Free Internet Learning Day Sponsored by Verizon in Gaithersburg

Gaithersburg, MD -To reach adults who need Internet training, Verizon Information Services-formed by the merger between GTE and Bell Atlantic - is sponsoring a free Internet Learning Day in Gaithersburg on Saturday, November 4, 2000. Held at the Gaithersburg CompUSA Superstore, the event is the 20th program in a nationwide series started by Bell Atlantic Yellow Pages in 1998.

Supported by local non-profit organizations, the Verizon program has helped more than 3,500 Internet novices navigate the World Wide Web with free one-hour, instructor-led training sessions.

"As a leader in the community, Verizon strives to provide comprehensive and accurate information, so residents and businesses can be better connected," said Kathy Harless, president, Verizon Information Services. "The Internet Learning Day series addresses our community's changing needs in the new economy."

Saturday's Internet Learning Day is co-sponsored by Smooth Jazz 105.9 FM. Community organizations such as the Family Services Agency, Montgomery Works, the Rockville Senior Center, Upper Montgomery Assistance Network, Upper Montgomery County YMCA and the Baptist Home for Children and Families are supporting the event by promoting attendance to their members.

The Internet Learning Day consists of six one-hour sessions, the first starting at 9 a.m. and the last at 2 p.m. All participants have their own computer and will learn how the Internet works, its history and frequently used vocabulary. In addition to visiting a number of community-focused Web sites, participants will receive information on places they can access the Internet for free and ways to acquire a personal computer at a reduced cost.

Each participant receives a free copy of the Verizon Internet Learning Disc (ILDisc). The ILDisc is an educational CD-ROM developed by Verizon Information Services that helps novice Internet users navigate the Web. At the end of the session, attendees may also register to win a free personal computer.

The Internet Learning Day is a complement to Verizon Information Services' electronic offerings including Verizon's SuperPages.com, the Internet's leading online directory and shopping resource and the newly-merged version of Bell Atlantic Yellow Pages' Big Yellow.

About Verizon Information Services

Verizon Information Services is the world's leading print and online directory publisher and a content provider for communications products and services. The largest directory publisher in the world, Verizon has annual revenues of more than $4.1 billion and employs more than 11,000 people.

Verizon Information Services provides sales, publishing and other related services for nearly 2,500 directory titles in 47 states and the District of Columbia and 18 countries outside the U.S. This includes more than 1,600 Verizon directory titles with a total circulation of approximately 112 million copies in the U.S. and 41 million copies internationally.

Verizon Information Services also produces and markets SuperPages.com, the Internet's leading online directory and shopping resource. SuperPages.com receives more than 4.2 million visits from approximately 1.8 million unique visitors per month, and is the exclusive provider of a comprehensive Yellow Pages service to AOL, Lycos, HotBot, Digital City, BigFoot and BigBook.

Based in the Dallas area, Verizon Information Services is a unit of Verizon Communications, headquartered in New York, N.Y. Verizon Communications (NYSE:VZ), formed by the merger of Bell Atlantic and GTE, is one of the world's leading providers of communications services. For more information on Verizon, visit www.verizon.com.