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

Tue Feb 5, 2013 9:15am EST

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

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  http://vz.to/sandyvideos.)

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:

* 150 tons of copper removed, more than all the copper in the Statue of Liberty.
 
* 6,500 miles of fiber strands installed.  
* Crews 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  www.verizon.com.  

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SOURCE  Verizon


John Bonomo, +1-212-321-8033, John.J.Bonomo@Verizon.com, or Janet Brumfield,
+1-614-723-1060, Janet.Brumfield@Verizon.com

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