Completion of Fiber-Optic Transformation of Lower Manhattan Communications Network in Sight

  Completion of Fiber-Optic Transformation of Lower Manhattan Communications
                               Network in Sight

Modernized and More Resilient, Lower Manhattan's Telecommunications Network Is
'Verizon Strong'

PR Newswire

NEW YORK, Feb. 5, 2013

NEW YORK, Feb. 5, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --With a fiber-optic backbone network
already installed in lower Manhattan after Superstorm Sandy, Verizon has
restored voice and high-speed data services in more than 90 percent of the
office and commercial space where power, construction and other infrastructure
repairs have been completed.

In conjunction with building management companies, Verizon continues to bring
advanced fiber into their buildings to serve residential and business tenants.

The company will present its comprehensive companywide Sandy response at a
panel discussion on Tuesday (Feb. 5), hosted by the Federal Communications
Commission, at the Alexander Hamilton U.S. Customs House, 1 Bowling Green, in
lower Manhattan.

"Block-by-block, building-by-building, we are completely transforming the
infrastructure of this vibrant and key part of New York City," said Martin
Burvill, senior vice president of global operations for Verizon Enterprise
Solutions. "This dramatic a transformation effort in just three short months
is unprecedented, and we have done an incredible amount of work in a very
short amount of time to get our customers up and running as soon as possible.
There is much more work to do, but when we are done our customers in lower
Manhattan will have one of the most advanced communications networks in the

He also noted that the company, to report its progress, has kept in regular
contact with New York City officials, community boards, the New York State
Public Service Commission, various real estate and commerce agencies, and
downtown residents.

(Note: To view or embed videos depicting the damage to Verizon's networks and
the massive restoration efforts go to the company's Hurricane Sandy YouTube
playlist at

Burvill noted that discussions are ongoing with realty companies to engineer
paths to bring Verizon's fiber services into their buildings and onto upper
tenant floors. He said that as buildings focus on their own heat, power and
other construction issues, the company is standing ready to install fiber
cabling and associated electronics and switch gear to handle the new services.

While much of the restoration work takes place underground and in basements,
"round-the-clock work in manholes and alongside building superintendents will
make the telecommunications network in lower Manhattan 'Verizon strong' for
decades to come," Burvill said

Verizon's work includes:

  o150 tons of copper removed, more than all the copper in the Statue of
  o6,500 miles of fiber strands installed.
  oCrews continue to work round-the-clock.

Alternative Services Keep Consumers and Small Businesses Connected

During the restoration process, Verizon has provided alternate communications
solutions, free of charge, to thousands of small businesses and residential
customers in the area and elsewhere around the metro area to get them back in
business and their communications flowing. These solutions include
call-forwarding capabilities to approximately 7,000 lines of consumers and
small businesses so that calls are automatically forwarded to a working
landline or cellphone number. In addition, the company has provided to
customers at no charge voice and data products through the reliable Verizon
Wireless network. The company has provided more than 3,700 Verizon Wireless
Home Phone Connect (for voice service) and Verizon 4G LTE Jetpack™ Mobile
Hotspot (for data services) devices.

The company is installing the revolutionary fiber-optic infrastructure since
its copper cables that served businesses and residences in the area south of
Worth Street, from the East River to the Hudson River, were destroyed. This
was the result of the unprecedented flooding, the mixture of salt water and
diesel fuel in some buildings from compromised tanks that were in place to
fuel generators, and the loss of air pressurization systems that help protect
copper cables from water infiltration.

Verizon Communications Inc. (NYSE, Nasdaq: VZ), headquartered in New York, is
a global leader in delivering broadband and other wireless and wireline
communications services to consumer, business, government and wholesale
customers. Verizon Wireless operates America's most reliable wireless
network, with more than 98 million retail connections nationwide. Verizon
also provides converged communications, information and entertainment services
over America's most advanced fiber-optic network, and delivers integrated
business solutions to customers in more than 150 countries, including all of
the Fortune 500. A Dow 30 company with nearly $116 billion in 2012 revenues,
Verizon employs a diverse workforce of 183,400. For more information, visit 

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