NEWARK, N. J. - It's a perfect match: schools and the Internet. Verizon is taking that linkage one step further by offering new customers of its broadband Internet services in New Jersey an opportunity to help their local schools.
Under a back-to-school program that begins today and runs through the end of September, New Jerseyans who sign up for any of Verizon's broadband Internet products - either Verizon Online DSL or Verizon FiOS Internet service -- will be able to nominate a K-12 school of their choice to receive a $25,000 technology grant from Verizon.
The grant will be awarded to the school that receives the most nominations. Both public and private schools are eligible. The winning school will be able to use the funds for any purpose relating to a technology project for the school.
"This is a wonderful opportunity for parents to help their children's schools," said Mark Adams, Verizon director of regional marketing in the state. "And it can also work as a community project, with dozens of families banding together to collectively help their schools. There's nothing like the value families get when they sign up for any one of Verizon's broadband services. And now they have the ability to help their schools in a unique way."
The company is also partnering with the New Jersey chapter of Junior Achievement to help get the word out about the program.
Catherine Milone-Richards, president of JA in New Jersey, said, "These are exactly the types of programs that JA is best suited to promote. Our members have relationships with schools, local boards, parents groups and others in the education community. The ability to link schools with technology is a win for the consumer and the schools."
Verizon has wide DSL deployment in the state. In addition, the company is building a state-of-the-art fiber-optic network that is bringing blazing-fast Internet connections directly to New Jersey customers' homes and businesses. Verizon's FiOS Internet service has connection speeds up to 50 megabits per second (Mbps) downstream and 10 Mbps upstream.
Earlier this month, Gov. Jon Corzine signed into law legislation that streamlines the process for obtaining video franchises in New Jersey, and Verizon announced plans to begin offering video services over its fiber network by the end of this year.
Verizon will be informing residents and consumers about the back-to-school promotion through various sponsorship events, employee referrals and the schools themselves. The broadband sale may be as a standalone product or as part of a bundle of Verizon products.
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