Lansing Area Customers to Have Access to Fast, Affordable Verizon High Speed Internet Service This Summer

LANSING, Mich. - More consumers and businesses across the Lansing area have or soon will have access to Verizon High Speed Internet, allowing them to quickly download movies, share photos or video with friends and family, and create their own Internet content.

Verizon technicians are installing high-speed Internet equipment, based on digital subscriber line (DSL) technology, at nearly 40 company facilities, which serve from 100 to 4,900 phone lines. When the expansion project is completed this summer, the broadband service will be available to more than 26,000 eligible customers in Bath, DeWitt, Fitchburg, Grand Ledge, Grass Lake, Laingsburg, Munith, Onondaga, Parma, Stockbridge, Wacousta, Webberville and Williamston.

"More residents and businesses across the Lansing area will be able to make the high-speed connections that are important to them," said Sean Majewski, Verizon's director of customer operations for Michigan.  "Verizon recognizes that broadband access is a critical link for education, safety and information, and our significant investment here means that many more customers will have access to affordable and reliable high-speed Internet service."

Verizon High Speed Internet service is delivered on a dedicated line from Verizon's central switching office to the customer's home or business and is backed by live, 24 x 7 customer service and technical support.  The service typically is available to residents and businesses that are located within roughly three miles of the company's central switching offices.

Verizon High Speed Internet subscribers have access to an extensive collection of features and services, including online protection with Verizon Internet Security Suite; Verizon Enhanced Email; Verizon Premium Tech Support; Online gaming; free news from ABC News Now; free sports from ESPN360; and more. 

For additional information about Verizon High Speed Internet prices, features and bundled plans, residential consumers can call 877-483-5898 or visit www.verizon.net/highspeed to check their eligibility or to place orders.

Verizon High Speed Internet for Business packages offer a choice of speeds, static IP addresses, remote dial-up access, networking and domain name e-mails.  Area businesses can get more information about service availability and pricing by calling 888-814-6405 or visiting www.verizon.com/businessdsl.

Bundled Services Bring It All Together for Customers

Verizon customers also can bundle Verizon High Speed Internet service with a Verizon Freedom calling plan and all-digital DIRECTV service, giving them unlimited calling, high-speed Internet access and in-home video service for additional savings - all on one bill from a name they trust.  With ONE-BILL service, customers can even add their Verizon Wireless account to their bill for added convenience.

With Verizon Double Freedom, customers can choose Verizon's most popular unlimited calling plan, known as Verizon Freedom Essentials, and combine it with Verizon High Speed Internet service or with DIRECTV® service billed through Verizon.  Verizon Triple Freedom links a combination of the Freedom Essentials calling plan and Verizon High Speed Internet with DIRECTV service.

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 more than 67 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 employed a diverse workforce of approximately 232,000 as of the end of the first quarter 2008 and last year generated consolidated operating revenues of $93.5 billion.  For more information, visit www.verizon.com.