More Buffalo-Area Consumers, Businesses to Get Verizon Ultra-Fast FiOS Internet Connections

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BUFFALO, N.Y. - From gaming and movies to video and Web conferencing to e-mail and shopping, anything people in the Northtowns area of Buffalo want to do on the Internet just got easier and faster than ever.

Verizon, the company that is building the nation's most advanced digital, fiber-optic network straight to customers' homes, today announced that its ultra-fast FiOS Internet service is now available to customers in parts of Amherst, North Buffalo and Northwest Cheektowaga.  Additional parts of the Buffalo area will become eligible for the service, as Verizon continues to deploy its new fiber-optic network.  FiOS Internet is already available in parts of West Seneca, Hamburg and Orchard Park, along with many other communities throughout New York state.

"Nothing compares to Verizon FiOS Internet service," said Michelle Minus Swittenberg, Verizon vice president of sales and marketing for the New York region.  "The speed and capacity of Verizon's fiber-optic network for both receiving and sending information beats old-fashioned cable hands down for anything you need to do online."

Swittenberg noted that today consumers and businesses rely on fast Internet connections for everything from routine tasks like Web surfing, shopping or e-mail to more broadband-intensive activities like photo sharing, digital movie downloads, multi-player gaming, building Web pages, blogging and video conferencing.

"Verizon FiOS Internet gives consumers the fastest online connections available in the Buffalo area." said Swittenberg.  "Backed by the Verizon network and thousands of skilled Verizon employees, FiOS promises a fiber experience that is better than anything offered by a communications provider."

FiOS Internet was recently named to the top five of PC World Magazine's 100 Best Products of 2007.  The only Internet service to make the prestigious list, Verizon FiOS Internet was ranked fourth on the roster of what the magazine called "the finest products and services of the past 12 months" - "based on exemplary design, features, performance and innovation."  The service also ranked first in PC World's latest "Best and Worst ISPs" survey.  Verizon FiOS was the only service to achieve top ratings in each of the survey's nine categories: overall satisfaction, connection reliability, download speed, upload speed, customer service, technical support, e-mail service, spam blocking and antivirus/security. 

For Consumers, Ultra-Fast Speeds at Affordable Prices

Verizon is offering New York customers several tiers of service with downstream (download) speeds of up to 10, 20 and 50 Mbps (megabits per second) and upstream (upload) speeds of up to 5 Mbps.*

Residential customers who want to determine whether they can order FiOS Internet Service can call 888-GET FIOS (888-438-3467) or visit Verizon's FiOS Web site at   Customers can also visit Verizon's kiosk at the Boulevard Mall.  Small businesses can contact their local Verizon business office or account manager to determine if they qualify for FiOS Internet Service for Business. 

Each FiOS service for consumers is available either as part of a bundle of local and long-distance calling services from Verizon, or as a stand-alone Internet access service.  Plans with a one-year service commitment include professional installation and configuration of one PC or laptop.

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

  • 10 Mbps downstream and 2 upstream - suited for Internet surfing and basic computer functions, for $39.99 a month in an annual service plan.
  • 20 Mbps downstream and 5 Mbps upstream - appealing for families that have multiple computers and various needs such as multi-media and the ability to access and send large files, for $49.99 a month in an annual service plan.
  • 50 Mbps downstream and 5 Mbps upstream - designed for communications-intensive power users with significant bandwidth needs and multiple users, such as telecommuters or work-at-home households and avid online gamers, for $89.95 a month in an annual service plan.

Each consumer data offer includes: a state-of-the-art, wireless broadband home router; Verizon's Surround entertainment portal optimized for high-speed access featuring news, games, streaming video and more; e-mail with up to nine accounts; 24/7 live technical support; and a 30-day money-back guarantee.

Buffalo-area customers currently have the option to trim their monthly bill by bundling FiOS Internet service at 20 Mbps/5 Mbps and the Verizon Freedom Essentials voice service for $69.99 a month.

Small Businesses Can Get Big-Biz Speeds

FiOS for Business gives companies robust connection speeds for bandwidth-intensive applications at prices close to those charged by the ordinary broadband service providers.

FiOS Internet service for small businesses is available as part of a bundle of local and long-distance calling services from Verizon, or as a stand-alone Internet access service.  Small-business customers can receive free professional installation for their primary computer, plus a discount off of their standard monthly rate with a qualifying local-calling service package, if the one-bill option is selected.

Small-business owners can choose from three types of service and either a dynamic Internet protocol (IP) address or a static IP address.  Dynamic IP addresses are best suited for small businesses that do not have a Web site but still use the Internet for research or light to moderate e-mail.  Static IP addresses, where a specific Internet routing code is assigned for exclusive use, are ideal for small businesses that are highly automated, have e-commerce capabilities, have employees who telecommute, or who need to host Web or e-mail servers, or both.

All business service tiers include 24x7 business-grade technical support.  Companies also receive 20 MB (megabytes) of Web space and unlimited remote dial-up access that keeps employees connected when they're on the road.

* NOTE: actual (throughput) speeds will vary based on factors including computer configuration and network/Internet congestion.

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 60.7 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 has a diverse workforce of more than 238,000 and last year generated consolidated operating revenues of more than $88 billion.  For more information, visit



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