Verizon Online Expands High-Speed Internet Availability in Chapmanville Area

CHARLESTON, W.Va. - More Verizon residential and business customers in the Chapmanville area now can enjoy the benefits of high-speed Internet access. Verizon Online recently expanded the availability of its digital subscriber line (DSL) service in the Perry Branch area of this Logan County community.

"Verizon is dedicated to bringing high-speed Internet service to as many of our West Virginia customers as possible," said H. Stan Cavendish, president of Verizon West Virginia. "Advances in broadband technology are allowing us to reach more customers in more rural areas of the state, making those places attractive locations for businesses and residential customers to locate."

Consumers can visit www.verizon.net to see if Verizon Online DSL is available to their homes and to order service. Consumers who order an annual service plan online can choose from a maximum connection speed of up to 3.0 Mbps (megabits per second) downstream and 768 Kbps (kilobits per second) upstream with the first month free, the second and third month for $21.95 per month, and $29.95 per month thereafter. Or, they can select a maximum connection speed of up to 768 Kbps downstream and 128 Kbps upstream with the first month free for just $14.95 per month thereafter when ordered online. Both plans include 24/7 technical support, a 30-day money-back guarantee, a choice of free Verizon Yahoo! or MSN Premium services, 9 e-mail accounts, 10 MB of personal Web space and a do-it-yourself installation kit.

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/.

According to a number of recent independent research studies, DSL is fast becoming the broadband connection of choice for U.S. consumers. The Leichtman Research Group reports that more than half of all new high-speed Internet customers chose DSL over cable modem service in 2005, and Forrester Research found that DSL sales and market share continue to climb, outpacing cable growth. The industry research firm reported that in 2005, the nation's major DSL providers increased their customer base by 39 percent, nearly double the major cable providers' 21 percent increase in cable modem users.

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 53 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 250,000 and generates annual consolidated operating revenues of approximately $90 billion. For more information, visit www.verizon.com.