Verizon Online Opens Additional Internet Express Lanes in Western Pennsylvania

PITTSBURGH - More consumers and businesses in western Pennsylvania can enjoy the benefits of high-speed Internet access now that Verizon Online has expanded its availability in 10 towns, including portions of Greensburg, Canonsburg, Elwood City and Holidaysburg. Verizon Online DSL is now available to more than 8, 800 additional subscribers in western Pennsylvania as the result of a $660,000 investment to expand and upgrade the company's local telecommunications network.

"If you've wanted DSL service from us in the past, but it wasn't in your neighborhood, now's the time to check with us on current availability," said James V. O'Rourke, president and CEO of Verizon Pennsylvania.

DSL subscribers can have news in an instant, share digital photos, quickly send e-mail attachments, download movies and play interactive multi-media games in real time. DSL-powered businesses can increase productivity by spending less time doing research, paying bills online and e-mailing orders to suppliers.

Not only is Verizon DSL available to more people than ever before, but Verizon can help customers make the most of high-speed access to the Internet or other broadband services. Until July 17, Verizon Online is offering new DSL customers a full rebate on the $99.95 price of a new wireless router. With a home network, customers can have additional security and connect several computers to one DSL connection to access the Internet at high speeds. A home network also lets subscribers share files and printers among several computers.

To order Verizon Online DSL or check to see whether it is available to a specific home or business, local telephone customers should check online at www.verizon.net or call Verizon at 1-800-660-2215.

Currently, Verizon Online is offering its basic consumer DSL service for $29.95 per month when purchased in combination with Verizon Freedom or another Verizon local or long-distance bundle.

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