Verizon Invests $321,000 to Better Serve Pennsylvania's Turtle Creek Customers

PITTSBURGH - Verizon customers in the Turtle Creek area soon will have improved communications as the result of a $321,000 investment the company has made in its local call-switching center. Verizon is installing new equipment, including advanced power systems that enable the company to provide critical telecommunications services in the event of a commercial power disruption.

This equipment also allows Verizon to more efficiently monitor power systems and diagnose potential network power problems, thus increasing reliability in the Verizon network, and will support advanced telecommunications technologies. The company expects to complete the project by the end of April.

In addition to this investment, Verizon continues build its new fiber-to-the-premises network in portions of Pennsylvania and 13 other states. Verizon is currently rolling out its FiOS (FYE'-ose) Internet service in a number of Pennsylvania communities.

"The Turtle Creek project underlines Verizon's commitment to build and maintain a state-of-the-art telecommunications network throughout Pennsylvania," said James V. O'Rourke, president and CEO of Verizon Pennsylvania. "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 more than $8 billion in its telecommunications network across the commonwealth over the last 10 years.

"We are building an advanced telecommunications network that will stimulate job and income growth and will make Pennsylvania one of the most attractive locations for corporations and individuals," O'Rourke said.

In addition to deploying the latest technology, Verizon Pennsylvania 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. The Verizon Freedom bundle of services offers the convenience of one bill and very attractive discounts for customers who subscribe to several Verizon services.

"The level of telecom competition in Pennsylvania today is unprecedented," said O'Rourke. "Competition and Verizon's entry into the long-distance market have benefited consumers, who now can choose from many providers for all their communications needs."

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