Our investment in Pennsylvania's network infrastructure is an investment in the economic future of the state. Customer demand for speed, mobility and control is the driving force in communications. At Verizon, we are constantly transforming to compete and win in this environment. We are differentiating ourselves in the marketplace by building superior networks and delivering innovative technologies - particularly in consumer broadband, business and government, and wireless.
Pennsylvania's consumers, businesses and government agencies continued to benefit from Verizon's 2013 investment of more than $437 million in its industry-leading fiber-optic and Internet Protocol-based networks. These networks are platforms for innovation that help bring the Internet of things to life, and create opportunities to improve education, energy and healthcare. [ Read the press release ]
Verizon's major wireline infrastructure programs in 2013 included:
Continuing the deployment of the company's award-winning, 100 percent fiber-optic FiOS TV and FiOS Internet services. At year's end, FiOS services were available to nearly 1.9 million homes and businesses in southeastern, south-central and southwestern Pennsylvania. Verizon has placed more than 24,000 miles of fiber optics in Pennsylvania – enough to travel round trip between Philadelphia and Pittsburgh more than 40 times.
Our infrastructure investment breaks down traditional technological boundaries, empowering people and businesses here to connect however, whenever and wherever they want. This creates opportunities that are borderless and that bring great benefits to our customers, employees, suppliers and communities.