Residents of Tuscany Apartments in Sarasota, Fla., Will Enjoy Big Savings on Verizon's FiOS TV and Get Added Amenities With Verizon's Virtual Concierge

Residents of the 386-unit Tuscany Apartments complex in Sarasota will soon receive FiOS TV service over Verizon's all-fiber-optic network, following the completion of a bulk services agreement with Verizon.

Under the agreement, Tuscany residents will get FiOS TV service at a significant discount off retail prices.  Residents can easily add FiOS Internet service to the TV offer at a bundled discounted rate.

Verizon, promoting a digital lifestyle, will also implement a virtual property management service called Verizon Concierge for the complex's residents and staff. The offering, to be provided free of charge, organizes all of the complex's available concierge amenities under one master platform and interface that automates many repetitive tasks, such as delivery and visitor management, allowing Tuscany's staff to focus on providing a more personalized service to residents.

A customized platform will soon be developed, specifically based on Tuscany's amenities and the surrounding services. Verizon Concierge can be accessed via the property's customized Web page or via a smartphone, after downloading an application - and soon on FiOS TV.  The service will allow residents and staff to communicate with each other to set up carpools or clubs; have quick and easy access to schedule property amenities; set up services from local businesses such as dry cleaners and taxis; and make reservations at a local restaurant or place a takeout order.

Verizon Concierge can even store the user's favorite takeout orders and payment information so reordering is as easy as one click via any Web browser or on a smartphone application.  Verizon began offering the service in March to residential and commercial properties that have FiOS services, or soon will have them.

"Today, the ability to view crystal-clear TV pictures, surf on super-fast Internet connections or plan and manage your daily life can all be controlled in the palm of your hand or at least on your laptop," said Eric Cevis, vice president of Verizon Enhanced Communities, which markets and sells communications and entertainment services to single- and multiple-home communities, and small and medium commercial sites. 

"The residents and staff at Tuscany will quickly discover that the advanced home-entertainment services delivered over the FiOS network cannot be matched by plain old cable.  Add in the all-encompassing services provided with Verizon Concierge and now, Tuscany Apartments becomes the digital place to live and work in Sarasota," Cevis said.

Verizon's all-fiber FiOS services of voice, broadband and television have been rated No. 1 in overall customer satisfaction three years in a row by PC Magazine.  In every major study that has compared FiOS TV and Internet with the offerings of the major cable companies, FiOS has ranked higher overall.

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For residents and tenants, Verizon Concierge provides services like those in a five-star hotel, streamlining many tasks and making their execution digital, which increases efficiency and saves time. 

For property owners and managers, Verizon Concierge can easily track work orders, and the system prompts for updates until the work is completed.  It can also be an invaluable service during an emergency, enabling a property manager to instantly send a voice call to the building's occupants - on up to five phone numbers per occupant, simultaneously, an option not matched with other property management systems.

Residential and commercial property owners and developers interested in bringing Verizon's FiOS services to their properties can call 1-866-638-6066, e-mail FiOSNow-VEC@verizon.com or visit www.verizon.com/communities for more information.

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.