J.D. Power and Associates Ranks Verizon Business Highest in Customer Satisfaction Among Large Enterprises

When it comes to customer satisfaction, Verizon Business is a leader in its class, according to J.D. Power and Associates' 2009 Major Provider Business Telecommunications Study - Data ServicesSM.  In the annual study, J.D. Power and Associates determined that Verizon Business is the top performer in overall satisfaction in the Large Enterprise segment, and sets the study benchmark in performance and reliability, customer service, cost of service, and offerings and promotions.

Fran Shammo, president of Verizon Business, said: "This J.D. Power and Associates award reflects an overwhelming vote of confidence from our customers.  While we celebrate this important recognition of our customer-first commitment, we won't rest on our laurels.  Businesses worldwide can continue to count on us for the innovation, high performance and quality service delivery that separate Verizon Business from the competition."

Leading the Pack

In the Large Enterprise segment Verizon Business scored highest in four of the six key performance factors used by J.D. Power and Associates to measure customer satisfaction: performance and reliability, customer service, cost of service, and offerings and promotions; and tied for the highest score in a fifth performance factor: sales representatives/account executives.  Moreover, Verizon Business' overall score of 694 on a scale of 1,000 was 22 points higher than the average segment score.

"We take network reliability very seriously," said Shammo. "Verizon Business is the operator of the world's most interconnected Internet backbone and a leading provider of IP and data services, and our customers worldwide rely on us to be the backbone of their business."   

J.D. Power and Associates' 2009 Major Provider Business Telecommunications Services Study - Data ServicesSM surveyed U.S. home-based, small to mid-sized and large-enterprise business customers to measure customer satisfaction with providers of telecommunications data services such as cable modem, DSL, T1, T3/DS3, IP-based networks for VPNs, Ethernet services, videoconferencing applications, Web site hosting and managed services.  The surveys were conducted in January and April 2009.

About J.D. Power and Associates
Headquartered in Westlake Village, Calif., J.D. Power and Associates is a global marketing information services company operating in key business sectors including market research, forecasting, performance improvement, Web intelligence and customer satisfaction.  The company's quality and satisfaction measurements are based on responses from millions of consumers annually.  For more information on car reviews and ratings, car insurance, health insurance, cell phone ratings, and more, please visit JDPower.com. J.D. Power and Associates is a business unit of The McGraw-Hill Companies.

About Verizon Business
Verizon Business, a unit of Verizon Communications (NYSE: VZ), is a global leader in communications and IT solutions. We combine professional expertise with the world's most connected IP network to deliver award-winning communications, IT, information security and network solutions. We securely connect today's extended enterprises of widespread and mobile customers, partners, suppliers and employees - enabling them to increase productivity and efficiency and help preserve the environment.  Many of the world's largest businesses and governments - including 96 percent of the Fortune 1000 and thousands of government agencies and educational institutions - rely on our professional and managed services and network technologies to accelerate their business. Find out more at www.verizonbusiness.com.