Verizon to Expand Fast, Affordable High Speed Internet Service in Morgan County, W. Va.

More consumers and businesses in Morgan County will have access to Verizon High Speed Internet in the coming months, as the company installs digital subscriber line (DSL) technology in 10 facilities in the county.

Verizon, which currently offers High Speed Internet (HSI) service in Berkeley Springs and surrounding areas, expects to expand HSI availability by the end of the year to more than 1,800 additional lines in parts of the following areas: Route 522, near the Morgan County Business Park; Route 9 East in the River Road and Clone Run Road areas; the Johnsons Mill Road area that includes parts of Highland Ridge, Duckwall, Spriggs and Rupenthal roads; Great Cacapon, including the Maidstone and Cacapon River Meadows communities; Spruce Pine Hollow area, including Chestnut Grove and Spruce Pine Hollow communities, plus parts of Burnt Mill, Potter, Michael's Chapel and Victory Lane roads; the River Road area, including Sleepy Creek  Farms community and parts of Rover, Householder, Crone Lane and Poole roads; parts of Pious Ridge, Culp and River roads; Mountain Run Road area, including New Hope Acres and Deer Run Woods communities, and parts of Mountain Run, Shades Lane, Swaim Lane and Duckwall roads; Winchester Grade Road in the area of Sleepy Creek Forest community and parts of Virginia Line, Highland Ridge, Posey Hollow and Barnes Lane roads; and Spohrs Cross Road area, including areas along Route 9 and parts of Spohrs and Potomac roads.

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 or remote facilities.

"Verizon is enabling more residents and businesses across West Virginia to make the high-speed connections that are important to them," said B. Keith Fulton, president of Verizon West Virginia.  "Our added investment in Morgan County will offer many more customers access to affordable High Speed Internet service, backed by the reliability and security of Verizon's network."

Bill Clark, director of the Morgan County Economic Development Authority (EDA) and Morgan County administrator, said, "Verizon is a vital component in bringing high-speed Internet service to rural West Virginia.  We appreciate the company's willingness to invest in upgrades and improvements to bring this vital infrastructure to more unserved areas of our county."

Jerry Berman, founder and chair of the board of the Center for Democracy and Technology and head of the Morgan County EDA's Telecommunications Task Force Advisory Committee, said, "Verizon informed us early in the year of its plans to expand High Speed Internet service in Morgan County in 2009.  When our extensive resident survey showed even greater demand, Verizon added more sites.  We are pleased that the survey made a difference and applaud Verizon for moving forward in this way."

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 768 Kbps upstream.  The up-to-3 Mbps service delivers download speeds 50 times faster than dial-up.  The company also offers an up-to-7.1 Mbps service in parts of its service area.

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. 

Residential consumers can call 1-800-483-4000 or visit http://www22.verizon.com/residential/highspeedinternet/ to check their eligibility or to find information about the latest promotional offers.

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 888-649-9500 or visiting http://smallbusiness.verizon.com.

Verizon Communications Inc. (NYSE: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 more than 86 million customers nationwide.  Verizon's Wireline operations provide converged communications, information and entertainment services over the nation's most advanced fiber-optic network.  Wireline also includes Verizon Business, which delivers innovative and seamless business solutions to customers around the world.  A Dow 30 company, Verizon employs a diverse workforce of more than 237,000 and last year generated consolidated operating revenues of more than $97 billion.  For more information, visit www.verizon.com.