Verizon Select Services Long-Distance Customers; Now Served by Verizon Long Distance

Company Consolidates Long-Distance Units;

Now Offers Simple Long-Distance Plans in 38 States

Jun 01, 2001, 01:00 ET from Verizon

    NEW YORK, June 1 /PRNewswire/ -- What's in a name?  When the name involves
 the nation's fourth largest long-distance competitor, it's a lot -- innovative
 calling plans and an adrenaline shot of competitive savings for residential
 and business customers.
     Starting today, residential and small business long-distance customers of
 Verizon Select Services Inc. (formerly GTE Long Distance) are served by
 Verizon Long Distance (formerly Bell Atlantic Communications).
     The new name will appear on all long-distance correspondence, including
 the customer's long-distance bills.  Rates will remain the same and calling
 card customers will continue to be able to make calls away from home or the
     "You can count on Verizon Long Distance to continue to provide the same
 excellent service and offer a variety of innovative calling plans and products
 to consumers and businesses for both domestic and international calling," said
 Maura Breen, president, Verizon Long Distance.  "We've successfully combined
 the plans, platforms and programs of the former GTE and Bell Atlantic
 long-distance companies to create one of the fastest-growing long-distance
 companies in the country."
     About Verizon Long Distance
     In December 1999, Bell Atlantic was the first regional Bell operating
 company authorized to sell long-distance services in its home state.  When GTE
 and Bell Atlantic merged in June 2000 to create Verizon, the former Bell
 Atlantic and GTE long-distance companies continued to serve their customers
 under the new names Verizon Long Distance and Verizon Select Services.
 Originally, the two units offered a separate set of calling plans to their
 customers.  Today, Verizon Long Distance offers basically the same plans to
 its customers nationwide.
     Recently, the Telecommunications Research & Action Center (TRAC), a
 consumer watchdog agency, concluded that New York consumers are saving up to
 $700 million a year on local and long-distance services.  The FCC recently
 found the highest levels of competition in states where the incumbent local
 telephone company offers long-distance service.
     Verizon Long Distance is the nation's fourth largest long-distance company
 with more than 5.2 million customers and reaches 250 countries and
 international locations.  Currently, Verizon Long Distance offers service in
 38: Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Florida, Georgia,
 Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana,
 Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska,
 Nevada, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma,
 Oregon, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Washington,
 Wisconsin and Wyoming.
     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 112 million
 access line equivalents and 27 million wireless customers.  Verizon is also
 the largest directory publisher in the world.  A Fortune 10 company with
 approximately 260,000 employees and more than $65 billion in annual revenues,
 Verizon's global presence extends to 40 countries in the Americas, Europe,
 Asia and the Pacific.  For more information on Verizon, visit
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