Press release

Granite Sponsors DRIVE SMART Virginia Events

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Granite Telecommunications, LLC, a $1.4 billion provider of
communications services to multilocation businesses and government
agencies, has sponsored a series of DRIVE SMART Virginia (DSV) events at
high schools in Fairfax County, Va. The series kicked off June 5 at
Woodson High School with students participating in safe-driving
activities. Additional events are scheduled to take place at Chantilly
High School and James Madison High School shortly after the school year
begins next fall.

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Students at Woodson High School in Fairfax County, Va., participated in safe-driving activities June ...

Students at Woodson High School in Fairfax County, Va., participated in safe-driving activities June 5 through the DRIVE SMART Virginia program sponsored by Granite. (Photo: Business Wire)

DSV is a non-profit organization charged with raising awareness and
changing behavior to improve the safety of the roadways of the
Commonwealth and has endeavored to improve the lives of all Virginians
through its public information and education initiatives. Founded in
1995, the organization is led by a diverse board representing safety
advocates, the insurance industry and law enforcement.

DSV’s driving education events feature a high-tech, in-vehicle driving
simulator, so teens can experience the dangers of distracted driving.
Additional activities include programming from local law enforcement
agencies and an impaired tricycle course for students to navigate while
wearing “drunk goggles” with lenses that are distorted in different ways
to bend light and throw off depth perception, causing the eyes to act

“In today’s always-on environment, distractions while driving are on the
rise and especially among younger Gen Zs in the summer months,” said Tim
Heaps, general manager of Granite Government Solutions, who lives and
works in Fairfax County. “DSV’s high school events give young drivers a
chance to experience first-hand how dangerous it is to drive under the
influence of alcohol or while dealing with distractions, such as cell
phones, but in a controlled and safe setting. We’re excited about
sponsoring these important lessons and hope they will last a lifetime
for participating students.”

Helping others is part of Granite’s mission. Since its inception,
Granite has cultivated a culture of giving in many ways, including by
personally and generously supporting charitable causes. Granite Gives
Back philanthropic initiatives have raised more than $210 million
dollars for hundreds of charities.

Company employees also get involved on the ground. At the Woodson High
School event, several volunteers from Granite’s Tysons Corner office
helped students with the driving simulator and impaired tricycle course,
and will participate in the next two events as well.

“Summertime is dangerous for teen drivers on our roadways,” said Janet
Brooking, executive director of DRIVE SMART Virginia. “Now is the time
to raise awareness and we commend Granite Gives Back for hosting this
important event. Our interactive programming has been proven to change
teen driver attitudes and perspectives, which in turn can make our
roadways and communities safer.”

About Granite
Granite delivers one-stop communications
solutions to multilocation businesses and government agencies throughout
the United States and Canada. The $1.4 billion company serves more than
two-thirds of the Fortune 100 companies in the United States, and has
1.75 million voice and data lines under management. Granite launched in
2002 and grew quickly by helping businesses to simplify sourcing and
management of local and long-distance phone services with one point of
contact and one invoice for all their office locations nationwide.
Today, Granite is the leader in aggregating Plain Old Telephone Services
(POTS), and has extended its unique value proposition – “one company,
one contact, one bill” – to include a range of advance business
communications services, including Internet access, SD-WAN, wireless
WAN, hosted PBX, SIP trunking, mobile voice and data, mobile device
management, managed security, network integration and much more. Granite
employs more than 2,100 people at its headquarters in Quincy, Mass., and
nine regional offices nationwide, including Tysons, Va. For more
information, visit