Justice Department Supports Verizon Long-Distance Bid for Maryland, West Virginia and Washington, D.C.

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) today released its evaluation of Verizon's application to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to provide long-distance service in Maryland, West Virginia and Washington, D.C. The statutory deadline for the FCC's decision is March 19. The following statement may be attributed to Sarah Deutsch, vice president and associate general counsel for Verizon.

"The Justice Department has made the right call for consumers in Maryland, West Virginia and the District of Columbia in recommending FCC approval of Verizon's final long-distance application.

"Today's DOJ evaluation, combined with the support of the respective local regulatory commissions, means that our final application is on track for FCC approval. We look forward to that approval so consumers and businesses in these remaining jurisdictions can soon join customers in 47 other states who are benefiting from the additional choice, convenience and product innovation that Verizon long-distance brings."