On August 10, Verizon joins the Common Ground Alliance (CGA) to highlight 811 Day, which is August 11 (8/11). This year marks the 5th anniversary of 811 -- the free, nationwide call-before-you-dig number -- established by the Federal Communications Commission to provide an easy and free method for protecting underground utility lines.
Diane McCarthy, SVP of Verizon Network and Technology, and CGA Vice Chair, and Vic Weston, President/Owner, Tri-State Road Boring and CGA Board Chair, will ring The Closing BellSM.
Watch the video of the ringing.
A recent report released by the CGA has determined an underground utility line is damaged during digging projects every three minutes nationwide. Every digging project, no matter how large or small, warrants a call to 811 because striking a single line can cause injury, repair costs, fines and inconvenient outages.
About Verizon Communications Inc. (NYSE: VZ)
Verizon, 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.
About Common Ground Alliance
CGA is a member-driven association of nearly 1,400 individuals, organizations and sponsors in every facet of the underground utility industry. Established in 2000, CGA is committed to saving lives and preventing damage to North American underground infrastructure by promoting effective damage prevention practices. CGA has established itself as the leading organization in an effort to reduce damages to underground facilities in North America through shared responsibility among all stakeholders. For more information, visit CGA on the web at www.commongroundalliance.com.