Free Internet Learning Day Sponsored by Verizon in Lakeland

LAKELAND, Fla. - To reach adults who need Internet training, Verizon Information Services-a unit of telecommunications company Verizon Communications is sponsoring a free Internet Learning Day in Lakeland on Saturday, January 13, 2001. Held on Polk Community College's Lakeland Campus, the event is the 21st program in a nationwide series started in 1998.

Supported by local non-profit organizations across the country, the Verizon program has helped more than 4,000 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, Verizon Information Services president. "The Internet Learning Day series addresses our community's changing needs in an Internet-focused economy."

Saturday's Internet Learning Day is co-sponsored by The Ledger. Community organizations such as the Lakeland Family YMCA, the Polk County Workforce Development Board, the Lakeland Public Library and One Stop Career Center are supporting the event by promoting attendance to their members.

"The Internet Learning Day gives our residents an introduction to the
World Wide Web and its resources," said Brenda Patterson, Lakeland Public Library outreach associate. "The Lakeland Public Library is proud to participate in this educational event."

The Internet Learning Day consists of seven one-hour sessions, the first starting at 9 a.m. and the last at 3 p.m. To ensure that each individual has a computer, it is necessary to make reservations at 1.877.707.7685. Participants 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 also receive information on local 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. And, 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.

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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 48 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 has received up to 4.2 million visits and 2.3 million unique visitors per month, and is the exclusive provider of a comprehensive Yellow Pages service to AOL, Lycos, HotBot, Digital City and BigFoot.

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