Edison, N.J. - To reach across the digital divide to the estimated 35 percent of adults who do not have Internet access, Verizon Information Services--a unit of telecommunications company Verizon Communications--is sponsoring a free Internet Learning Day in Edison, N.J., on Saturday, May 5. Held at the CompUSA Training SuperCenter, the event is the 23rd program in a nationwide series started in 1998.
The Internet Learning Day consists of eight one-hour sessions, the first starting at 9 a.m. and the last at 4 p.m. To ensure all participants have access to a computer, reservations must be made by calling 1-877-707-7685. Participants will learn how the Internet works, its history and frequently used vocabulary. In addition to visiting a number of community and job-related Web sites, participants will also receive information on local places they can freely access the Internet.
"As a leader in the community, Verizon strives to provide comprehensive and accurate information so residents and businesses can be better connected," said Kathy Harless, Verizon Information Services president. "The Internet Learning Day series addresses our community's changing needs in an Internet-focused economy."
Saturday's Internet Learning Day is supported by the Middlesex County Workforce Investment Board and the Edison Township Free Public Library, along with community organizations such as the One Stop Career Center, the Perth Amboy Neighborhood Empowerment Council and the Cathedral Community Development Corp., that promote attendance to their members.
"The Internet Learning Day introduces our residents to the invaluable resources the World Wide Web has to offer," said Roberta Schecter, Edison Township Free Public Library reference librarian. "As a public source of information, The Edison Public Library is proud to participate in such a proactive educational event."
Each participant will receive a free copy of the Verizon Internet Learning Disc (ILDisc.) The ILDisc is an educational CD-ROM developed by Verizon that teaches novice Internet users how to navigate the Web. Starting May 7, each partner organization will make the Internet Learning Disc available to those residents unable to attend the event.
Supported by local non-profit organizations across the country, the Verizon program has helped more than 4,000 Internet novices navigate the World Wide Web with free one-hour, instructor-led training sessions. The Internet Learning Day is a complement to Verizon Information Services' electronic offerings including Verizon's SuperPages.com, the Internet's #1 online directory and shopping site.
Verizon Information Services is a world leading print and online directory publisher and a content provider for communications products and services. The largest directory publisher in the world, Verizon has annual revenues of more than $4.1 billion and employs more than 11,000 people. The company provides sales, publishing and other related services for nearly 2,300 directory titles in 48 states, the District of Columbia and 17 countries outside the U.S. This includes more than 1,600 Verizon directory titles with a total circulation of approximately 110 million copies in the U.S. and 37 million copies internationally.
Verizon Information Services also produces and markets SuperPages.com, the Internet's preeminent online directory and shopping resource. SuperPages.com has received up to 7.7 million visits and 3.4 million unique visitors per month, and is the exclusive Yellow Pages provider on Excite, Lycos, AOL Service, AOL.com, Digital City, HotBot, and BigFoot. Based in the Dallas area, Verizon Information Services is a unit of Verizon Communications Inc. (NYSE:VZ), which was formed by the merger of Bell Atlantic and GTE. Verizon is one of the world's leading providers of communications services.