Verizon Features PNC Park and Pittsburgh Skyline on Covers of Greater Pittsburgh SuperPages Directories

PITTSBURGH - In celebration of the pride of Pittsburgh, Verizon is featuring photos of the changing landscape of Pittsburgh - PNC Park and the city's skyline - for the covers of the 2001-2002 SuperPages telephone directories. The new PNC Park, home of the Pittsburgh Pirates, is shown on the yellow pages, and Pittsburgh's dramatic nighttime skyline is depicted on the white pages. Verizon is currently distributing more than 1.7 million SuperPages directories - white and yellow pages - in Greater Pittsburgh.

"Knowing that the residents of the Greater Pittsburgh area love their sports teams and are committed to their great city, we chose two photos to portray that pride - PNC Park and the distinctive Pittsburgh skyline," said Pat Marshall, group vice president - marketing, Verizon Information Services. "In addition, we're introducing a 'Senior Reference' guide of local services in the government blue pages section of the Greater Pittsburgh White Pages."

The Senior Reference, a list of widely used services printed in large type, is the result of a combined effort by Verizon and the Pennsylvania Office of the Attorney General with input from local senior citizens. The listings are under 14 categories, ranging from consumer protection to financial assistance to medical treatment/self help/support groups.

Greater Pittsburgh SuperPages features an Inside Look® Community Magazine, which showcases area attractions, entertainment, recreation and community services. The magazine also includes transportation contact information and city, transit and surrounding area maps for Pittsburgh.

"Verizon is proud to be a long-term member of the Greater Pittsburgh community," said Marshall. "In support of this local commitment, Verizon has contributed nearly $100,000 over the past five years to Beginning with Books®, which sponsors successful literacy programs serving low-income children and families in the Greater Pittsburgh area."

In addition to finding local listings in the Greater Pittsburgh SuperPages, area residents can log on to Verizon SuperPages.com (www.superpages.com), the Internet's leading online directory and shopping resource, for millions of local and national business listings. In support of both SuperPages.com and the printed SuperPages, the Greater Pittsburgh yellow pages includes the Verizon Internet Guide, a road map to the information superhighway - complete with Internet searching tips, unique Web sites and Internet-related businesses.

Verizon Information Services and SuperPages.com

Verizon Information Services is the world's leading print and online directory publisher and a content provider for communications products and services. The largest directory publisher in the world, Verizon has annual revenues of more than $4.1 billion and publishes nearly 1,200 U.S. Verizon SuperPages directories and 400 international directories with a total circulation of approximately 142 million copies worldwide.

Verizon Information Services also produces and markets SuperPages.com, the Internet's #1 online directory and shopping resource. SuperPages.com receives as many as 12 million visits and 9 million unique visitors a month. SuperPages.com also powers directory services on MSN, InfoSpace, AltaVista, Excite, Lycos, Ask Jeeves, HotBot, BigFoot, Tripod and Angelfire.

Based in the Dallas area, Verizon Information Services is a unit of Verizon Communications Inc. (NYSE:VZ), one of the world's leading providers of communications services.

Through its signature Verizon Reads program and the Verizon Literacy Network, Verizon is committed to leading the fight to increase U.S. literacy levels by creating community and corporate awareness, raising funds, encouraging collaboration among literacy providers and engaging employees in supporting literacy programs. Verizon Information Services supports community outreach programs across the nation designed to increase the literacy rate of children and adults, and to help people of all ages become computer literate.

For more information on Verizon Information Services, visit www.verizonyellowpages.com. For more information on Verizon's literacy programs, visit www.SuperPages.com and click on the Verizon Reads icon.