Verizon Opens Store for FiOS Services in Newton, Mass.

NEWTON, Mass. - In response to the growing demand for Verizon's voice and data products and services, the company has opened a retail store here.

Located at 224 Needham St., in a heavily trafficked shopping area, the store serves Verizon customers and showcases its products and services, including its revolutionary new FiOS TV and Internet services.

Inside the store, Verizon has created a family room setting, where shoppers can try out FiOS Internet, FiOS TV and FiOS TV DVR products. Verizon representatives are on hand to demonstrate the services and answer questions. Shoppers can also order all other Verizon services right at the store.

The new Verizon retail location will also serve as a customer service center where Verizon customers can swap FiOS TV set-top boxes, pick up remote controls and HDMI cables, pay bills, or consult with representatives.

The store is open Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

"By opening our new store, we are getting closer to our customers and the residents of the communities we serve," said Brenda Sowers, Verizon director of marketing. "Our customers will appreciate the convenience of a nearby location where they can conduct business and potential customers will have an easy and fun way to see for themselves how different and game-changing FiOS really is."

Verizon's FiOS Internet is available to residents in more than 90 Massachusetts communities and FiOS TV is available in 65 Bay State communities (See list below).

FiOS TV is designed to be a formidable competitor to cable and satellite. Verizon's fiber-to-the-premises (FTTP) network, the largest of its kind in the country, is currently under construction in more than half the states where the company offers landline communications services.

The Verizon fiber network brings the power and capacity of fiber optics directly into people's homes and has industry-leading quality and reliability.  Fiber delivers amazingly sharp pictures and sound, and has the capacity to transmit a wide array of high-definition programming that is so clear and intense it seems to leap from the TV screen.  It also delivers Internet download speeds of up to 50 Mbps (megabits per second) and upload speeds of up to 20 Mbps as well as high-quality voice services.

[FiOS TV is available in Abington, Acton, Andover, Arlington, Bedford, Belmont, Boxborough, Boxford, Braintree, Burlington, Canton, Dedham, Dunstable, Framingham, Franklin, Georgetown, Hamilton, Holliston, Hopkinton, Ipswich, Lawrence, Lincoln, Littleton, Lexington, Lynn, Lynnfield, Malden, Marion, Marlborough, Marshfield, Mattapoisett, Medfield, Medway, Melrose, Methuen, Middleborough, Nahant, Natick, Needham, Newton, Norfolk, North Reading, Norwood, Reading, Rockland, Rowley, Sherborn, Southborough, Stoneham, Sudbury, Swampscott, Tewksbury, Topsfield, Tyngsborough, Wakefield, Waltham, Wayland, Wellesley, Wenham, West Newbury, Westborough, Westwood, Wilmington, Winchester and Woburn. In addition, Verizon has TV franchises in Rochester and Wareham.]

Verizon Communications Inc. (NYSE:VZ), headquartered in New York, 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 nearly 66 million customers nationwide.  Verizon's Wireline operations include Verizon Business, which delivers innovative and seamless business solutions to customers around the world, and Verizon Telecom, which brings customers the benefits of converged communications, information and entertainment services over the nation's most advanced fiber-optic network.  A Dow 30 company, Verizon employs a diverse workforce of nearly 235,000 and last year generated consolidated operating revenues of $93.5 billion.  For more information, visit www.verizon.com.