Verizon Invests $1 Million To Better Serve Central New Jersey Customers

NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. -- Verizon customers in central New Jersey now have improved communications as the result of a $1 million investment the company made in its call-switching center here.

Verizon has expanded the capacity of its New Brunswick-area voice mail systems - sophisticated computers that route and store messages for residential and business customers. This upgrade meets increased demand for voice mail services, increases the reliability of Verizon voice mail systems and accommodates future growth. This work was completed in May.

In addition to the New Brunswick project, Verizon continues to install fiber-optic cable and other advanced telecommunications equipment throughout the Garden State. At the end of 2002, the company had deployed 1.69 million fiber miles in New Jersey, enough to circle the earth more than 65 times.

"Verizon is the only telecommunications company in New Jersey committed to substantial levels of investment in information-age technology," said Dennis Bone, president of Verizon New Jersey. "Our capital investment over the past three years totals more than $3 billion. That is more than $2.5 million dollars a day that helps to jump-start New Jersey's economic engine and deliver information technology to consumers, entrepreneurs and competitors who use our network."

The company also invests in advanced technology to help conserve energy, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and increase the security and reliability of Verizon's telecommunications network from Weehawken to Wildwood. Verizon is working with the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection and the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities to save energy and protect the environment.

"Our investment in the Verizon network is a clear expression of confidence in New Jersey at a time when capital commitments to foster economic growth, improve education and attract new businesses are more important than ever," Bone said.

In addition to deploying the latest technology, Verizon has spent tens of millions of dollars to open New Jersey's local telephone market to competition.

"Verizon has a long history of investment in this state and service to our customers and communities," Bone said. "We will continue to play a vital role in New Jersey's future, just as we have for more than a century."

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