Verizon's New High-Fiber 'Diet' for 25 Westchester and Rockland, NY Communities: Blazing-Fast Data, Crystal Clear Voice and Video Capability

NEW YORK - Verizon is bringing to 25 communities in Westchester and Rockland Counties one of the most significant advancements in telecommunications technology in the past 100 years.

The company today announced it is building a fiber-optic network that will deliver faster data speeds, crystal clear voice -- and also has the capability to offer a full suite of video services -- to residence and business customers in the Westchester County communities of Ardsley, Bronxville, Dobbs Ferry, Eastchester, Elmsford, Greenburgh, Harrison, Hastings, Irvington, Larchmont, Mamaroneck (Town and Village), Port Chester, Rye, Rye Brook, Scarsdale, Tarrytown, Tuckahoe and White Plains; and the Rockland County communities of Clarkstown, Grand View on Hudson, Orangetown, Piermont, Nyack, South Nyack and Upper Nyack.

Verizon's all-fiber system is capable of carrying a competitive choice to the existing cable television providers. The company will seek a franchise agreement from the local authority before offering a cable-TV-type service in a selected community.

"We're excited that Verizon has chosen Greenburgh for its all-fiber network," said Town Supervisor Paul Feiner. "We'll have access to broadband Internet services that are faster than anything we've seen in the region so far. The network promises to change every aspect of our lives, from health and safety to entertainment and commerce.

"In the future, residents and businesses can look forward to ultra-fast broadband connections and, after approval of a franchise, another choice for their video services. Many Greenburgh constituents have been pushing for cable competition for years. Finally the goal is becoming a reality."

Rockland County Executive C. Scott Vanderhoef said, "We are very pleased that Verizon has moved to expand its high speed fiber optic network to Rockland County. This is great news for our residents and businesses who will benefit greatly by this advanced technology. We hope that it will soon be available to the entire county."

Paul Crotty, Verizon region president for New York and Connecticut, said, "This is a once-in-a-lifetime transformation of the communications network in these communities."

Known as fiber-to-the-premises, or FTTP, the fiber-optic network uses hair-thin strands of fiber and optical electronics to directly link homes and businesses to Verizon's network. The new network replaces the traditional copper-wire connections and will unleash a range of advanced communication services.

"We are building the communications network of the future to provide customers unmatched network reliability, incredible speed and exciting new options for voice, data and video connections," said Crotty. "Our FTTP project will help stimulate economic development and enhance these counties as a great place to live and do business."

Although the use of fiber optics is common for long-distance and inter-city communications throughout the telecommunications industry, Verizon is one of the first major telecom companies to begin using it to directly connect homes and businesses to the network on a widespread scale.

Verizon began building its FTTP network last year in parts of California, Delaware, Florida, Maryland, Massachusetts, New York, Pennsylvania, Texas and Virginia. The company yesterday also announced plans to construct its FTTP network in parts of Rhode Island. To help build the network across the country, Verizon will hire between 3,000 and 5,000 new employees by the end of this year, including hundreds in New York.

Fiber offers tremendous advantages to network operators, in addition to new and superior services for customers. For example, fiber offers reliable service in stretches of wet weather that can affect copper-based networks.

"Fiber optics will greatly improve the reliability of our network, eliminating troubles caused by water damage to our plant," said Joseph DeMauro, Verizon market area president for Westchester and Rockland County. "In addition, the quality of service, while already the best in the industry, will be consistently superior -- something very hard to achieve with a copper network."

Customer reaction to Verizon's new fiber-based Internet access service, called FiOS (FYE'-ose), has been very positive, with broadband subscribers more than doubling in the company's inaugural FiOS market of Keller, Texas, just outside Dallas/Fort Worth. Verizon will notify customers when FiOS is available locally.

"FiOS has been an extraordinary hit with our first customers. People are literally lining up to get what they know is a fantastic service at an excellent price," said DeMauro. "The need for speed and ability to take advantage of bandwidth-intensive applications remain a top priority for all computer users."

    There are three tiers of Verizon FiOS Internet Service for consumers:

  • 5 Mbps (megabits per second) downstream and 2 Mbps upstream. Suited for Internet surfing and basic computer functions. $34.95 a month as part of a calling package, or $39.95 a month stand-alone.

  • 15 Mbps downstream and 2 Mbps upstream. Appealing to families that have multiple computers and various needs such as media downloads and the ability to access or share large files. $44.95 a month as part of a calling package, or $49.95 a month stand-alone.

  • 30 Mbps downstream and 5 Mbps upstream. Designed for communications-intensive power users with significant bandwidth needs such as telecommuters or work-at-home households and avid online gamers. $199.95 a month.

The FTTP initiative represents a natural extension of the more than 10 million miles of fiber-optic cable Verizon already has in place and extends the high capacity, speed and quality of fiber directly to the customer's doorstep. When customers want more capacity, higher speeds or future video services, Verizon will be able to provide them instantly through the use of FTTP technology.

Verizon's digital subscriber line (DSL) service will remain the company's most widely available form of high-speed Internet access for the foreseeable future while the company ramps up FTTP deployment. The company offers DSL on a widespread basis in New York.

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