MORGANTOWN, W.Va. - More consumers and businesses in the Morgantown area can enjoy the benefits of high-speed Internet access now that Verizon Online has begun the first of several expansions of its digital subscriber line (DSL) service to additional parts of this Monongalia County community.
Verizon Online is now offering its DSL service to qualifying Verizon customers in Brookhaven from Route 7 near the Interstate 68 interchange to the Mountaineer Bible Church and in the Van Voorhis Road area, including parts of Bakers Ridge Road, Independence Village and Bakers Drive. The new DSL offering is the result of the company's most recent upgrade to its local telecommunications network at several of its field facilities in the Morgantown area.
"Expanding the availability of high-speed Internet service is another step in our transformation from a telephone company to a broadband communications provider," said H. Stan Cavendish, president of Verizon West Virginia. "And with a choice of speeds and prices, qualifying customers can choose which DSL tier best meets their needs. Broadband services like DSL enhance the quality of life and make the Morgantown area more attractive for businesses and individuals to locate."
Qualifying Verizon Online DSL customers can receive DSL service with a maximum connection speed of 1.5 Mbps (megabits per second) downstream and 384 Kbps (kilobits per second) upstream for just $29.95 a month when subscribing to an annual service plan or when purchasing the service as part of a package of Verizon local and long-distance calling services. Other customers will pay $34.95 a month for this service.
The company also offers a higher maximum connection speed of up to 3 Mbps downstream and 768 Kbps upstream for $39.95 a month with an annual service plan or as part of a package of Verizon calling services. Other customers who qualify for this plan will pay $44.95 a month.
Verizon Online DSL with MSN Premium service includes:
- Round-the-clock technical support
- MSN Premium software ($99 annual value) with parental controls, virus protection, pop-up guard and a variety of popular MSN services
- 9 e-mail accounts
- 10 MB (megabytes) of Web space
- 30-day money-back guarantee
In addition, qualifying Verizon Online DSL customers who subscribe to an annual service plan will receive a free combination modem and router "home gateway," enabling them to share their DSL connection among multiple computers in their homes. The gateway costs $49.95 for qualifying customers purchasing DSL as part of a Verizon calling package. The gateway is $99.95 for customers who do not purchase DSL with a calling package or select an annual service plan.
Customers can be billed for DSL on their monthly Verizon telephone bill or a credit card. Local Verizon telephone customers who want to order DSL service or get more information can call Verizon at 1-800-PICK-DSL.
Businesses can choose from a variety of DSL speeds and services tailored specifically for small and medium-sized businesses. Verizon Online offers business customers that want 3 Mbps service a choice of dynamic or static IP (Internet protocol) routing for $89.95 per month and $129.95 a month, respectively. Unlike dynamic DSL, a static IP address gives businesses a permanent IP address for hosting a Web site and an e-mail server, as well as providing virtual private network (VPN) applications for employees who work remotely.
In June, Verizon reduced the cost of its 1.5Mbps/384Kbps dynamic IP (Internet protocol) DSL for businesses to $59.95 from $89.95 and its static IP DSL to $79.95 from $119.95. Verizon Online DSL for businesses includes:
- 20 MB (megabytes) of Web space that can be used to create an online storefront
- Unlimited dial-up access
- Business-grade e-mail for employees (firstname.lastname@example.org)
- Business-grade technical support available round-the-clock
- 30-day money-back guarantee
- On-time guarantee
Business customers can receive a 20 percent discount on their DSL service if they combine high-speed Internet access with other Verizon services. Additional plans and pricing information are available at http://biz.verizon.net/pands/dsl/. Customers who sign up online receive one month of free service.
Verizon Online is a full-service Internet service provider, offering a complete selection of dial-up, DSL and dedicated Internet access services for residential consumers and businesses. Verizon Online DSL service is available in 26 states and the District of Columbia.
A Dow 30 company, Verizon Communications (NYSE:VZ) is one of the world's leading providers of communications services, with approximately $68 billion in annual revenues. Verizon companies are the largest providers of wireline and wireless communications in the United States. Verizon is also the largest directory publisher in the world, as measured by directory titles and circulation. Verizon's international presence includes wireline and wireless communications operations and investments, primarily in the Americas and Europe. For more information, visit www.verizon.com.
DSL service generally is available to homes and offices located within approximately three miles of Verizon's local switching center or "central office." Some technical limitations may interfere with the ability of individual telephone lines to get DSL, even when the lines are within three miles of a DSL-equipped central office.
Downstream and upstream speeds describing Verizon Online's services are maximum connection speeds between the customer's computer and Verizon's DSL equipment. Actual connection speeds may vary from the maximum speeds and may be lower than the advertised line rate. Throughput (download and upload) speeds will be lower than connection speeds and vary based on the telephone line's condition and distance from Verizon's central office, home or office wiring and the server or router speed of sites visited on the Internet, among other factors.