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Completion Of Fiber-Optic Transformation Of Lower Manhattan Communications Network In Sight

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 .)

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.

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