Verizon Invests $249,000 To Better Serve Wisconsin's Minocqua and Tomahawk Customers

MINOCQUA, Wis. - Verizon customers in the Minocqua and Tomahawk areas will soon have improved communications as the result of a $249,000 investment the company is making to increase the reliability and capacity of its local telecommunications network.

Verizon is installing more than five miles of fiber-optic cable containing 24 fibers and associated electronic equipment between the company's Minocqua and Tomahawk service areas. The cables contain a total of 139 fiber miles, the total distance if all of the fibers in the cable were placed end to end.

This advanced equipment will provide increased high-speed telecommunications capacity for financial institutions, other businesses and government offices in northern Wisconsin and will enable future growth of residential services there. The fiber-optic cable also will increase the survivability of Verizon's advanced telecommunications network. The project will be completed in November.

Verizon continues to install fiber-optic cable throughout the state. Fiber-optic systems use hair-thin glass fibers and digital technology to deliver high-quality telephone service along with sophisticated data communications services.

"The Minocqua-Tomahawk project underlines Verizon's commitment to build and maintain a state-of-the-art telecommunications network throughout Wisconsin," said Dan Matson, Verizon vice president - regulatory and government affairs. "We continue to upgrade our infrastructure to provide rural, suburban and urban customers with better quality service, as well as the platform for high-speed access to the Internet, work-at-home capabilities and a host of other innovative services."

Verizon has invested approximately $210 million in its telecommunications network across the state over the last three years - helping the company expand and modernize a statewide network that now features over 42,000 miles of fiber optics.

In addition to deploying the latest technology, Verizon offers a complete range of telecommunications services, including local, regional and long-distance calling, as well as high-speed data and Internet and wireless services.

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