Opening of New FiOS Store in Downtown Newark, N.J. Enables Shoppers to Test-Drive Verizon's All-Fiber FiOS TV and Internet Services

Newark residents now can experience first-hand the superior quality and innovative features of Verizon's all-fiber-optic FiOS TV and FiOS Internet services at the company's new store in the city.

Located in the University Plaza at 198-200 West Market St., the store showcases Verizon's FiOS Internet, FiOS TV and FiOS TV digital video recorder (DVR) products.

Inside the store, shoppers can see for themselves what all the excitement is about as they watch FiOS TV on both standard- and high-definition (HD) TVs.  Shoppers also can experience the speed and vast capabilities of FiOS Internet service. 

Verizon representatives are on hand to demonstrate FiOS, answer questions and help shoppers place orders for new services.  Customers also can come by to pick up or return FiOS TV set-top boxes, pay their Verizon bill or consult with representatives.  The store is open Monday through Saturday from 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.

"This new store allows us to get closer to our customers and the residents of the communities we serve," said Tom Maguire, Verizon's senior vice president of East Coast operations.  "Our current customers will appreciate the convenience of a nearby location where they can conduct business, and potential customers will have an easy and fun way to see for themselves how different and exciting FiOS is."

Verizon's FiOS TV and FiOS Internet services currently are available in parts of Newark, as well as 348 other New Jersey cities and towns. 

The company has nearly 850 employees in Newark, the headquarters of Verizon New Jersey, with a payroll exceeding $57 million.  In addition, in 2009, Verizon awarded more than $800,000 in grants to Newark organizations.

"This exciting, new store is a clear indication of our commitment to the city of Newark, said Dennis Bone, president of Verizon New Jersey.  "Several Newark residents are employees at the store, and they and our company have a true desire in seeing the store -- and Verizon's FiOS Internet and TV products -- succeed."

FiOS TV offers consumers a broad range of programming choices and superior picture quality from the only TV service delivered over the nation's most advanced all-fiber network directly connecting to millions of individual homes and businesses.

Verizon's FiOS TV service was selected as the top-ranked residential television service provider in the Northeast region for 2009 by J.D. Power and Associates, capturing the top spot for the second year in a row.  And Verizon FiOS debuted at No. 1, over all other TV providers, in a recent American Customer Satisfaction Index (ACSI) survey. 

Verizon's current lead offer of FiOS service is a triple-play bundle of 335 all digital channels, more than 70 HD  and 23 Sports Pak channels with FiOS TV Extreme HD, up to 15 Mbps (megabits per second) downstream and up to 5 Mbps upstream FiOS Internet* and FiOS Digital voice service, all for  just $ 89.99 a month.  With a guaranteed rate for 24 months, subscribers will save $480.   

Customers who sign up online can save $5 more a month for a total of $120 in additional savings.

Consumers who want to obtain more information about the new bundles or to place an order can call 1-877-VZISBIG (1-877-894-7244), visit www.verizon.com/fiostv or stop by the new Newark FiOS store.

* NOTE: Actual (throughput) speeds will vary.

Verizon Communications Inc. (NYSE, NASDAQ:VZ), headquartered in New York, is a global leader in delivering broadband and other wireless and wireline communications services to mass market, business, government and wholesale customers.  Verizon Wireless operates America's most reliable wireless network, serving nearly 93 million customers nationwide.  Verizon also provides converged communications, information and entertainment services over America's most advanced fiber-optic network, and delivers innovative, seamless business solutions to customers around the world.  A Dow 30 company, Verizon employs a diverse workforce of more than 217,000 and last year generated consolidated revenues of more than $107 billion.  For more information, visit www.verizon.com.