Verizon Online Expands Broadband Availability in Luzerne County, Pa.

WILKES BARRE, Pa. -- More consumers and businesses here can enjoy the benefits of high-speed Internet access now that Verizon Online has expanded its availability in Luzerne County. Verizon Online DSL is now available to 692 additional subscribers in the Wilkes Barre area.

"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 James O'Rourke, president and CEO 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 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 3.0 megabits per second (Mbps) downstream and 768 Kbps upstream for $19.95 per month for the first three months and $29.95 per month thereafter. In addition, Verizon has a number of DSL plans for business customers.

Verizon Online DSL customers also have a choice of Web portals featuring a wide array of content, such as online security, entertainment and multiple mail accounts at no additional charge. To order Verizon Online DSL, or to check whether it's available at a specific home or business, customers should check online at
www.verizon.net or call Verizon at 1-800-PICK-DSL.

Verizon Communications Inc. (NYSE: VZ), a Dow 30 company, is a leader in delivering broadband and other communication innovations to wireline and wireless customers. Verizon operates America's most reliable wireless network, serving 49.3 million customers nationwide, and one of the nation's premier wireline networks, serving home, business and wholesale customers in 28 states. Based in New York, Verizon has a diverse workforce of nearly 215,000 and generates annual revenues of more than $71 billion from four business segments: Domestic Telecom, Domestic Wireless, Information Services and International. For more information, visit www.verizon.com.