Verizon Opens Advanced Data Services Center in Rhode Island to Serve Internet Service Providers

PAWTUCKET, R.I. -- Verizon today opened a new center in Pawtucket to support the communications needs of Internet service providers (ISPs) from Maine to Virginia, bringing as many as 100 jobs to the city by the end of the year.

Company, state and local officials participated in the opening of the new Verizon Broadband Maintenance and Control Center at 2 Pleasant St. in Pawtucket.

"We welcome Verizon's continued commitment to our state," said Tom Schumpert, executive director of the Rhode Island Economic Development Corporation. "In addition to adding jobs through the opening of this center, Verizon's advanced network and expertise is essential for attracting and sustaining economic development in Rhode Island."

"The opening of this center further demonstrates Verizon's commitment to Pawtucket and Rhode Island," said Donna Cupelo, region president for Verizon Massachusetts/Rhode Island. "This is one of many economic development initiatives Verizon has implemented within the Ocean State. Verizon selected Pawtucket for the center because of its highly skilled workforce."

Employees at the Pawtucket center will provide Digital Subscriber Line (DSL) provisioning and maintenance services to mid-Atlantic and Northeast-based ISPs that offer high-speed Internet access to their customers using Verizon's DSL network.

Verizon has 1.2 million DSL customers nationwide. DSL service is provided over Verizon's telephone lines and allows consumers to use a single phone line to make phone calls or send a fax while simultaneously surfing the Web or reading e-mails and downloading large attachments.

Verizon Communications (NYSE:VZ) is one of the world's leading providers of communications services. Verizon companies are the largest providers of wireline and wireless communications in the United States, with 132.1 million access line equivalents and 29.4 million wireless customers. Verizon is also the largest directory publisher in the world. A Fortune 10 company with more than $67 billion in annual revenues and approximately 247,000 employees, Verizon's global presence extends to more than 40 countries in the Americas, Europe, Asia and the Pacific. For more information on Verizon, visit www.verizon.com.