Verizon Expands Fast, Affordable DSL-Enabled High Speed Internet Service to More Than 300 Additional Residents in Wellsburg, W. Va.

WELLSBURG, W. Va. - More Brooke County consumers and businesses 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.

Verizon recently installed high-speed Internet equipment, based on digital subscriber line (DSL) technology, in Wellsburg near the Franklin United Methodist Church in the 3900 block of Washington Pike. 

"Verizon is enabling more residents and businesses across West Virginia to make the high-speed connections that are important to them," said B. Keith Fulton, president of Verizon West Virginia.  "Verizon's investment in Wellsburg means that more customers have access to affordable high-speed Internet service, backed by the reliability and security of Verizon's network."

Verizon High Speed Internet service is delivered on a dedicated line from Verizon's central switching office to the customer's home or business and is backed by live, 24 x 7 customer service and technical support.  The service typically is available to residents and businesses that are located within approximately three miles of the company's central switching offices.

"We have some great promotional offers in place right now for new customers, so this is the perfect time to sign up for Verizon High Speed Internet service," said Fulton.

Verizon's entry-level High Speed Internet service offers speeds of up to 1 Mbps (megabits per second) downstream and 384 Kbps (kilobits per second) upstream.  Consumers who want faster speed can order Verizon's offering of up to 3 Mbps downstream and 384 Kbps upstream.  The up-to-3 Mbps service delivers download speeds 50 times faster than dial-up. 

According to PC Magazine's 2008 readers' survey, Verizon High Speed Internet beat the average cable provider's score in reliability, the likelihood of a customer choosing an Internet service provider, as well as the associated costs and fees for the service.

Through June 20, consumers who order Verizon's High Speed Internet service also can take advantage of one free phone consultation with the company's premium technical support team, within 30 days of their order.  This offer covers a broad range of services including home network configuration, PC and printer setup, and operating system and software support.  It is a $90 value, and is above and beyond what comes free with Verizon's 24 x 7 standard technical support.

Verizon HSI customers also receive access to an extensive portfolio of value-added services, including 250 MB (megabytes) of free Verizon Online Backup and Sharing, which provides useful disaster-recovery support.

The company's popular Verizon Internet Security Suite provides comprehensive online protection from spyware and viruses for as little as $5.99 a month and includes anti-virus, anti-spyware, firewall, parental control, a pop-up blocker and privacy manager software to help keep customers safe from hackers and phishing attacks.

In addition, customers can protect their investments in home-entertainment and communications equipment by subscribing to a comprehensive suite of device protection plans such as Protection Pak Enhanced, which, in cases of a malfunction, cover the repair or replacement of all eligible computers, telephones and TVs in a customer's home, regardless of the device's place of purchase or age.  Coverage is less than $1 a day.

Residential consumers can call 1-800-VERIZON (1-800-837-4966) or visit Verizon High Speed Internet to check their eligibility, to find information about the latest promotional offers or to place orders.

Verizon High Speed Internet for Business packages offer a choice of speeds, static IP addresses, remote dial-up access, networking and domain name e-mails.  Area businesses can get more information about service availability and pricing by calling 888-649-9500 or visiting http://smallbusiness.verizon.com.

Verizon Communications Inc. (NYSE:VZ), headquartered in New York, is a global leader in delivering broadband and other wireless and wireline communications services to mass market, business, government and wholesale customers.  Verizon Wireless operates America's most reliable wireless network, serving more than 86 million customers nationwide.  Verizon's Wireline operations provide converged communications, information and entertainment services over the nation's most advanced fiber-optic network.  Wireline also includes Verizon Business, which delivers innovative and seamless business solutions to customers around the world.  A Dow 30 company, Verizon employs a diverse workforce of more than 237,000 and last year generated consolidated operating revenues of more than $97 billion.  For more information, visit www.verizon.com.