF MAY, 1997, PERSONALLY APPEARED BEFORE ME ROBERT P.
HUMMEL, TO ME KNOWN AND KNOWN TO ME TO BE THE PERSON DESCRIBED IN AND WHO
EXECUTED THE FOREGOING INSTRUMENT, AND HE DULY ACKNOWLEDGED TO ME THAT HE
EXECUTED AND DELIVERED THE SAME FOR THE PURPOSES THEREIN EXPRESSED.

         WITNESS MY HAND AND OFFICIAL SEAL THIS 30TH DAY OF MAY, 1997.


                             /s/ Mary Janet Edwards
                             ______________________
                              NOTARY PUBLIC 



<PAGE>

                          POWER OF ATTORNEY


KNOW ALL MEN BY THESE PRESENTS:

         WHEREAS, CINCINNATI BELL INC., AN OHIO CORPORATION (HEREINAFTER
REFERRED TO AS THE "COMPANY"), PROPOSES SHORTLY TO FILE WITH THE SECURITIES AND
EXCHANGE COMMISSION UNDER THE PROVISIONS OF THE SECURITIES ACT OF 1933, AS
AMENDED, AND THE RULES AND REGULATIONS THEREUNDER, A REGISTRATION STATEMENT FOR
THE CINCINNATI BELL INC. 1997 STOCK OPTION PLAN FOR NON-EMPLOYEE DIRECTORS ON
FORM S-8; AND

         WHEREAS, THE UNDERSIGNED IS A DIRECTOR OF THE COMPANY;

         NOW, THEREFORE, THE UNDERSIGNED HEREBY CONSTITUTES AND APPOINTS JOHN
T. LAMACCHIA, BRIAN C. HENRY, WILLIAM H. ZIMMER III AND WILLIAM D. BASKETT III,
AND EACH OF THEM SINGLY, HIS ATTORNEYS FOR HIM AND IN HIS NAME, PLACE AND STEAD,
AND IN HIS OFFICE AND CAPACITY IN THE COMPANY, TO EXECUTE AND FILE SUCH
REGISTRATION STATEMENT ON FORM S-8, AND THEREAFTER TO EXECUTE AND FILE ANY
AMENDMENTS OR SUPPLEMENTS THERETO, HEREBY GIVING AND GRANTING TO SAID ATTORNEYS
FULL POWER AND AUTHORITY TO DO AND PERFORM ALL AND EVERY ACT AND THING
WHATSOEVER REQUISITE AND NECESSARY TO BE DONE IN AND ABOUT THE PREMISES AS FULLY
TO ALL INTENTS AND PURPOSES AS HE MIGHT OR COULD DO IF PERSONALLY PRESENT AT THE
DOING THEREOF, HEREBY RATIFYING AND CONFIRMING ALL THAT SAID ATTORNEYS MAY OR
SHALL LAWFULLY DO OR CAUSE TO BE DONE BY VIRTUE HEREOF.

         IN WITNESS WHEREOF, THE UNDERSIGNED HAS HEREUNTO SET HIS HAND THIS
30TH DAY OF MAY, 1997.

                             /s/ James D. Kiggen
                             ________________________________
                             JAMES D. KIGGEN
                             DIRECTOR


STATE OF OHIO      )
                   ) SS:
COUNTY OF HAMILTON )

         ON THE 30TH DAY OF MAY, 1997, PERSONALLY APPEARED BEFORE ME JAMES D.
KIGGEN, TO ME KNOWN AND KNOWN TO ME TO BE THE PERSON DESCRIBED IN AND WHO
EXECUTED THE FOREGOING INSTRUMENT, AND HE DULY ACKNOWLEDGED TO ME THAT HE
EXECUTED AND DELIVERED THE SAME FOR THE PURPOSES THEREIN EXPRESSED.

         WITNESS MY HAND AND OFFICIAL SEAL THIS 30TH DAY OF MAY, 1997.


