Verizon Seeks Approval to Offer Long-Distance Service in Connecticut; Company Currently Provides Local Service in Two Communities

Apr 23, 2001, 01:00 ET from Verizon Communications

    WASHINGTON, April 23 /PRNewswire Interactive News Release/ -- Verizon New
 York today asked the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) for permission to
 offer long-distance service in Connecticut.  Verizon serves only a small part
 of Connecticut, the two communities of Byram and Greenwich, out of its New
 York operations.
     "We are using the same wholesale systems and processes in Greenwich and
 Byram that the FCC reviewed when it approved our application for New York,"
 said Tom Tauke, Verizon senior vice president of public policy & external
 affairs.  "These are the systems and processes we have used to provision more
 than three million competitive lines and the same ones the FCC has already
 found satisfy the requirements of the Telecommunications Act's 14-point
 checklist."
     Verizon's wholesale systems and processes enable its rivals to use parts
 of the company's network to provide local service to their customers.
     In December 1999, the FCC certified that Verizon met the requirements of
 the act in New York when it granted the company permission to offer long
 distance there.  New York was the first state in which a former Bell company
 received approval to enter the long-distance market.  The Connecticut
 Department of Public Utility Control determined April l1 that Verizon meets
 the 14-point checklist in that state.  Last week, the FCC granted Verizon
 approval to offer long distance in Massachusetts effective April 26, making it
 the second state in which the company has received approval.
     In Connecticut, the area Verizon serves contains only about 60,000 lines,
 which is approximately half the number of lines that Verizon provisions to
 competitors in an average month in New York.
     "There is no reason that our customers in Connecticut should not be
 enjoying the benefits of competition that their neighbors in New York have had
 since we were allowed to offer long distance there," said Paul Crotty, Verizon
 New York/Connecticut president.
     The Telecommunications Research and Action Center, an independent watchdog
 consumer group, estimates that New Yorkers saved $220 million on
 telecommunications services last year after Verizon offered long-distance
 service in that state.
     The FCC has until July 23 to rule on Verizon's Connecticut application.
 In addition to New York, 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.
 
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    WASHINGTON, April 23 /PRNewswire Interactive News Release/ -- Verizon New
 York today asked the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) for permission to
 offer long-distance service in Connecticut.  Verizon serves only a small part
 of Connecticut, the two communities of Byram and Greenwich, out of its New
 York operations.
     "We are using the same wholesale systems and processes in Greenwich and
 Byram that the FCC reviewed when it approved our application for New York,"
 said Tom Tauke, Verizon senior vice president of public policy & external
 affairs.  "These are the systems and processes we have used to provision more
 than three million competitive lines and the same ones the FCC has already
 found satisfy the requirements of the Telecommunications Act's 14-point
 checklist."
     Verizon's wholesale systems and processes enable its rivals to use parts
 of the company's network to provide local service to their customers.
     In December 1999, the FCC certified that Verizon met the requirements of
 the act in New York when it granted the company permission to offer long
 distance there.  New York was the first state in which a former Bell company
 received approval to enter the long-distance market.  The Connecticut
 Department of Public Utility Control determined April l1 that Verizon meets
 the 14-point checklist in that state.  Last week, the FCC granted Verizon
 approval to offer long distance in Massachusetts effective April 26, making it
 the second state in which the company has received approval.
     In Connecticut, the area Verizon serves contains only about 60,000 lines,
 which is approximately half the number of lines that Verizon provisions to
 competitors in an average month in New York.
     "There is no reason that our customers in Connecticut should not be
 enjoying the benefits of competition that their neighbors in New York have had
 since we were allowed to offer long distance there," said Paul Crotty, Verizon
 New York/Connecticut president.
     The Telecommunications Research and Action Center, an independent watchdog
 consumer group, estimates that New Yorkers saved $220 million on
 telecommunications services last year after Verizon offered long-distance
 service in that state.
     The FCC has until July 23 to rule on Verizon's Connecticut application.
 In addition to New York, 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.
 
                     MAKE YOUR OPINION COUNT -  Click Here
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