Verizon Network Holding Up Following Ike's Deluge

BAYTOWN, Texas - Verizon's landline telecommunications network is functioning despite widespread power outages in the region caused by Hurricane Ike's rampage through Texas.

The company has begun assessing damage to its facilities - such as downed lines and broken poles - and assembling the resources that will be required to restore service.  As part of this restoral effort, Verizon expects to draw on technicians from other parts of Texas in coming days as necessary.

Verizon serves a number of communities in the Houston metropolitan area, including Baytown, Dickinson, Hitchcock, League City and Stafford.

"Customers' landline service can be their lifeline during times like this, and Verizon is doing what it can to help people make the connections that are important to them," said Trinidad Aguirre, senior vice president and general manager for Verizon's South-Central region. 

Back-up generators and batteries are powering many Verizon facilities where commercial power is lost, ensuring that customers still are receiving phone service even though the power may be out. 

One point customers should remember is that, if the power goes out, cordless phones won't work even though the customer's land line may still be active.  Customers should have at least one corded phone, which will work in cases where the power is out but their phone service still works.  Corded phones can be purchased at Verizon Plus stores or other stores that sell electronics. 

Verizon customers should call 800-483-1000 to report any landline phone outage. 

Verizon is working to set up phone banks at key locations in its southeast Texas service area, offering free local and long-distance calling and Internet access to people affected by Hurricane Ike.  In addition, Verizon has installed three phone lines at the National Guard Armory in Bonham, northeast of Dallas, where many evacuees from the affected areas have relocated.

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