Verizon Brings Super-Fast Computer Connections to Customers in 7 More Communities in Massachusetts

FRAMINGHAM, Mass. - More Verizon customers can experience breathtaking high-speed Internet access as the company expands the availability of its Verizon FiOS (FYE'-ose) suite of Internet services in Framingham, Maynard, Medfield, Rowley, Stoughton, Wareham and Wayland.

Most residents and small businesses in these seven communities now can order the industry's premier mass-market broadband services.  The company is offering several tiers of service with downstream (download) speeds of up to 5, 20 and 50 Mbps (megabits per second) and upstream (upload) speeds of up to 2, 5 and 10 Mbps.*

Residential customers who want to determine whether they can order FiOS Internet Service can call 888-GET FIOS (888-438-3467) or visit Verizon's FiOS Web site at www.verizonfios.com.  Small businesses can call 1-877-FiOS-Biz or visit www.verizon.com/businessfios to determine if they qualify for FiOS Internet Service for Business. 

Verizon offers FiOS services over its fiber-to-the-premises (FTTP) network, which the company currently is building in more than half of the states where it offers landline communications services. Only Verizon's FTTP network has earned the certification of the independent Fiber to the Home Council for providing fiber all the way to customers' homes and businesses.

FTTP technology utilizes fiber-optic connections - instead of copper wire - directly into homes and businesses to enable a broad array of voice, data and video applications.

"FiOS is setting the new standard for consumer and small-business broadband services in Massachusetts," said Donna Cupelo, Verizon region president for Massachusetts and Rhode Island. "Customers who already subscribe to FiOS services are astounded at what they now can do with their online experience.  Video chats and conferencing, purchased digital movie downloads and interactive multi-player games have become a part of their daily lives."

For Consumers, Blazing Speeds at Affordable Prices

Each FiOS service for consumers is available either as part of a bundle of local and long-distance calling services from Verizon, or as a stand-alone Internet access service.  Consumers can receive a discount with a one-year commitment to FiOS, along with free installation for their primary computer. 

There are three tiers of Verizon FiOS Internet Service for consumers:

  • 5 Mbps downstream and 2 Mbps upstream
    Suited for Internet surfing and basic computer functions. $39.99 a month. One-year agreement includes free professional installation and configuration of primary PC or laptop.

  • 20 Mbps downstream and 5 Mbps upstream (increased from 15/2)
    Appealing for families that have multiple computers and various needs such as multi-media and accessing and sending large files. $49.99 a month. One-year agreement includes free professional installation and configuration of primary PC or laptop.

  • 50 Mbps downstream and 5Mbps upstream (increased from 30/5)
    Designed for communications-intensive power users with significant bandwidth needs and multiple users, such as telecommuters or work-at-home households and avid online gamers. $139.95 with a one-year agreement or $159.95 month to month. One-year agreement includes free professional installation and configuration of primary PC or laptop.

Each consumer data offer includes the suite of services currently available to Verizon Online DSL customers at no additional charge, including: MSN Premium or Verizon Yahoo! content and features; Verizon's new Broadband Beat entertainment portal optimized for high-speed access featuring news, games, streaming video and more; up to nine e-mail accounts with 30 megabytes (MB) of storage for the primary account and an additional 10 MB for each sub-account; address book and calendar; 10 MB personal Web space and a Web site building tool; and access to newsgroups.

Small Businesses Can Get Big-Biz Speeds

Small-business owners can choose from three flavors of service and either a dynamic Internet protocol (IP) address or a static IP address.  Dynamic IP addresses are best suited for small businesses that do not host a Web site but still use the Internet for research or e-mail.  Static IP addresses, where a specific Internet routing code is assigned for exclusive use, are ideal for small businesses that:

  • Are highly automated.

  • Need to host Web or e-mail servers, or both.

  • Use e-mail extensively to send large files with attachments.

  • Have e-commerce capabilities.

  • Have employees who telecommute.

The three tiers of Verizon FiOS Internet Service for Business are:

  • 20 Mbps downstream and 5 Mbps upstream (increased from 15/2), for $59.95 a month with a dynamic IP address and $99.95 a month with up to five static IP addresses.

  • 35 Mbps downstream and 10 Mbps upstream (increased from 5/5), for $169.95 a month with a dynamic IP address and $209.95 with up to five static IP addresses.

  • 50 Mbps downstream and 10 Mbps upstream (increased from 30/5), for $349.95 a month with a dynamic IP address and $389.95 a month with up to five static IP addresses.

Business customers can receive discounts by buying the service as part of a Verizon package that includes local and long-distance service.  The Freedom for Business package offers a 20 percent discount off the monthly charge, making the 15/2 Mbps service only $47.95 with a dynamic IP address.  Veriations for Business offers a 10 percent discount off the monthly charge for a dynamic or static IP address.  A one-year agreement is required for any service tier, with or without a package.

All business service tiers include free professional installation and 24x7 business-grade technical support.  Companies also receive an Internet Security Suite with Anti-Virus, Firewall and Spyware protection for their primary PC as well as 20 MB (megabytes) of Web space and unlimited remote dial-up access that keeps employees connected when they're on the road.

* NOTE: Actual (throughput) speeds will vary.

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.