Verizon Invests $6.5 Million to Better Serve Pennsylvania's Monroe County Customers

STROUDSBURG, Pa. - More Verizon customers in Monroe County will soon be able to enjoy the benefits of high-speed Internet access because of a $6.5 million investment the company has made in its local telecommunications network here.

As a result of Verizon's most recent expansion and upgrade of its local telecommunications network, Verizon Online DSL is now available on more than 10,000 additional lines in the Stroudsburg and Tannersville area. This project is part of Verizon Pennsylvania's Chapter 30 network modernization plan to aggressively roll out DSL and other high-speed, broadband services across the commonwealth.

"The Monroe County investment underlines Verizon's commitment to build and maintain a state-of-the-art telecommunications network throughout Pennsylvania," said James V. O'Rourke, president and CEO of Verizon Pennsylvania. "We're continuing to upgrade our infrastructure to provide rural, suburban and urban customers with better quality service, as well as the platform for high-speed access to the Internet, work-at-home capabilities and a host of other innovative services."

Verizon has invested nearly $8.5 billion in its telecommunications network across the commonwealth over the last decade.

"We are building an advanced telecommunications network that will stimulate job and income growth and will make Pennsylvania one of the most attractive locations for corporations and individuals," O'Rourke said.

In addition to deploying the latest technology, Verizon Pennsylvania offers a complete range of telecommunications services, including local, regional and long-distance calling, as well as high-speed data and Internet and wireless services, and video services through the company's marketing agreement with DirecTV. The Verizon Freedom bundle of services offers the convenience of one bill and very attractive discounts for customers who subscribe to several of these services.

"The level of telecom competition in Pennsylvania today is unprecedented," said O'Rourke. "Competition and Verizon's entry into the long-distance market have benefited consumers, who now can choose from many providers for all their communications needs."

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