NEW CASTLE, Pa. -- A recently completed upgrade by Verizon Communications will greatly enhance the capacity and
reliability of the company's telecommunications network serving customers in Princeton and New Castle. The $350,000
investment is the company's largest fiber-optic project in Lawrence County this year.
Verizon installed fiber-optic cables and electronic equipment linking its central office facilities in the two
communities. The cables contain the equivalent of 277 fiber miles, the total length if all the new fibers in the cable
were placed end to end. This advanced technology will improve customer service and help set the stage for a host of
innovative advanced services, including high-speed Internet access and work-at-home capabilities.
Fiber-optic systems use hair-thin glass strands and digital technology to deliver high quality telephone services along
with high-capacity/high-speed voice and data services.
"This project demonstrates Verizon's commitment to deliver a state-of-the-art telecommunications network throughout
Pennsylvania," said Daniel J. Whelan, president of Verizon Pennsylvania. "We will continue to bring the latest
technologies and services to customers in rural, suburban and urban areas of the state."
Verizon's investment in Pennsylvania's network will reach nearly $1 billion this year, totaling $3 billion in the past
"We are building a telecommunications infrastructure that will enhance Pennsylvania's ability to stimulate economic
growth, attract new jobs and businesses and help shape our state's future in the 21st century," said Whelan.
In addition to deploying the latest technology, Verizon recently launched an array of long-distance calling plans for
Pennsylvania consumers and businesses. In September, Verizon received approval from the Federal Communications
Commission to compete in Pennsylvania's $3.3 billion long-distance market. The company now offers Pennsylvanians a
complete range of telecommunication services, including local, regional and long-distance calling, data, high-speed
Internet and wireless services.
"The level of telecom competition in Pennsylvania today is unprecedented," said Whelan. "As Verizon
competes for long-distance customers, competitors will continue to reach out to the local market. And consumers will win
big as a result."
Verizon Communications (NYSE:VZ) is one of the world's leading providers of communications services. Verizon companies
are the largest providers of wireline and wireless communications in the United States, with 125 million access line
equivalents and more than 28 million wireless customers. Verizon is also the largest directory publisher in the world.
A Fortune 10 company with about 260,000 employees and approximately $65 billion in annual revenues, Verizon's global
presence extends to more than 40 countries in the Americas, Europe, Asia and the Pacific. For more information on
Verizon, visit www.verizon.com.