Verizon Deploys Advanced Switching Technology to Arena

SUN PRAIRIE, Wis. - Verizon Communications, the national communications company formed by the merger of Bell Atlantic and GTE, is investing more than $200,000 to modernize its local telephone network in Arena.

The company recently installed new electronic central office call-routing equipment. Work on the project has been underway for over a year and is scheduled to be completed by mid-December.

Similar projects are currently underway in Lone Rock, Plain and Spring Green. Installations at these locations will be completed during 2001.

"The Arena project is the latest evidence that Verizon is committed to delivering a state-of-the-art telecommunications network throughout Wisconsin," said Craig Lilley, general manager-customer operations for Verizon in (city).
Lilley said Verizon has been a leader in deploying advanced technology throughout the state. Verizon's investment in its Wisconsin network will exceed $77 million this year, bringing the total investment since 1998 to over $254 million.

Verizon's call-routing switches in the state are 100 percent digital, and the company's aggressive schedule for deploying fiber-optic cable has increased miles of fiber-optic facilities in Wisconsin by 40 percent since 1995 - from 2,309 miles to over 3,242 miles in 2000.

The Arena upgrade will not affect the price of local service and no dialing changes will be necessary. Customers may notice a slightly different pitch in their dial tone and busy signal.

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