Verizon SuperPages - Largest Directory Publisher - Introduces Fort Myers/Cape Coral Directory as Part of Nationwide Expansion

DALLAS - The Fort Myers/Cape Coral area was chosen as one of more than 20 competitive markets Verizon Information Services, the world's largest publisher of telephone directories, has selected to introduce its yellow pages directories - branded SuperPages. Currently more than 225,000 directories are being delivered to area residents and businesses.

In the Spring Verizon will be delivering Punta Gorda/Port Charlotte SuperPages directories. Fort Myers/Cape Coral and Punta Gorda/Port Charlotte are two of seven independent markets in Florida that have been selected for new Verizon SuperPages directories, making the state one of Verizon's most important expansion markets.

"Many full-time and part-time residents of Ft. Myers/Cape Coral know and trust the Verizon brand," said John Rodenbush, Verizon general sales manager in Fort Myers. "Our local residents fit the Verizon profile of smart shoppers who seek comprehensive information including Verizon's SuperPages directory and its online directory and shopping resource, SuperPages.com."

Local Content and Features

The new directory includes a Community Magazine, and Dining Your Way! Restaurant Guide spotlighting 60 area restaurants. The restaurant guide includes an A-Z index, menus and maps. "Area residents and visitors love to eat out and the 'Dining Your Way!' guide is a very helpful, easy-to-use feature," said Rodenbush.

Area shoppers and businesses also have access to Verizon's leading online directory and shopping resource, SuperPages.com, as well as the most comprehensive national Spanish-language online directory - SuperPages.com en Español (SuperPages.com/enEspanol). Both sites have local and national content.

In January, Verizon SuperPages directories were distributed in Naples. This fall, Boca Raton and Ft. Lauderdale will receive SuperPages with Ft. Lauderdale's distribution including a bilingual zoned edition. Miami and West Palm Beach residents and businesses will receive their new directories Spring 2004.

If you do not receive a copy of your Ft. Myers/Cape Coral SuperPages by the end of October, please call 1-800-888-8448.

Verizon Information Services and SuperPages.com

Verizon Information Services is the world's largest print and online directory publisher, a content provider for communications products and services, and the largest publisher of Hispanic directories in the U.S. With operations in seven countries and a U.S. Commonwealth and annual revenues of more than $4.3 billion, Verizon Information Services publishes nearly 1,200 U.S. Verizon SuperPages directories and 200 international directories with a total circulation of approximately 135 million copies worldwide.

Based in the Dallas area, Verizon Information Services produces and markets SuperPages.com, the Internet's #1 online directory and shopping resource. SuperPages.com receives as many as 16 million visits and nine million unique visitors a month and powers directory services on MSN, InfoSpace, Excite, Lycos, Univision.com, Terra.com, YupiMSN.com, Ask Jeeves, HotBot, BigFoot, Tripod and Angelfire as well as more than 2,500 affiliate Web sites.

The company supports computer literacy with philanthropic programs and through the Enlighten Me and Internet Learning Tutor sites on SuperPages.com. Enlighten Me is a fun site where children and their caregivers go to read, learn and explore. The Internet Learning Tutor is specifically designed for adults who are just learning their way around the Internet.

Verizon Information Services is a unit of Verizon Communications Inc. (NYSE:VZ), one of the world's leading providers of communications services. Verizon Foundation last year awarded 22,000 grants totaling more than $70 million to nonprofit agencies that focus on improving basic and computer literacy, enriching communities through technology, and creating a skilled work force.