At the end of last month, the telecommunication company was granted approval by the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission to cease mass delivery of phone books.
However, the approval requires Verizon to ship free phone books or thumb drives with residential and business directory information to residents upon request. The regulatory relief on phone books was also granted to CenturyLink, which serves a number of counties in rural central and western Pennsylvania.
However DexYP, which prints and distributes the phone books for the two companies, said that this is not the end for the printed directories. A number of Pennsylvania residents will still receive the ad-supported yellow pages and white pages.
“It’s not complete deregulation,” said Mike Konidaris, DexYP’s director of print services, distribution, telephone company relations, and listing acquisitions. But “it allows us to manage the decline of the product.”
Free printed directories or computer thumb drives containing directories can now be requested using 800-888-8448. The directories are also available at www.dexpages.com.
Read more about the decision to discontinue printed phone books at Philly.com by clicking here.