Verizon Online Expands Broadband Availability in Lehigh County

EMMAUS, Pa. -- More consumers and businesses here can enjoy the benefits of high-speed Internet access now that Verizon Online has expanded its availability in Lehigh County. Verizon Online DSL is now available to approximately 11,000 additional subscribers in the Emmaus, Macungie, New Smithville and New Tripoli areas.

"If you’ve wanted DSL service for your home or business from us in the past, but it wasn’t available in your neighborhood, now’s a great time to check with us on current availability," said William B. Petersen, president of Verizon Pennsylvania. "We’re making DSL available to more communities, and our rates are more attractive than ever."

Verizon Online service features a variety of prices and speeds, including a consumer DSL service that’s priced lower than many dial-up plans. For $14.95 per month, subscribers who sign up online for a year can access the Web at connection speeds up to 768 kilobits per second (Kbps) downstream and 128 Kbps upstream.

Verizon Online DSL customers can also get blazing-fast Internet connections at a maximum speed of up to 3.0 Mbps (megabits per second) downstream and 768 Kbps upstream for $29.99 a month when ordered with an annual service plan.

Both plans include 24/7 technical support, a 30-day money-back guarantee, a choice of free Verizon Yahoo! or MSN Premium services, nine e-mail accounts, and 10 MB of personal Web space. Customers ordering online receive a do-it-yourself installation kit with modem at no additional charge, and customers ordering a connection speed of up to 3.0 Mbps online have the option of receiving a combination modem and wireless router at no additional charge.

Verizon also has a number of DSL plans that offer excellent value for business customers, with maximum connection speeds ranging from up to 768 Kbps/128 Kbps to up to 7.1 Mbps/768 Kbps. For more information on business DSL offerings, visit www22.verizon.com/content/BusinessDSL/.

To order Verizon Online DSL, or to see whether it’s available at a specific home or business, customers can check online at www.verizon.net or call Verizon at 1-800-PICK-DSL.

According to a number of recent independent research studies, DSL is America’s most popular Internet connection, with more than half of all new high-speed Internet customers choosing DSL over cable modem service in 2005.

Verizon Communications Inc. (NYSE:VZ), a Dow 30 company, 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 55 million customers nationwide. Verizon Business operates one of the most expansive wholly-owned global IP networks. Verizon Telecom is deploying the nation’s most advanced fiber-optic network to deliver the benefits of converged communications, information and entertainment services to customers. Based in New York, Verizon has a diverse workforce of more than 252,000 and generates annual consolidated operating revenues of approximately $90 billion. For more information, visit www.verizon.com.