                             /s/ Mary Janet Edwards
                             ______________________
                              NOTARY PUBLIC 



<PAGE>

                          POWER OF ATTORNEY


KNOW ALL MEN BY THESE PRESENTS:

         WHEREAS, CINCINNATI BELL INC., AN OHIO CORPORATION (HEREINAFTER
REFERRED TO AS THE "COMPANY"), PROPOSES SHORTLY TO FILE WITH THE SECURITIES AND
EXCHANGE COMMISSION UNDER THE PROVISIONS OF THE SECURITIES ACT OF 1933, AS
AMENDED, AND THE RULES AND REGULATIONS THEREUNDER, A REGISTRATION STATEMENT FOR
THE CINCINNATI BELL INC. 1997 STOCK OPTION PLAN FOR NON-EMPLOYEE DIRECTORS ON
FORM S-8; AND

         WHEREAS, THE UNDERSIGNED IS A DIRECTOR OF THE COMPANY;

         NOW, THEREFORE, THE UNDERSIGNED HEREBY CONSTITUTES AND APPOINTS JOHN
T. LAMACCHIA, BRIAN C. HENRY, WILLIAM H. ZIMMER III AND WILLIAM D. BASKETT III,
AND EACH OF THEM SINGLY, HIS ATTORNEYS FOR HIM AND IN HIS NAME, PLACE AND STEAD,
AND IN HIS OFFICE AND CAPACITY IN THE COMPANY, TO EXECUTE AND FILE SUCH
REGISTRATION STATEMENT ON FORM S-8, AND THEREAFTER TO EXECUTE AND FILE ANY
AMENDMENTS OR SUPPLEMENTS THERETO, HEREBY GIVING AND GRANTING TO SAID ATTORNEYS
FULL POWER AND AUTHORITY TO DO AND PERFORM ALL AND EVERY ACT AND THING
WHATSOEVER REQUISITE AND NECESSARY TO BE DONE IN AND ABOUT THE PREMISES AS FULLY
TO ALL INTENTS AND PURPOSES AS HE MIGHT OR COULD DO IF PERSONALLY PRESENT AT THE
DOING THEREOF, HEREBY RATIFYING AND CONFIRMING ALL THAT SAID ATTORNEYS MAY OR
SHALL LAWFULLY DO OR CAUSE TO BE DONE BY VIRTUE HEREOF.

         IN WITNESS WHEREOF, THE UNDERSIGNED HAS HEREUNTO SET HIS HAND THIS
30TH DAY OF MAY, 1997.

                             /s/ John T. LaMacchia
                             ________________________________
                             JOHN T. LAMACCHIA
                             DIRECTOR


STATE OF OHIO      )
                   ) SS:
COUNTY OF HAMILTON )

         ON THE 30TH DAY OF MAY, 1997, PERSONALLY APPEARED BEFORE ME JOHN T.
LAMACCHIA, TO ME KNOWN AND KNOWN TO ME TO BE THE PERSON DESCRIBED IN AND WHO
EXECUTED THE FOREGOING INSTRUMENT, AND HE DULY ACKNOWLEDGED TO ME THAT HE
EXECUTED AND DELIVERED THE SAME FOR THE PURPOSES THEREIN EXPRESSED.

         WITNESS MY HAND AND OFFICIAL SEAL THIS 30TH DAY OF MAY, 1997.


                             /s/ Mary Janet Edwards
                             ______________________
                              NOTARY PUBLIC 



<PAGE>

                          POWER OF ATTORNEY


KNOW ALL MEN BY THESE PRESENTS:

         WHEREAS, CINCINNATI BELL INC., AN OHIO CORPORATION (HEREINAFTER
REFERRED TO AS THE "COMPANY"), PROPOSES SHORTLY TO FILE WITH THE SECURITIES AND
EXCHANGE COMMISSION UNDER THE PROVISIONS OF THE SECURITIES ACT OF 1933, AS
AMENDED, AND THE RULES AND REGULATIONS THEREUNDER, A REGISTRATION STATEMENT FOR
THE CINCINNATI BELL INC. 1997 STOCK OPTION PLAN FOR NON-EMPLOYEE DIRECTORS ON
FORM S-8; AND

         WHEREAS, THE UNDERSIGNED IS A DIRECTOR OF THE COMPANY;

         NOW, THEREFORE, THE UNDERSIGNED HEREBY CONSTITUTES AND APPOINTS JOHN
T. LAMACCHIA, BRIAN C. HENRY, WILLIAM H. ZIMMER III AND WILLIAM D. BASKETT III,
AND EACH OF THEM SINGLY, HIS ATTORNEYS FOR HIM AND IN HIS NAME, PLACE AND STEAD,
AND IN HIS OFFICE AND CAPACITY IN THE COMPANY, TO EXECUTE AND FILE SUCH
REGISTRATION STATEMENT ON FORM S-8, AND THEREAFTER TO EXECUTE AND FILE ANY
AMENDMENTS OR SUPPLEMENTS THERETO, HEREBY GIVING AND GRANTING TO SAID ATTORNEYS
FULL POWER AND AUTHORITY TO DO AND PERFORM ALL AND EVERY ACT AND THING
WHATSOEVER REQUISITE AND NECESSARY TO BE DONE IN AND ABOUT THE PREMISES AS FULLY
TO ALL INTENTS AND PURPOSES AS HE MIGHT OR COULD DO IF PERSONALLY PRESENT AT THE
DOING THEREOF, HEREBY RATIFYING AND CONFIRMING ALL THAT SAID ATTORNEYS MAY OR
SHALL LAWFULLY DO OR CAUSE TO BE DONE BY VIRTUE HEREOF.

