Verizon Invests $200,000 to Better Serve Wisconsin's Wausau Area Customers

WAUSAU, Wis. - Verizon customers here soon will have improved communications as the result of a $200,000 investment the company is making in three local call-switching centers. Verizon is installing new equipment, including advanced power systems that enable the company to provide critical telecommunications services in the event of an extended commercial power disruption.

The equipment also allows Verizon to monitor power systems more efficiently and diagnose potential network power problems, thus increasing reliability in the Verizon network. The company expects to complete the project in March.

"Verizon's investment in power systems is critical to supplying dial tone and other customer services in an emergency," said Richard M. Armstrong, Verizon vice president, public policy and external affairs for Wisconsin. "During commercial power disruptions, Verizon's call-switching centers convert automatically to our backup power systems. As a result, our customers' phones keep working even when the power goes out."

The company also invests in advanced technology to help conserve energy, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and increase the security and reliability of Verizon's Wisconsin telecommunications network.

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