More Northwest Pennsylvanians Have Access to Fast, Affordable Verizon High Speed Internet Service

ERIE, Pa. - More consumers and businesses in Erie, Venango and Warren counties now 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.

Over the last several months, Verizon has upgraded more than 5,100 customer phone lines for high-speed Internet service, based on DSL technology.  The company has installed Verizon High Speed Internet equipment at switching centers in Cooperstown in Venango County and Grand Valley in Warren County and at 10 remotely located facilities in places such as Edinboro, Franklin and Youngsville.  The sites, many in rural areas, serve as few as 60 phone lines and as many as 600.H

"Verizon is enabling more customers in Northwest Pennsylvania to make the high-speed connections that are important to them," said William B. Petersen, president of Verizon Pennsylvania.  "Verizon's ongoing, significant investment in this region means that many more communities have access to affordable and reliable high-speed Internet service, changing the way people shop, work and educate themselves."

Qualified customers who sign up online for Verizon High Speed Internet service with a connection speed of up to 768 Kbps (kilobits per second) and a one-year commitment will pay $12.99 a month for the first six months, with the first month free, and $17.99 a month for the remaining six months of the one-year plan.  Verizon's 3 Mbps (megabits per second) service also is available for $29.99 a month, with the first month free, to qualified customers who sign up online for a one-year commitment.

No matter what speed or plan customers choose, Verizon High Speed Internet includes 24 x 7 live customer support, a 30-day money-back guarantee, nine e-mail accounts and 10 MB (megabytes) of personal Web space.  For additional information about Verizon High-Speed Internet prices and bundled plans, residential consumers can call 1-877-483-5898 or visit www.verizon.net/highspeed to see if the service is available to their homes and to place orders.

About Verizon High Speed Internet

Verizon High Speed Internet service is delivered on a dedicated line from Verizon's central office to the customer's home and is backed by live, 24 x 7 customer service and technical support.  High Speed Internet subscribers have access to an extensive collection of features and services, including:

  • Online protection with Verizon Internet Security Suite:  In one download, this comprehensive online protection suite provides anti-spyware, anti-virus, firewall, parental control, pop-up blocker and privacy manager protection that run continuously behind the scene.  The suite automatically updates every three hours.  Just set it and forget it.  The cost is just $4.99 a month for use on up to three household computers.

  • Verizon Premium Tech Support:  A unique service that provides expert one-on-one assistance for a wide variety of issues like spyware, adware, viruses, hardware problems, computer operating systems and other issues not typically covered by Internet service providers.  The service supports routers, network cards, video cards, sound cards, CD/DVD reader-writer, hard drives, flash memory systems, printers, scanners, gaming consoles and firewalls and more.  The cost is $9.99 a month.

  • Online gaming from Verizon:  Play hundreds of the most popular PC games for free with Verizon Arcade, or choose from a variety of Verizon Games on Demand packages, including Family Place, a package that features more than 400 family-friendly casual games for just $7.99 a month.

  • Free entertainment for children of all ages with Disney Connection:  From activities, games and classic cartoons to movie previews, music videos and more, Disney Connection provides age-appropriate content for preschoolers, kids, teens and Disney enthusiasts.  The content includes access to Playhouse Disney Preschool Time Online and Disney Game Kingdom Online.

  • Free news from ABC News Now:  A 24-hour news and information channel, ABC News Now delivers live breaking news, headlines every half hour, and  more than 25 original news, lifestyle and entertainment programs such as "Politics Live," "What's the Buzz" and "Money Matters."

  • Free sports from ESPN360:  The service offers programming that includes hundreds of hours of live games, analysis and exclusive content on-demand with exclusive access to the Internet's best events.

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.