Verizon Invests $10 Million to Deliver Broadband to Additional Massachusetts Customers

BOSTON - Verizon customers in more than 30 towns across Massachusetts now have improved communications as the result of a $10 million investment the company has made in its local telecommunications network.

In order to extend the reach of the company's super-fast digital subscriber line (DSL) Internet access service to Massachusetts consumers and businesses, Verizon installed digital equipment in telecommunications terminals located in neighborhoods where DSL service was previously not available. This resulted in an increase of 180,000 DSL-qualified telephone lines in areas of Greater Boston, Cape Cod and Western Massachusetts, as well as in towns north, south and west of Boston. The company completed the project last month.

During the past three years, Verizon has invested more than $2 billion in its network that serves Massachusetts.

"This project demonstrates Verizon's commitment to build and maintain an advanced telecommunications network throughout the Bay State," said Donna Cupelo, region president for Verizon Massachusetts/Rhode Island. "We continue to invest in our state-of-the-art infrastructure to maintain service excellence, as well to provide a platform for high-speed access to the Internet, work-at-home capabilities and a host of other advanced services.

"Whether we're making significant network upgrades or offering new services and packages of local, long-distance and broadband services, Verizon is committed to meeting the communications needs of consumers and businesses," said Cupelo.

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