Verizon Earns FCC Approval to Offer Long-Distance Service in Massachusetts

Company to Launch Surprise-Free, Long-Distance Service



Apr 16, 2001, 01:00 ET from Verizon Communications

    WASHINGTON, April 16 /PRNewswire/ -- Verizon Communications (NYSE:   VZ)
 today received approval from the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to
 offer long-distance service in Massachusetts.  The company said it will soon
 launch its simple, easy-to-use calling plans.
     "With this ruling, Massachusetts consumers will be able to get
 full-service telecommunications from Verizon, a company they know and trust,"
 said Tom Tauke, Verizon senior vice president of public policy & external
 affairs.
     Massachusetts is the second state in which Verizon has received approval
 as required by the Telecommunications Act to offer long-distance service.  In
 January 2000, Verizon (then Bell Atlantic) was the first regional Bell company
 allowed to offer long-distance service in its local service area when it won
 approval to sell long-distance services in New York.
     "Verizon offers dramatic value for consumers not currently subscribing to
 a long-distance plan," said Robert Mudge, Verizon Massachusetts president.
 "The Telecommunications Research and Action Center, an independent watchdog
 consumer group, estimates that New Yorkers saved $220 million last year after
 Verizon offered long-distance service in that state."
 "Bay Staters already are seeing the benefits of competition for local
 services," Mudge said.  "Our biggest competitors introduced local service
 offerings as soon as Verizon applied to the FCC to offer long-distance service
 in Massachusetts.  Consumers and businesses now will have more choice for both
 local and long-distance service."
     Verizon's competitors in the state now serve more than 850,000 customers.
  "There is more competition on a percentage basis in Massachusetts now than
 there was in New York or Texas when Verizon's and SBC's long-distance
 applications were filed for those states," said Tauke.
     "Today's decision levels the playing field.  Until today, customers could
 buy all their telecommunications services only from our competitors -- from
 local calling and calling services to regional calling, long-distance service,
 video and data services," said Tauke.
     The company expects to hire more than 100 employees this year to serve its
 new long-distance customers in the state.
     In addition to New York and Massachusetts, Verizon offers long-distance
 service in 36 other states, formerly served by GTE Long Distance.  On March 5,
 Verizon announced that it had five million long-distance customers and is the
 country's fourth largest long-distance company.
 
     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 nearly
 109 million access line equivalents and more than 28 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
 $63 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 http://www.verizon.com.
 
     ON THE INTERNET: Verizon news releases, executive speeches and
 biographies, news media contacts and other information are available at
 Verizon's News Center on the World Wide Web (http://www.verizon.com/news).  To
 receive news releases by email, visit the News Center and register for
 personalized automatic delivery of Verizon news releases.
 
 

SOURCE Verizon Communications
    WASHINGTON, April 16 /PRNewswire/ -- Verizon Communications (NYSE:   VZ)
 today received approval from the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to
 offer long-distance service in Massachusetts.  The company said it will soon
 launch its simple, easy-to-use calling plans.
     "With this ruling, Massachusetts consumers will be able to get
 full-service telecommunications from Verizon, a company they know and trust,"
 said Tom Tauke, Verizon senior vice president of public policy & external
 affairs.
     Massachusetts is the second state in which Verizon has received approval
 as required by the Telecommunications Act to offer long-distance service.  In
 January 2000, Verizon (then Bell Atlantic) was the first regional Bell company
 allowed to offer long-distance service in its local service area when it won
 approval to sell long-distance services in New York.
     "Verizon offers dramatic value for consumers not currently subscribing to
 a long-distance plan," said Robert Mudge, Verizon Massachusetts president.
 "The Telecommunications Research and Action Center, an independent watchdog
 consumer group, estimates that New Yorkers saved $220 million last year after
 Verizon offered long-distance service in that state."
 "Bay Staters already are seeing the benefits of competition for local
 services," Mudge said.  "Our biggest competitors introduced local service
 offerings as soon as Verizon applied to the FCC to offer long-distance service
 in Massachusetts.  Consumers and businesses now will have more choice for both
 local and long-distance service."
     Verizon's competitors in the state now serve more than 850,000 customers.
  "There is more competition on a percentage basis in Massachusetts now than
 there was in New York or Texas when Verizon's and SBC's long-distance
 applications were filed for those states," said Tauke.
     "Today's decision levels the playing field.  Until today, customers could
 buy all their telecommunications services only from our competitors -- from
 local calling and calling services to regional calling, long-distance service,
 video and data services," said Tauke.
     The company expects to hire more than 100 employees this year to serve its
 new long-distance customers in the state.
     In addition to New York and Massachusetts, Verizon offers long-distance
 service in 36 other states, formerly served by GTE Long Distance.  On March 5,
 Verizon announced that it had five million long-distance customers and is the
 country's fourth largest long-distance company.
 
     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 nearly
 109 million access line equivalents and more than 28 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
 $63 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 http://www.verizon.com.
 
     ON THE INTERNET: Verizon news releases, executive speeches and
 biographies, news media contacts and other information are available at
 Verizon's News Center on the World Wide Web (http://www.verizon.com/news).  To
 receive news releases by email, visit the News Center and register for
 personalized automatic delivery of Verizon news releases.
 
 SOURCE  Verizon Communications

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