Verizon Expands Capacity of Phone Network To Better Serve Dorset and Rupert Customers

SOUTH BURLINGTON, Vt. - Verizon has invested more than $425,000 to increase the capacity and enhance the reliability of the company's telecommunications network serving Dorset and Rupert.

In May, the company will activate a SONET (synchronous optical network) ring, which consists of fiber-optic cable and electronic equipment. SONET rings provide multiple routes for high-speed voice and data services and are self-healing, automatically rerouting telecommunications transmissions in the event of a service disruption.

Verizon serves about 1,500 phone lines from its Dorset and Rupert telephone offices.

"We recognize the growing importance of an advanced telecommunications network for Vermont businesses, schools, libraries and consumers," said Louise McCarren, president of Verizon Vermont. "We're aggressively investing in our infrastructure while lowering prices for many of our services."

Recently, Verizon lowered dial-tone rates for residence and business customers, and reduced in-state, long-distance rates throughout the state.

Last year, Verizon invested more than $65 million in its telecommunications network serving Vermont, including the addition of more than 1,500 miles of fiber-optic cable. The company has over 61,000 miles of fiber-optic cable in its Vermont network overall - enough to circle the earth more than twice. Fiber-optic systems use laser-generated light pulses and digital technology to provide greater capacity, higher transmission speeds and better quality for voice, video and data transmitted over the network.

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