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Press Release -- September 28th, 2013
Source: Verizon

Verizon Offers Help to Businesses Affected by Metro-North Railroad Shutdown

Three Solutions Bundle Available to Connect Employees, Enhance Collaboration

by Janet Brumfield

Keeping a business up and running is no small feat, but sometimes it can be downright challenging.  The New York Times is now reporting that the shutdown of Metro-North Railroad’s New Haven Line early Wednesday, September 25, may imperil commuter train service for several days, and possibly extend up to three weeks.

To help businesses affected by Metro-North issue, Verizon Enterprise Solutions has put together three solution sets that can be tailored to meet their specific needs, enabling workers to stay connected to their offices and their customers. These include:

  • Verizon Mobility Solution:  This solution provides secure, encrypted, remote access to a company’s network for remote employees.  As a cloud-based management solution, it enables businesses to manage employee access needs easily and securely.
  • Virtual Communications Express: This solution provides advanced collaboration tools with plug and play simplicity for customers. Users can stay connected to the office via a smartphone mobile app that gives employees all the features of their office phones while away from the office.
  • Open Video Communications:  For mid-sized and larger firms, Open Video Communications allows for a real-time “face to face” experience regardless of location.

In addition, Verizon is offering special promotional offers for smartphones and mobile hotspots/Verizon jetpacks.

During challenging times, companies need to stay connected to their workers, even when they can’t physically make it into the office.  A broad range of business solutions are available from Verizon to enable companies to operate seamlessly, and maintain business continuity.

Prepare now.  According to the Times, the shutdown may affect the commute for tens of thousands of travelers into New York City and that more than 40,000 commuters take the New Haven line during a typical morning rush.  The shutdown is being attributed to a failed feeder cable that powers the rail service.

“We are always at the ready to help businesses especially those in need,” said Mike Ruhnke, vice president of Northeast for Verizon Enterprise Solutions. “Verizon runs to a crisis, and in this spirit we are offering to help local businesses get back on their feet as quickly as possible.”

To get more information or order these services, businesses can call  1.800.201.1452 , or visit us on the Web at

And, for additional tips on how to prepare for the unexpected in business, please read this News Center story on preparedness.

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