Verizon Making Broadband a Reality in New Jersey in 2008 and Beyond

TRENTON, N.J. - Verizon reaffirmed its commitment Tuesday (March 11) to providing consumers and businesses the best broadband networks available.  The pledge came at the New Jersey Connected Broadband Summit here. The summit examined and showcased the state's broadband assets and highlighted new and industry-moving applications that can benefit the state's varied communities and residents.

"Over the past several years, Verizon and Verizon Wireless have aggressively rolled out new land-based and wireless networks that have changed the way New Jerseyans work and live," said Dennis Bone, president of Verizon New Jersey.  "Whether it's our award-winning FiOS broadband network, our speedy High Speed Internet (DSL), our industry-leading EVDO network from Verizon Wireless, or our extensive long-haul networks from Verizon Business, we're revolutionizing the way consumers and businesses communicate."

As part of Verizon's ever-growing broadband expansion efforts in New Jersey, the company is in the midst of building and expanding its FiOS network in hundreds of communities throughout the state.  As of today, FiOS broadband and video services are available to consumers in about 270 towns, with many more to come.  

FiOS brings consumers and small businesses super-fast Internet speeds, a spectacular video product and crystal-clear voice services.   Last year, the company announced it would spend $1.5 billion to deploy and expand its FiOS network in New Jersey.  In addition, Verizon High Speed Internet service is deployed in each of the company's central offices in the state.

Verizon Wireless is simultaneously building its super-fast EVDO in the state.  The wireless broadband service allows consumers to remain productive and responsive while on the go, right from their laptops, with average download speeds of 600 Kbps (kilobits per second) to 1.4 Mbps (megabits per second) and at average upload speeds of 500 to 800 Kbps. 

Since 2000, Verizon Wireless has spent more than $1 billion dollars on its leading networks in New Jersey and has made EVDO available to about 96 per cent of the state's consumers.

"Reliable networks aren't built overnight," said Chris Baron, president of Verizon Wireless' Philadelphia and tri-state region. "Today's wireless customers demand so much more than voice service, and this network expansion reflects our ongoing commitment to stay ahead of the curve. We will continue to efficiently invest in network enhancements to deliver the most reliable voice, data and multimedia services available."

In addition to FiOS, High Speed Internet and EVDO, 100 percent of schools in the Verizon footprint have access to the company's Access New Jersey network.

"These tremendous network investments have helped make New Jersey a national leader in ways industries and consumers utilize the power of broadband," said Bone.  "We believe this state is well-positioned to use broadband services in its efforts to remain competitive in the global economy, and Verizon is committed to helping New Jersey keep its competitive advantages."

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 nearly 66 million customers nationwide.  Verizon's Wireline operations include Verizon Business, which delivers innovative and seamless business solutions to customers around the world, and Verizon Telecom, which brings customers the benefits of converged communications, information and entertainment services over the nation's most advanced fiber-optic network.  A Dow 30 company, Verizon employs a diverse workforce of nearly 235,000 and last year generated consolidated operating revenues of $93.5 billion.  For more information, visit www.verizon.com/espanol.