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Washington, D.C. -- When George W. Bush recites the historic presidential oath of office on Jan. 20, much
of the world will be able to watch and listen, and the day's events will run smoother thanks to the Verizon
Communications network and a special team of over 200 technicians and managers.
Faced with a compressed timeframe due to the delay in certifying the winner of last November's presidential election,
Verizon is racing to install over 3,600 circuits - ranging from standard voice lines to special video circuits for television
networks - in time for Inauguration Day this Saturday.
"We couldn't start taking orders and installing circuits until the winner of the election was decided," said Paul
Henkelman, co-project manager of the special effort for Verizon. "What that left us with was less than half the time
we usually have to prepare for an event as complex and significant as the Presidential Inauguration - but we are more
than equal to the challenge, and everything will be ready for Saturday."
"We're able to meet the needs of the news media and various agencies - including the Secret Service - due in large
part to the extensive and advanced network we already have in place here in Washington, D.C.," added Ramona
Green, Verizon co-project manager. "In addition, we have a great team of highly trained and skilled technicians,
engineers and other employees from several states."
Verizon already has taken orders for over 2,000 voice telephone lines, 200 special video circuits, 12 audio circuits, 25
high-speed, high-capacity DS-1 data lines, and over 1,400 ISDN (Integrated Services Digital Network) lines. The
orders have come from domestic and international television networks and local television stations, radio networks and
local radio stations, and various other broadcast and print news media outlets. Verizon also has taken orders from a
variety of federal agencies associated with the inauguration ceremony, the parade, and multiple events - including eight
different Inaugural Balls.
In addition to the special circuits, Verizon has installed temporary fiber-optic lines to news media locations on the
Capitol grounds and on the National Mall. Also, company technicians are installing a fiber-optic circuit from the
bottom to the top of the Washington Monument to accommodate several broadcast outlets. Finally, Verizon has
placed temporary pay phones at the Lincoln Memorial for the opening ceremony on Thursday.
"To accomplish such a feat within this short timeframe, we had to draw on a great deal of expertise from many different organizations within Verizon," said Henkelman. "The teamwork on this effort has been tremendous. We'll be watching the event Saturday knowing that the world will be able to share in this special moment thanks to the work of
these employees and the Verizon network."
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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 27 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
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