Verizon Brands First White and Yellow Pages Cover in Erie County, N.Y.

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BUFFALO, N.Y. - Connecting buyers and sellers, Verizon Information Services, formed by the merger between Bell Atlantic and GTE, just finished delivering one of the country's first Verizon-branded directories in Erie County, N.Y. Over 500,000 copies of its 2000-2001 combined White and Yellow Pages phone books were delivered to area businesses and residences.

"Erie County is among the first of 1,600 phonebooks that will become part of the Verizon family of local community directories published nationwide," said local Verizon General Sales Manager Robert Bickmire. "With features such as the Inside Interest Pages, the Internet Guide and the Government Blue Pages, the Erie County directory reflects our belief in enriching our customers' and advertisers' lives by giving them a means to find the products and services they want, when they want them."

The Inside Interest Pages section of the phone book showcases area attractions, entertainment, recreation and community services. This section is enhanced with photographs, maps and stadium charts as well as a brief history of the surrounding area.

In addition to finding local listings in the Erie County directory, area residents can also log on to Verizon (, the Internet's leading online directory and shopping resource for millions of local and national business listings. also recently added PeoplePages, a White Pages residential listings tool, that's easy to use. In support of both and the printed directory, the Erie County directory includes the Verizon Internet Guide, a step-by-step primer designed to help novice Internet users.

"Our primary goal is to provide many options for our customers to find the information and resources they are looking for," said Bickmire. "Through our printed and online directories, customers can now find virtually everything they need."

Anyone who needs to order extra directories or has not yet received a directory should call Verizon Information Services' Distribution Department at

About Verizon Information Services

Verizon Information Services is the world's 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.

Verizon Information Services provides sales, publishing and other related services for nearly 2,500 directory titles in 47 states and the District of Columbia and 18 countries outside the U.S. This includes more than 1,600 Verizon directory titles with a total circulation of approximately 112 million copies in the U.S. and 41 million copies internationally.

Verizon Information Services also produces and markets, the Internet's leading online directory and shopping resource. receives more than 4.2 million visits from approximately 1.8 million unique visitors per month, and is the exclusive provider of a comprehensive Yellow Pages service to AOL, Lycos, HotBot, Digital City, BigFoot and BigBook.

Based in the Dallas area, Verizon Information Services is a unit of Verizon Communications, headquartered in New York, N.Y. Verizon Communications (NYSE:VZ), formed by the merger of Bell Atlantic and GTE, is one of the world's leading providers of communications services. For more information on Verizon, visit

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