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Bridge Fire in Lawrence, Mass., Impacts Verizon Services

News Release

LAWRENCE, Mass. – August 27, 2012 –

A fire under the Central Bridge on North Canal Street in Lawrence early this morning (Aug. 27) has damaged Verizon cables at the site of the fire.

Some Verizon customers in Andover, Lawrence, Littleton, Metheun, North Andover, North Reading and Tewksbury have lost some Verizon services. Voice and data services for some business and government customers may also be affected.  And customers in other communities may be affected as well. Verizon technicians are on the scene assessing the damage and have already begun restoration efforts. They will work in round-the-clock shifts until all services are restored. Verizon is notifying local and state officials and will keep them informed of restoration efforts.

Verizon will provide a further update by 4 p.m. ET today.  

About Verizon
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 94 million retail customers 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 $111 billion in 2011 revenues, Verizon employs a diverse workforce of more than 188,000.  For more information, visit www.verizon.com

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