LAUREL, Del. -- Verizon Communications recently has invested $69,000 to expand and modernize its
local telephone network in the Laurel area of Sussex County. This represents one of the company's major fiber-optic
projects in Sussex County last year.
Verizon installed fiber-optic cable and electronic equipment along Route 9 between U.S. Route 13 and County Road
478 northwest of Laurel, providing increased bandwidth and reliability for residence and business customers. The
aerial and underground cables contain a total of 134 fiber miles, or the total distance if all of the fibers in the cable
were placed end to end.
"Our mission is ensuring that Delaware's citizens have full access to the opportunities of the new
economy," said Joshua W. Martin III, president of Verizon Delaware. "Verizon is committed to building
a telecommunications network that is second to none and to delivering the benefits of advanced technology to
Fiber-optic systems use hair-thin glass strands and digital technology to deliver high quality telephone services as well
as high-speed/high-capacity voice and data services.
Martin said Verizon has accelerated its investment in telecommunications infrastructure throughout the First State:
- Investment in the company's Delaware network since 1995 exceeds $450 million.
- Miles of fiber in the state increased by 43 percent from 88,827 miles in 1999 to more than 127,000 miles today.
- The company deployed 68 SONET (Synchronous Optical Network) rings in its Delaware network in 2000.
SONET rings provide multiple choices of high-speed voice and data services and are self-healing, automatically
rerouting telecommunications transmissions in the event of a service disruption.
- Verizon Online DSL service was launched in Delaware in January 2000. DSL is a high-speed connection to the
Internet that enables users to surf the World Wide Web at speeds much faster than today's fastest analog modems.
Today, more than 70,000 Delaware households are able to get Verizon Online DSL.
"Telecommunications-intensive information and service sectors have driven Delaware's economy in recent years
and are predicted to increase in importance," Martin said. "Verizon's investment in telecommunications
infrastructure will enhance Delaware's ability to stimulate economic growth, attract new jobs and businesses and
provide the opportunity to shape our state's future in the 21st century."
Verizon Communications (NYSE:VZ) 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 nearly 109
million access line equivalents and more than 27.5 million wireless customers. Verizon is also the world's largest
provider of print and online directory information. A Fortune 10 company with approximately 260,000 employees
and more than $63 billion in annual revenues, Verizon's global presence extends to 40 countries in the Americas,
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