         IN WITNESS WHEREOF, THE UNDERSIGNED HAS HEREUNTO SET HIS HAND THIS
30TH DAY OF MAY, 1997.

                             /s/ Charles S. Mechem, Jr.
                             ________________________________
                             CHARLES S. MECHEM, JR.
                             DIRECTOR


STATE OF OHIO      )
                   ) SS:
COUNTY OF HAMILTON )

         ON THE 30TH DAY OF MAY, 1997, PERSONALLY APPEARED BEFORE ME CHARLES S.
MECHEM, JR., TO ME KNOWN AND KNOWN TO ME TO BE THE PERSON DESCRIBED IN AND WHO
EXECUTED THE FOREGOING INSTRUMENT, AND HE DULY ACKNOWLEDGED TO ME THAT HE
EXECUTED AND DELIVERED THE SAME FOR THE PURPOSES THEREIN EXPRESSED.

         WITNESS MY HAND AND OFFICIAL SEAL THIS 30TH DAY OF MAY, 1997.


                             /s/ Mary Janet Edwards
                             ______________________
                              NOTARY PUBLIC 



<PAGE>

                          POWER OF ATTORNEY


KNOW ALL MEN BY THESE PRESENTS:

         WHEREAS, CINCINNATI BELL INC., AN OHIO CORPORATION (HEREINAFTER
REFERRED TO AS THE "COMPANY"), PROPOSES SHORTLY TO FILE WITH THE SECURITIES AND
EXCHANGE COMMISSION UNDER THE PROVISIONS OF THE SECURITIES ACT OF 1933, AS
AMENDED, AND THE RULES AND REGULATIONS THEREUNDER, A REGISTRATION STATEMENT FOR
THE CINCINNATI BELL INC. 1997 STOCK OPTION PLAN FOR NON-EMPLOYEE DIRECTORS ON
FORM S-8; AND

         WHEREAS, THE UNDERSIGNED IS A DIRECTOR OF THE COMPANY;

         NOW, THEREFORE, THE UNDERSIGNED HEREBY CONSTITUTES AND APPOINTS JOHN
T. LAMACCHIA, BRIAN C. HENRY, WILLIAM H. ZIMMER III AND WILLIAM D. BASKETT III,
AND EACH OF THEM SINGLY, HER ATTORNEYS FOR HER AND IN HER NAME, PLACE AND STEAD,
AND IN HER OFFICE AND CAPACITY IN THE COMPANY, TO EXECUTE AND FILE SUCH
REGISTRATION STATEMENT ON FORM S-8, AND THEREAFTER TO EXECUTE AND FILE ANY
AMENDMENTS OR SUPPLEMENTS THERETO, HEREBY GIVING AND GRANTING TO SAID ATTORNEYS
FULL POWER AND AUTHORITY TO DO AND PERFORM ALL AND EVERY ACT AND THING
WHATSOEVER REQUISITE AND NECESSARY TO BE DONE IN AND ABOUT THE PREMISES AS FULLY
TO ALL INTENTS AND PURPOSES AS HE MIGHT OR COULD DO IF PERSONALLY PRESENT AT THE
DOING THEREOF, HEREBY RATIFYING AND CONFIRMING ALL THAT SAID ATTORNEYS MAY OR
SHALL LAWFULLY DO OR CAUSE TO BE DONE BY VIRTUE HEREOF.

         IN WITNESS WHEREOF, THE UNDERSIGNED HAS HEREUNTO SET HER HAND THIS
30TH DAY OF MAY, 1997.


                             /s/ Mary D. Nelson
                             ________________________________
                             MARY D. NELSON
                             DIRECTOR


STATE OF OHIO      )
                   ) SS:
COUNTY OF HAMILTON )

         ON THE 30TH DAY OF MAY, 1997, PERSONALLY APPEARED BEFORE ME MARY D.
NELSON, TO ME KNOWN AND KNOWN TO ME TO BE THE PERSON DESCRIBED IN AND WHO
EXECUTED THE FOREGOING INSTRUMENT, AND SHE DULY ACKNOWLEDGED TO ME THAT SHE
EXECUTED AND DELIVERED THE SAME FOR THE PURPOSES THEREIN EXPRESSED.

