08.14.2003|Corporate

Verizon Networks Operate Well Despite Blackout

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NEW YORK - Verizon wireline and wireless networks are operating well despite the loss of commercial power in several states served by the company.

In all Verizon's service areas where commercial power was lost, the company's hundreds of call-routing centers immediately converted to diesel backups. Verizon's networks are designed to operate on backup electric power when commercial power is lost.

Verizon's wireline network is performing normally while handling heavier-than-normal call volumes in the Northeast. Enhanced 9-1-1 emergency services are not affected.

Verizon Wireless's network also is fully operational, although customers in the New York City and other impacted areas are asked to be patient if their calls do not go through on the first attempt due to very heavy calling.

Verizon Communications

A Fortune 10 company, 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 137.6 million access line equivalents and 34.6 million Verizon Wireless customers. Verizon is the third largest long-distance carrier for U.S. consumers, with 14.6 million long-distance lines, and the company is also the largest directory publisher in the world, as measured by directory titles and circulation. With approximately $67 billion in annual revenues and 221,000 employees, Verizon's global presence extends to the Americas, Europe and Asia. For more information on Verizon, visit www.verizon.com.

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