IRVING, Texas - GTE celebrated the dawn of the new millennium with ringing
telephones instead of fireworks and champagne. GTE's 500 on-duty employees
nationwide worked through the night to ensure the company's telecommunications network and Internet services entered the 21st century with no disruptions. GTE's local telephone, wireless, cable and Internet networks have been running smoothly since the clock struck midnight.
An industry-leading approach to preparing for the Year 2000 rollover paid
off as GTE entered the new millennium with no major disruptions in service. "GTE's $385 million investment, and the work of our 1,200-person staff, have made our entry into 2000 a smooth one," said Gerry Roth, vice president of Y2K for GTE. "We are pleased to say that our customers are not experiencing any Y2K-related outages in their telephone, paging, wireless or Internet service."
"The cooperation between telephone companies and vendors was critical to
the success of our Y2K transition," said Roth. "What's more, the public responded to our calls to exercise prudence in picking up the phone at midnight, keeping network congestion to a minimum."
GTE took an aggressive approach to preparing for the Year 2000 rollover,
and was the first telecommunications company in the country certified under the Information Technology Association of America's Year 2000 program as having met best practices.
In 1996, GTE published the "Criteria for Century Compliance," which became the industry's informal standard for determining Y2K readiness. As a charter member of the Telco Year 2000 Forum, GTE was an active participant in voluntary industry efforts related to Y2K. Other members of the Forum are Bell Atlantic, Ameritech, BellSouth, Cincinnati Bell, SBC Communications and US West.
Manufacturers and GTE experts tested the telephone network, including switching and transmission equipment, multiple times for the Year 2000. Several telecommunications industry groups, including the Telco Year 2000 Forum and the Alliance for Telecom Industry Solutions, also conducted thousands of tests. GTE is a member of both of those industry groups.
With 1998 revenues of more than $25 billion, GTE is a leading telecommunications provider with one of the industry's broadest arrays of products and services. In the United States, GTE provides local service in 28 states and wireless service in 18 states, as well as nationwide long-distance, directory, and internetworking services ranging from dial-up Internet access for residential and small-business consumers to Web-based applications for Fortune 500 companies. Outside the United States, the company serves customers on five continents. More information about GTE can be found at http://www.gte.com.
GTE's community and philanthropic programs target excellence in education, particularly math, science, technology and literacy. GTE also supports job training, delivery of health and human services, and the arts. The company's newest program is GTE Reads, a public charity designed to create public awareness, increase fundraising and support organizations dedicated to improving America's literacy levels. GTE customers can contribute to GTE Reads by checking off a box on their bill. Others can contribute through GTE Superpages.com (http://www.superpages.com).