         WITNESS MY HAND AND OFFICIAL SEAL THIS 30TH DAY OF MAY, 1997.


                             /s/ Mary Janet Edwards
                             ______________________
                              NOTARY PUBLIC 



<PAGE>
 
                              CINCINNATI BELL INC.
                             1997 STOCK OPTION PLAN
                           FOR NON-EMPLOYEE DIRECTORS
 
1.  PURPOSE.
    The 1997 Stock Option Plan for Non-Employee Directors (the "Plan") is
intended to attract and retain the services of experienced and knowledgeable
independent directors of Cincinnati Bell Inc. (the "Company") for the benefit of
the Company and its shareholders and to provide additional incentive for such
directors to continue to work for the best interest of the Company and its
shareholders.
 
2.  SHARES SUBJECT TO THE PLAN.
    There are reserved for issuance upon the exercise of options granted under
the Plan 300,000 Common Shares $1.00 par value, of the Company (the "Common
Shares"). Such Common Shares may be authorized and unissued Common Shares or
previously outstanding Common Shares then held in the Company's treasury. If any
option granted under the Plan shall expire or terminate for any reason without
having been exercised in full, the Common Shares subject thereto shall again be
available for the purposes of issuance upon the exercise of options granted
under the Plan.
 
3.  ADMINISTRATION.
    The Plan shall be administered by the Board of Directors of the Company (the
"Board"). Subject to the express provisions of the Plan, the Board
 shall have
authority to interpret the Plan, to prescribe, amend and rescind rules and
regulations relating to it, to determine the terms and provisions of the option
grants and agreements (which shall comply with and be subject to the terms and
conditions of the Plan) and to make all other determinations necessary or
advisable for the administration of the Plan. The Board's determination of the
matters referred to in this Paragraph 3 shall be conclusive.
 
4.  ELIGIBILITY.
    For purposes of the Plan, "Outside Director" means a member of the Board who
is not an employee of the Company or a subsidiary of the Company. Each
individual who first becomes an Outside Director on or after the effective date
of the Plan shall automatically be granted an option to purchase 6,000 Common
Shares on the first day of such individual's first term of office as an Outside
Director. On the date of each annual meeting of the shareholders of the Company
subsequent to the effective date of the Plan, each Outside Director who first
became an Outside Director prior to such annual meeting and who will continue to
serve as an Outside Director after such annual meeting shall automatically be
granted an option to purchase 2,000 Common Shares.
 
    Only non-statutory stock options shall be granted under the Plan.
 
5.  OPTION GRANTS.
    (a)  The purchase price of the Common Shares under each option granted under
the Plan shall be 100% of the Fair Market Value of the Common Shares on the date
such option is granted. For purposes of the Plan, "Fair Market Value" shall be
taken as the average (rounded to the next highest cent in the case of fractions
of a cent) of the high and low sales prices of the Common Shares on the
composite tape on the specified date or, if no Common Shares are traded on the
specified date, on the next preceding date on which Common Shares are traded.
 
    (b)  All options shall be exercisable on the date of grant. The term of each
option shall be ten years from the date of grant, or such shorter period as is
prescribed in Paragraphs 5(d) and 5(e). Except as provided in Paragraphs 5(c),
5(d) and 5(e), no option may be exercised at any time unless the holder is then
a director of the Company.
 
    Upon exercise, the option price is to be paid in full in cash or, at the
discretion of the Board, in Common Shares owned by the optionee having a Fair
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5.  OPTION GRANTS. (CONTINUED)
aggregate option price or, at the discretion of the Board, in a combination of
cash and Common Shares. Upon exercise of an option, the Company shall have the
right to retain or sell without notice sufficient Common Shares to cover
government withholding taxes or deductions, if any, as described in Paragraph 9.


    (c)  For purposes of the Plan, "Retirement" means retirement from the Board
either (i) after attaining age 68 or (ii) with the permission of the Board. In
the event that an optionee shall cease to be a director because of Retirement,
the optionee may exercise the option at any time during the remaining term of
the option.

 
    (d)  In the event that an optionee shall cease to be a director of the
Company, other than by reason of Retirement or death, the optionee may exercise
the option during the six-month period following such termination, but not after
the expiration of the option. In the event that the option is not exercised
during the six-month period following termination, it shall expire at the end of
such six-month period.
 
    (e)  In the event of the death of a director to whom an option has been
granted under the Plan, the option theretofore granted to the optionee may be
exercised by a legatee or legatees of the optionee under the optionee's last
will or by the optionee's personal representative or distributees at any time
during the remaining term of the option.
 
