DSL - A Great Idea for Holiday Gift-Giving

NEW YORK - For many consumers, it's number one on their wish list. For family members scratching their heads trying to figure out what to buy this holiday season, it's the perfect gift. Verizon Online is betting that high-speed Internet access could turn out to be one of the most popular items under many Christmas trees this year.

That's why the company has extended its three-month introductory offer of $29.95 for Verizon Online DSL (digital subscriber line) service until Dec 30. In addition to high-speed Internet access, the package also includes a do-it-yourself installation kit with a DSL modem (up to a $200 value), a PC camera (a $50 value), 10 MB of storage space and up to four e-mail accounts. The offer requires no annual commitment, start-up or termination fees, and includes a 30-day money-back guarantee.

"With the wave of new interactive entertainment services out this holiday season, a broadband connection is the hottest new holiday gift idea," said Veronica Pellizzi, group president - Internet and data for Verizon. "And, throughout the year, customers can have confidence that Verizon, with its many years of stability and experience in advanced technologies, will continue to provide them with quality service."

Verizon Online also offers home-networking options that allow families to share one broadband connection among multiple computers.

"A Verizon Online DSL connection is a hit with everyone in the family from the grade school youngster who plays games or teenagers who are video and music enthusiasts. Mom and Dad can take advantage of the speed and ease of the connection for telecommuting, online shopping, sending out holiday photos to family and friends, and a host of other applications that make life easier," said Pellizzi.

A Gartner-Dataquest study recently showed that almost 20 percent of consumers with dial-up Internet access expect to subscribe to some form of high-speed connectivity by mid-2002. In addition, about 16 percent of all new high-speed subscribers are first-time Internet users. Verizon has more than one million DSL lines across the United States and more than half of its 62.5 million access lines are qualified to deliver DSL service to homes and businesses.

For more information on Verizon Online DSL, including local availability, gift-givers can visit www.verizononline.com.

Verizon Communications

Verizon Communications (NYSE:VZ) is one of the world's leading providers of communications services. Verizon companies are the largest providers of wireline and wireless communications in the United States, with 128.5 million access line equivalents and 28.7 million wireless customers. Verizon is also the largest directory publisher in the world. A Fortune 10 company with 256,000 employees and approximately $65 billion in annual revenues, Verizon's global presence extends to more than 40 countries in the Americas, Europe, Asia and the Pacific. For more information on Verizon, visit www.verizon.com.