Verizon Online Introduces High-Speed Internet Access in West Virginia's Morgantown Area

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. - Verizon Online has raised the speed limit in the Morgantown area with the introduction of high-speed Internet access.

Verizon Online is now offering its digital subscriber line (DSL) service with a choice of Internet connection speeds in the Grafton Road area, south of Morgantown. The new DSL offering is the result of the company's most recent upgrade to its local telecommunications network at its Gum Spring facility.

"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, 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."

Verizon Online DSL with MSN Premium Consumer Offer

Verizon Online's basic DSL service offers a maximum Internet connection speed of 1.5 Mbps (megabits per second) downstream and 384 Kbps (kilobits per second) upstream. It is as low as $29.95 a month for qualifying consumers who add DSL service to a package of Verizon services. A super-fast service, which offers a maximum connection speed of 3 Mbps downstream and 768 Kbps upstream, is $39.95 a month when purchased as part of a Verizon bundle. The first month of DSL is free when ordered online.

Verizon Online DSL with MSN Premium service includes:

  • Free do-it-yourself installation kit with a DSL modem
  • Round-the-clock technical support
  • MSN Premium software ($99 annual value) that provides
    • Firewall, virus protection and pop-up ad guards
    • MLB.com all-access pass to streaming baseball games and other inside baseball information ($99 annual value)

  • 9 e-mail accounts
  • 10 MB (megabytes) of Web space
  • 30-day money-back guarantee

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.

Variety of DSL Packages Available for Businesses

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 (name@yourbusinessname.com)
  • 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.

Networking Computers with Verizon Online DSL

Verizon Online DSL customers can link multiple computers with a router and create a local area network (LAN) using one DSL connection. A DSL-powered computer LAN would enable multiple employees in a business or family members to share printers, scanners and files. There's no monthly charge for networking two or more computers on the same DSL line.

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 23 states and the District of Columbia.

Technical Definitions

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 DSL 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.

Verizon Communications

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