Verizon Sponsors Free Internet Learning Day in Queens at Two Locations

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QUEENS, N.Y. - To reach across the digital divide to the estimated 35 percent of adults who do not have Internet access, Verizon Information Services-publishers of and the Queens SuperPages (formerly Yellow Pages)- is sponsoring a free Internet Learning Day at two locations in Queens, N.Y., on Saturday, June 23.

For the first time since the nationwide series started in 1998, the Internet Learning Day classes will be held in two locations, the One Stop Career Center, in Jamaica and the CompUSA Training SuperCenter, in Rego Park. The Internet Learning Day consists of eight one-hour sessions, the first starting at 9 a.m. and the last at 4 p.m where the event is held in two locations. To ensure all participants have access to a computer, reservations must be made by calling

Saturday's Internet Learning Day is supported by the Queens Public Library and the Queens One-Stop Career Center, along with organizations such as the City of New York Workforce Investment Board, the New York City Department of Employment, the New York City Human Resources Administration and the New York State Department of Labor, that promote attendance to their members.

"The New York City Workforce Investment Board and the Queens One Stop Career Center are delighted to partner with Verizon to bring the wonders of the World Wide Web to our clients, " said Ellen Howard-Cooper, the director of the One Stop Career Center. "We are in the business of helping people find jobs, and using the resources on the Web is a key to any job search."

Participants will learn how the Internet works, its history and frequently used vocabulary. In addition to visiting a number of community and job-related Web sites, participants will also receive information on local places they can freely access the Internet.

Each participant will receive a free copy of the Verizon Internet Learning Disc (ILDisc.) The ILDisc is an educational CD-ROM developed by Verizon that teaches novice Internet users how to navigate the Web.

Supported by local non-profit organizations across the country, the Verizon program has tutored more than 4,500 Internet novices navigate the World Wide Web with free one-hour, instructor-led training sessions. The Internet Learning Day is a complement to Verizon Information Services' electronic offerings including Verizon's, the Internet's #1 online directory and shopping site.

Verizon Information Services and

Verizon Information Services is a world leading print and online directory publisher and a content provider for communications products and services. The largest directory publisher in the world, Verizon has annual revenues of more than $4.1 billion and employs more than 11,000 people.

Verizon Information Services provides sales, publishing and other related services for nearly 2,300 directory titles in 48 states and the District of Columbia and 16 countries outside the U.S. This includes nearly 1,600 Verizon directory titles with a total circulation of approximately 107 million copies in the U.S. and 37 million copies internationally.

Verizon Information Services also produces and markets, the Internet's preeminent online directory and shopping resource. receives as many as 8.1 million visits and completes as many as 19.9 million searches per month. also powers directory services on InfoSpace, Excite, Lycos, Ask Jeeves, HotBot, BigFoot, AOL Service,, and Digital City.

Based in the Dallas area, Verizon Information Services is a unit of Verizon Communications Inc. (NYSE:VZ), which was formed by the merger of Bell Atlantic and GTE. Verizon is one of the world's leading providers of communications services. For more information on Verizon Information Services, visit

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