Verizon Expands Local Calling For More Than 670,000 Virginia Customers

RICHMOND, Va. - Starting tomorrow, more than 670,000 Verizon customers in Virginia will have larger local calling areas when the company eliminates tolls and other usage charges that customers have paid to call nearby communities. This move is the latest in a series of actions by Verizon to dramatically expand local calling for its customers throughout the state.

"We said the merger of Bell Atlantic and GTE would bring real and lasting benefits to Virginians across the commonwealth, and it has done just that," said Robert Woltz, president of Verizon Virginia. "Our expanded local calling program is one more example of these benefits."

Bell Atlantic and GTE, which merged to become Verizon in June 2000, agreed to expand local calling areas between contiguous telephone exchanges after the completion of their merger. In Virginia, Bell Atlantic launched the practice of contiguous local calling in 1994.

"We've long felt that customers in an exchange ought to be able to make local calls to their neighbors in an adjacent exchange," Woltz said. "For the first time, some Virginians will no longer incur a toll charge when they call their county government or their child's school. This is welcome news to many."

    The expansion of local calling on April 2 affects Verizon customers in the following exchanges:

    Alberta - Local calling expands to include McKenney.

    Ashland - expands to include Hanover.

    Barnesville - expands to include Chase City, Clarksville, Drakes Branch and Keysville.

    Bowling Green - expands to include Dawn, King William and Tappahannock.

    Boydton - expands to include Clarksville and Eppes Fork.

    Callao - expands to include Farnham, Hague and Warsaw.

    Capron - expands to include Emporia, Jarratt, Stony Creek and Waverly.

    Charlotte Court House- expands to include Keysville.

    Chase City - expands to include Barnesville, Clarksville and Keysville.

    Clarksville - expands to include Barnesville, Boydton and Chase City.

    Colonial Beach - expands to include Tappahannock.

    Dawn - expands to include Bowling Green, King William, Ladysmith and Old Church.

    Dinwiddie - expands to include Stony Creek.

    Deltaville - expands to include Gloucester, Hayes, Kilmarnock and Mathews.

    Disputanta - expands to include Enon, Hopewell, Petersburg and Waverly.
    Doswell - expands to include Ladysmith.

    Drakes Branch - expands to include Barnesville and Keysville.

    Emporia - expands to include Capron, Jarratt, Lawrenceville, McKenney, South Brunswick and Stony Creek.

    Eppes Fork- expands to include Boydton.

    Farnham - expands to include Callao, Heathsville, Lively, Saluda and Tappahannock.

    Gloucester - expands to include Deltaville and Saluda.

    Hague - expands to include Callao and Warsaw.

    Hanover - expands to include Ashland.

    Hayes - Expands to include Deltaville and Saluda.

    Heathsville - expands to include Farnham, Kilmarnock and Lively.

    Hopewell - expands to include Disputanta.

    Irvington - expands to include Saluda.

    Jarratt - expands to include Capron, Emporia and Stony Creek.

    Keysville - expands to include Barnesville, Charlotte Court House, Chase City and Drakes Branch.

    Kilmarnock - expands to include Deltaville, Heathsville and Saluda.

    King & Queen - expands to include King William, Saluda and Tappahannock.

    King William - expands to include Bowling Green, Dawn, King & Queen, Old Church, Tappahannock and West Point.

    Ladysmith - expands to include Dawn and Doswell.

    Lawrenceville - expands to include Emporia.

    Lively - expands to include Farnham, Heathsville, Saluda and Tappahannock.

    Mathews - expands to include Deltaville.

    McKenney - expands to include Alberta, Emporia and Stony Creek.

    Montross - expands to include Tappahannock and Warsaw.

    Old Church - expands to include Dawn, King William, Providence Forge and Richmond.

    Petersburg - expands to include Disputanta and Stony Creek.

    Port Royal - expands to include Tappahannock.

    Richmond - expands to include Old Church.

    Saluda - expands to include Farnham, Gloucester, Hayes, Irvington, Kilmarnock, King & Queen, Lively and Tappahannock.

    South Brunswick - expands to include Emporia.

    Stony Creek - expands to include Capron, Dinwiddie, Emporia, Jarratt, McKenney, Petersburg and Waverly.

    Tappahannock - expands to include Bowling Green, Colonial Beach, Farnham, King & Queen, King William, Lively, Montross, Port Royal, Saluda and Warsaw.

    Warsaw - expands to include Callao, Hague, Montross and Tappahannock.

    Waverly - expands to include Capron, Disputanta and Stony Creek.

    West Point - expands to include King William.

    As part of its merger agreement, Verizon plans to eliminate tolls and usage charges on additional calling routes early in 2003. When this final wave of expanded local calling is complete, Verizon will have removed tolls and usage charges on more than 700 of its Virginia calling routes, providing a potential savings to more than one million customers.

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