Consumers and Businesses in 90 More Maine Communities Benefit From Verizon Broadband Expansion Project

PORTLAND, Maine - More than 30,000 additional Verizon access lines across Maine now have access to Verizon High Speed Internet service following the completion of a $12 million DSL technology deployment plan.

The overall project included equipping 20 more Verizon central switching centers and 70 more remote terminal locations with high-speed broadband technology, allowing consumers and businesses to quickly download movies, share photos or video with friends and family, and create their own Internet content.

"If you're interested in an excellent value in broadband service, now's the time to check out Verizon High Speed Internet," said Ed Dinan, president of Verizon Maine.  "With connection speeds up to 53 times faster than 56K dial-up, and delivered to the home over a dedicated line from our central office, Verizon High Speed Internet service makes a real difference in people's online lives.  Our service is backed by the quality of the Verizon network and our skilled, knowledgeable employees who stand ready to serve our customers."

With the completion of this project, Verizon High Speed Internet service is now available to approximately 70 percent of the company's access lines in Maine.  The following communities received expanded broadband availability as part of this latest deployment phase in DSL technology:  Acton, Arundel, Auburn, Bangor, Bar Harbor, Belgrade, Biddeford, Boothbay Harbor, Bowdoinham, Brewer, Brooklin, Brooksville, Brownville, Brunswick, Clifton, Codyville Plantation, Columbia, Cranberry Island, Danforth, Dark Harbor, Dedham, Detroit, Durham, Eddington, Fairfield, Falmouth, Farmington, Franklin, Freeport, Frenchville, Georgetown, Glenburn, Greene, Gouldsboro, Hiram, Houlton, Jefferson, Kennebunk, Lebanon, Lewiston, Limerick, Lubec, Mexico, Monhegan Island, Monroe, Monson, Mount Desert, North Haven, North Sanford, North Whitefield, North Yarmouth, Norway, Ogunquit, Orono, Paris, Pembroke, Phippsburg, Porter, Portland, Pownal, Saco, Saint Agatha, Scarborough, Sedgwick, Shapleigh., Sommesville, South Portland, Southport Island, Sullivan, The Forks, Topsfield, Topsham, Tremont, Vanceboro, Wayne, Wells, Westbrook, Westport, Whitefield, Windsor, Woolwich and Yarmouth.

Qualified customers who sign up online for Verizon High Speed Internet service with a connection speed of up to 768 Kbps (kilobits per second) and a one-year commitment will pay $12.99 a month for the first six months, with the first month free, and $17.99 a month for the remaining six months of the one-year plan.  Verizon's 3 Mbps (megabits per second) service also is available for $27.99 a month, with the first month free, to qualified customers who sign up online for a one-year commitment.

No matter what speed or plan customers choose, Verizon High Speed Internet includes 24 x 7 live customer support, a 30-day money-back guarantee, nine e-mail accounts and 10 MB (megabytes) of personal Web space.  For additional information about Verizon High-Speed Internet prices and bundled plans, residential consumers can call 1-800-742-5375 or visit www.verizon.net/highspeed to see if the service is available to their homes and to place orders.

Verizon also has a number of high-speed Internet service plans that offer excellent value for business customers, with maximum connection speeds ranging from up to 768 Kbps/128 Kbps to up to 7.1 Mbps/768 Kbps.   For more information on business offerings, visit www.verizon.com.

Verizon Communications Inc. (NYSE:VZ), headquartered in New York, is a leader in delivering broadband and other wireline and wireless communication innovations to mass market, business, government and wholesale customers.  Verizon Wireless operates America's most reliable wireless network, serving nearly 66 million customers nationwide.  Verizon's Wireline operations include Verizon Business, which delivers innovative and seamless business solutions to customers around the world, and Verizon Telecom, which brings customers the benefits of converged communications, information and entertainment services over the nation's most advanced fiber-optic network.  A Dow 30 company, Verizon employs a diverse workforce of nearly 235,000 and last year generated consolidated operating revenues of $93.5 billion.  For more information, visit www.verizon.com.