Consumers Can Get Verizon High Speed Internet at Price Comparable to Many Dial-Up Plans

NEW YORK - Consumers now have another reason to shift gears away from slow dial-up Internet access or shed cable's high-priced service:  a new offer from Verizon for high-speed Internet service for $14.99 a month.

Fast Internet connections are vital for everything from photo and video sharing, multi-player gaming, blogging and video conferencing.  Now, for the price of many dial-up plans, consumers can avoid the frustration of slow connections and high-priced cable service by signing up online for Verizon High Speed Internet.

"Verizon is providing consumers the ability to make the Internet connections that are important to them at the speed and price of their choice," said Frank Nelson, director of Verizon Broadband Solutions Group. "They also have the security of knowing that our high-speed service is backed by the reliability of the Verizon network and the skilled Verizon employees who provide great customer care."

Consumers who go online to order Verizon High Speed Internet for one year will get service with speeds up to 768 Kbps (kilobits per second) for $14.99 a month.  This is a $30 annual savings over Verizon's previous online offer for its introductory 768 Kbps speed.  In addition, Verizon is offering its service with speeds up to 3 Mbps (megabits per second) for an introductory price of $19.99 a month when ordered online.

The 3 Mbps price of $19.99 is for the first six months of an annual plan; the price is $29.99 a month for the remainder of the plan.

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

Verizon high-speed Internet customers can make the most of their broadband connections through access to a variety of great online experiences, including the most extensive collection of online content anywhere from Disney and ESPN Networks. This programming includes live breaking news from ABC News Now, family games and entertainment with Disney Connection, sports action and exclusive game broadcasts from ESPN360, full-screen film trailers and movie news from Movies.com MAX, and original soap opera programming and soap news from SOAPNETIC.

Verizon Online DSL customers also have access to a variety of NFL Network programs, including weekly previews of NFL Network games and off-season programming.

Verizon also has a number of high-speed Internet 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 more than 59 million customers nationwide.  Verizon's Wireline operations include Verizon Business, which operates one of the most expansive wholly owned global IP networks, and Verizon Telecom, which is deploying the nation's most advanced fiber-optic network to deliver the benefits of converged communications, information and entertainment services to customers.  A Dow 30 company, Verizon has a diverse workforce of approximately 242,000 and last year generated consolidated operating revenues of more than $88 billion.  For more information, visit www.verizon.com.