Consumers in Claypool Hill and Oakwood, Va., Now Have Access to Fast, Affordable Verizon High Speed Internet Service

CLAYPOOL HILL, Va. - Consumers and businesses in two southwest Virginia communities now have access to Verizon High Speed Internet, allowing them to quickly download movies, share photos or video with friends and family, and create their own Internet content.

Verizon this year installed high-speed Internet equipment, based on digital subscriber line (DSL) technology, at the company's central switching offices in Claypool Hill and Oakwood. 

"Verizon is enabling more residents across Virginia to make the high-speed connections that are important to them," said Jim Griffith, area external affairs manager for Verizon Virginia.  "Verizon's investment in these communities means that many more customers have access to affordable high-speed Internet service, backed by the reliability and security of Verizon's network."

Verizon High Speed Internet subscribers have access to an extensive collection of features and services, including online protection with Verizon Internet Security Suite; Verizon Enhanced Email; Verizon Premium Tech Support; Online gaming; free news from ABC News Now; free sports from ESPN360; and more. 

Verizon High Speed Internet service is delivered on a dedicated line from Verizon's central switching office to the customer's home or business and is backed by live, 24 x 7 customer service and technical support.  The service typically is available to residents and businesses that are located within approximately three miles of the company's central switching offices.

"We have some great promotional offers in place right now for new customers, so this is the perfect time to sign up for Verizon High Speed Internet service," said Griffith.

Verizon's entry-level High Speed Internet service offers speeds of up to 1 Mbps (megabits per second) downstream and 384 Kbps (kilobits per second) upstream.  Consumers who want faster speed can order Verizon's offering of up to 3 Mbps downstream and 384 Kbps upstream.  The up-to-3 Mbps service delivers download speeds 50 times faster than dial-up. 

Residential consumers can call 800-483-4000 or visit www.verizon.net/highspeed to check their eligibility, or to place orders.

Verizon High Speed Internet for Business packages offer a choice of speeds, static IP addresses, remote dial-up access, networking and domain name e-mails.  Area businesses can get more information about service availability and pricing by calling 888-376-3365 or visiting www.verizon.com/businessdsl.

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 80 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 224,000 and last year generated consolidated operating revenues of more than $97 billion.  For more information, visit www.verizon.com.