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SUN PRAIRIE, Wis. - Verizon Communications, the national communications company formed by the merger of Bell Atlantic and GTE, is investing more than $2 million to modernize its local telephone network in the Adams-Friendship area of Adams County.
The company recently installed new electronic call-routing equipment and Verizon's building has been remodeled to accommodate the new switching equipment. Verizon also has installed additional fiber-optic cable throughout the area, providing additional reliability in the company's telecommunications network.
Work on the project has been underway for over a year and is scheduled to be completed in December.
Fiber-optic systems use hair-thin glass fibers and digital technology to deliver high quality telephone service along with high-capacity/high-speed voice and data transmission services. Fiber-optic cable is unaffected by electrical storms, does not corrode and is not susceptible to water damage.
"This project is the latest evidence that Verizon is committed to delivering a state-of-the-art telecommunications network throughout Wisconsin," said Craig Lilley, general manager-customer operations for Verizon.
Lilley said Verizon has been a leader in deploying advanced technology throughout the state. The company's investment in its Wisconsin network will exceed $77 million this year, bringing the total investment since 1998 to over $254 million. Verizon invests more than $12 billion annually in its telecommunications network, which is one of the most advanced in the world and features an industry-leading 8.3 million miles of fiber-optic systems.
Verizon's call-routing switches in the state are 100 percent digital, and the company's aggressive schedule for deploying fiber-optic cable has increased miles of fiber-optic facilities in Wisconsin by 40 percent since 1995 -- from 2,309 miles to over 3,242 miles in 2000.
The Adams upgrade will not affect the price of local service and no dialing changes will be necessary. Customers may notice a slightly different pitch in their dial tone and busy signal.
Verizon Communications Inc. (NYSE:VZ), formed by the merger of Bell Atlantic and GTE, is one of the world's leading providers of communications services. Verizon companies are the largest providers of wireline and wireless communications in the United States, with more than 101 million access line equivalents and more than 26 million wireless customers. A Fortune 10 company with more than 260,000 employees and approximately $60 billion in 1999 revenues, Verizon's global presence extends to 40 countries in the Americas, Europe, Asia and the Pacific. For more information on Verizon, visit www.verizon.com .