EVERETT, Wash. - Verizon received approval Wednesday (Sept. 19) from the Washington Utilities and Transportation Commission to offer discounted bundles of voice, TV, High Speed Internet and wireless services to Washington consumers.
Effective September 21, Verizon customers are eligible to mix and match discounts for a variety of high-value services including what is known as the "quadruple play" - voice, TV, High Speed Internet and wireless.
"We have worked very hard during the past year to change the regulatory regimen for local telephone companies," said David S. Valdez, the company's Northwest region senior vice president for public affairs and policy. "Verizon has been at a distinct disadvantage in bundling services that lightly regulated competitors like cable are able to offer at a moment's notice to meet consumer demand. Finally, we have the tools to take these companies on in the highly competitive marketplace for these services.
"In the end, consumers win because there's more choice for them," Valdez said.
Under the new offers, customers can order voice and data packages that begin at $59.98 a month for Verizon Freedom Essentials voice service and High Speed Internet (768-kilobits-per-second DSL), to $139.99 per month for those two services plus DIRECTV and 450 monthly minutes of Verizon Wireless service. The plan is also available by calling a Verizon customer service representative at 1-800-483-3000 or by visiting a Verizon Plus Store or Best Buy and Circuit City outlets.
Verizon also has been building its FTTP (fiber-to-the-premises) network to homes and small businesses on the Eastside and in Snohomish County since early 2006. By the end of this year, the company expects to pass more than 137,000 homes and small businesses in the Puget Sound Region.
The company delivers unmatched Internet speeds with FiOS (FYE'-ose) Internet over the FTTP network, offering download speeds of up to 30 Mbps (megabits per second) and upload speeds of up to 5 Mbps. In addition to FiOS Internet and crystal-clear FiOS voice, the company plans to offer its FiOS TV service over the network in the future.
Bundles for Verizon's hyper-fast FiOS Internet with a 5 Mbps download speed and 2 Mbps upload speed and Verizon Freedom Essentials calling begin at $69.99 per month with a two-year commitment. 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 www.verizonfios.com.
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 62 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 www.verizon.com.