Verizon Supports Internet Education for Area Residents through Free Internet Learning Day

SYRACUSE, N.Y. - Verizon Information Services ? formed by a merger between GTE and Bell Atlantic - will bring the Internet to area residents Saturday, July 8, by sponsoring a free Internet Learning Day at the Syracuse CompUSA Training Center in the Carousel Center Mall.

The event complements the 2000-2001 Internet Guide, a 12-page tabbed insert in the Syracuse metropolitan area Yellow Pages, published by Bell Atlantic - which is now Verizon Information Services. The guide is a step-by-step primer designed for novice Internet users.

The Internet Learning Day initiative, supported by local community organizations, is offered to residents who may not have access to Internet training. The Syracuse event is the 17th in an ongoing series of Internet Learning Days.

"The Internet Guide and the Internet Learning Day series are targeted at the 35 percent of the adult population who do not have access to learning about the Internet," said Kathy Harless, president -Verizon Information Services. "We believe that offering such community-oriented initiatives is consistent with our efforts to provide local information and services such as the Internet that allow for global access."

Saturday's Internet Learning Day event-expected to attract some 150 participants-is co-sponsored by Onondaga County Public Libraries, Onondaga County Department of Aging and Youth, The Dunbar Association and Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc. These community-based organizations are participating in the event as well by promoting attendance to their membership. According to representatives of these community organizations, there is a lack of available Internet education for adults of all ages and socio-economic levels.

The advertiser-supported Internet Guide contains information on hardware and software requirements, a step-by-step approach for connecting to the World Wide Web, tips on choosing an Internet service provider, Frequently Asked Questions and a list of recommended local, regional and national Web sites. In addition to the Internet Guide, the Resource Guide, designed to provide information to consumers about health care, home improvement and pet care, is included as a helpful resource in the Yellow Pages.

Participants in the beginner sessions receive information on locations to access the Internet for free and ways to acquire a personal computer at a reduced cost. Attendees from the sessions can participate in a drawing for a personal computer.

About Verizon Information Services

A leader in linking buyers and sellers, Verizon Information Services, formed by the merger between Bell Atlantic and GTE, is the largest directory publisher in the world and produces the Internet's leading online directory and shopping resource, SuperPages.com. Based in the Dallas area, Verizon Information Services provides sales, publishing and other related services for nearly 2,500 directory titles in 47 states and the District of Columbia and 18 countries outside the U.S. This includes more than 1,600 Verizon directory titles with a total circulation of approximately 112 million copies domestically and 41 million internationally.

The Internet's number one online directory service, SuperPages.com receives more than 4.2 million visits and approximately 1.8 million unique visitors per month, and is the exclusive provider of a comprehensive Yellow Pages service to AOL, Lycos, HotBot, Digital City, BigFoot and Big Book.

Verizon Information Services is a unit of Verizon Communications, based in New York, NY.