    In the event that an optionee ceases to be a director other than by reason
of Retirement and dies during the six-month period following such termination of
service as a director, the option may be exercised by a legatee or legatees of
the optionee under the optionee's last will, or by the optionee's personal
representatives or distributees, at any time within a period of one year after
the optionee's death, but not after expiration of the option. In the event the
option is not exercised during the one-year period after the optionee's death,
it shall expire at the end of such one-year period.
 
    In the event that an optionee dies following Retirement, the option
theretofore granted to the optionee may be exercised by the legatee or legatees
of the optionee under the optionee's last will, or by the optionee's personal
representatives or distributees, at any time during the remaining term of the
option.
 
    (f)  Nothing in the Plan or in any option granted pursuant to the Plan shall
confer on any individual any right to continue as a director of the Company.
 
6.  TRANSFERABILITY AND SHAREHOLDER RIGHTS OF HOLDERS OF OPTIONS.

    No option granted under the Plan shall be transferable otherwise than by
will or by the laws of descent and distribution, and an option may be exercised,
during the lifetime of an optionee, only by the optionee. An optionee shall have
none of the rights of a shareholder of the Company until the option has been
exercised and the Common Shares subject to the option have been registered in
the name of the optionee on the transfer books of the Company. Notwithstanding
the foregoing, the Board, in its discretion, may permit transfers of options by
gift or otherwise, subject to such terms and conditions as the Board may
prescribe.

7.  ADJUSTMENTS UPON CHANGES IN CAPITALIZATION.
    Notwithstanding any other provisions of the Plan, the number and class of
shares subject to the options and the option prices of options covered thereby
shall be proportionately adjusted in the event of changes in the outstanding
Common Shares by reason of stock dividends, stock splits, recapitalizations,
mergers, consolidations, combinations or exchanges of shares, split-ups,
split-offs, spin-offs, liquidations or other similar changes in capitalization,
or any distribution to common shareholders other than cash dividends and, in the
event of any such change in the outstanding Common Shares, the aggregate number
and class of shares available under the Plan and the number of shares as to
which options may be granted shall be appropriately adjusted by the Board.
 
8.  AMENDMENT AND TERMINATION.
    Unless the Plan shall theretofore have been terminated as hereinafter
provided, the Plan shall terminate on, and no awards of options shall be made
after, the tenth anniversary of the effective date of the Plan; provided,
however, that such termination shall have no effect on options granted prior
thereto.
 

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8.  AMENDMENT AND TERMINATION. (CONTINUED)
The Plan may be terminated, modified or amended by the shareholders of the
Company. The Board may also terminate the Plan or modify or amend the Plan in
such respects as it shall deem advisable in order to conform to any change in
any law or regulation applicable thereto, or in other respects which shall not
change (i) the total number of Common Shares as to which options may be granted,
(ii) the class of persons eligible to receive options under the Plan, (iii) the
manner of determining the option prices, (iv) the period during which options
may be granted or exercised or (v) the provisions relating to the administration
of the Plan by the Board.
 
9.  WITHHOLDING.
    Upon the issuance of Common Shares as a result of the exercise of an option,
the Company shall have the right to retain or sell without notice sufficient
Common Shares to cover the amount of any tax required by any government to be
withheld or otherwise deducted and paid with respect to such Common Shares being
issued, remitting any balance to the optionee; provided, however, that the
optionee shall have the right to provide the Company with the funds to enable it
to pay such tax.
 
10. EFFECTIVENESS OF THE PLAN.
    The Plan shall become effective on the day following the date the Plan is
approved by the vote of the holders of a majority of the outstanding Common
Shares at a meeting of the shareholders. The Board may in its discretion
authorize the granting of options which shall be expressly subject to the
conditions that (i) the Common Shares reserved for issue under the Plan shall
have been duly listed, upon official notice of issuance, upon each stock
exchange in the United States upon which the Common Shares are traded and (ii) a
registration statement under the Securities Act of 1933 with respect to such
shares shall have become effective.
 
11. PREDECESSOR PLAN.
    The Plan is intended to supersede the Cincinnati Bell Inc. 1988 Stock Option
Plan for Non-Employee Directors (the "1988 Plan") for all options granted on or
after the effective date of the Plan. Options granted under the 1988 Plan which
are outstanding on the effective date of the Plan will not be affected by the
Plan, provided that the Board, in its discretion, may permit transfers by gift
or otherwise of options granted under the 1988 Plan, subject to such terms and
conditions as the Board may prescribe.