PITTSBURGH -- Michael Moschak of McKees Rocks won't have to watch the Pittsburgh Steelers' home football games on television this coming season. Instead, he can watch the team in person with the two season tickets he received as the winner of Verizon's FiOS sweepstakes.
The contest ran last month as part of a campaign to spread the word about FiOS Internet service, which is available in more than 70 communities across southwestern Pennsylvania, and the benefits of an all-fiber-optic network. The campaign included such things as free gas give-aways, car washes and other special events across the region.
For more than a year, Verizon has been offering Pittsburgh-area customers super-fast speeds with Verizon's FiOS Internet service. Later this year, the company will begin offering FiOS TV to some communities in southwestern Pennsylvania.
Verizon is the only major U.S. telecom company building an advanced, all-digital, fiber-optic network, on a mass scale, all the way to customers' homes. Only Verizon's fiber-to-the-premises (FTTP) network has earned the certification of the independent Fiber to the Home Council.
Verizon offers FiOS Internet service in more than 1,700 communities in 16 states. In Pennsylvania, Verizon offers FiOS Internet with downstream speeds ranging from up to 5 Mbps (megabits per second) to up to 30 Mbps, and upstream speeds ranging from up to 2 Mbps to up to 5 Mbps. The company's all-digital FiOS TV service is available to 3.1 million households in 11 states. FiOS TV delivers hundreds of digital video and music channels, high-definition programming, video-on-demand content, a robust interactive program guide and other innovative features.
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Companies that install all-fiber networks gain other advantages in addition to new and superior services for customers. For example, fiber offers reliable service in stretches of wet weather that can affect copper-based networks.
"Verizon's 100-percent fiber network is technically superior to other communication platforms because it offers faster data speeds than those currently available, as well as voice and video capabilities," said Beth R. Mulhern, Verizon's director of marketing for Pennsylvania. "This new network will have greater reliability and lower maintenance costs. By deploying fiber to homes and businesses in our territory, Verizon is transforming its wireline business into a 21st century engine for innovation and growth."
Verizon offers three tiers of FiOS Internet service for consumers:*
* 5 Mbps downstream and 2 Mbps upstream. Suited for Internet surfing and basic computer functions. $39.99 a month with a one-year agreement.
* 15 Mbps downstream and 2 Mbps upstream. Appealing to families that have multiple computers and various needs such as media downloads and the ability to access or share large files. $49.99 a month with a one-year agreement.
* 30 Mbps downstream and 5 Mbps upstream. Designed for communications-intensive power users with significant bandwidth needs, such as telecommuters or work-at-home households and avid online gamers. $179.95 a month with a one-year agreement.
NOTE: Actual (throughput) speeds will vary.
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 www.verizon.com.