Verizon Expands Fast, Affordable DSL-Enabled High Speed Internet Service in Tamaqua, Pa.

Nearly 450 additional households and small businesses in the area now have access to Verizon High Speed Internet, allowing them to quickly download movies or large files, share photos or video with friends and family, and create their own Internet content. 

Consumers and small businesses also can take advantage of some great bundle offers of Verizon voice, High Speed Internet (HSI) and DIRECTV® services.

Verizon recently installed High Speed Internet equipment, based on digital subscriber line (DSL) technology, at a site along Purnell Avenue, expanding availability of the service to homes and businesses in the vicinity, including those along Hometown Avenue, Liberty Street, Lincoln Drive, Mahanoy Avenue, Meadow Avenue and Oak Street.

"Verizon is enabling more Pennsylvania residents and small businesses to make reliable and affordable high-speed connections," said Mary Yarbrough, vice president of marketing for Verizon's Mid-Atlantic region.  "We have some great promotional offers in place right now for new customers, so this is the perfect time to sign up for our High Speed Internet service."

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 round-the-clock customer service and technical support. 

According to PC Magazine's 2009 readers' survey, Verizon High Speed Internet scored higher than the average Internet service provider score in overall service satisfaction and beat the average provider's score in fees charged.  Verizon HSI also needed fewer repairs than the average provider, including several major cable companies, the survey found.

Verizon's entry-level High Speed Internet service offers speeds of up to 1 Mbps (megabit 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 768 Kbps upstream.  The up-to-3 Mbps service delivers download speeds 50 times faster than dial-up. 

Verizon offers consumers and small businesses an array of triple-play bundles - featuring voice and Internet services delivered over Verizon's 99.9 percent reliable network, and DIRECTV® service.  For consumers, a 3 Mbps HSI triple-play bundle is only $99.99 per month** with a one-year agreement when ordered online.

In addition, Verizon now includes thousands of free Wi-Fi hot spots for qualifying customers to use when traveling across town or the country.

New consumer voice and HSI customers ordering qualifying double- or triple-play bundles are eligible for an HP Mini netbook*** (valued at $299) or $150 back via a Verizon VisaÒ Prepaid card.****

For small business, a triple play of Verizon HSI for Business, Freedom for Business and award-winning DIRECTV for Business is $119.98 for the first year of a three-year agreement.

Verizon also offers its non-bundled High Speed Internet service to residential voice customers at $19.99 per month for speeds of up to 1 Mbps/384 Kbps and $29.99 per month for up to 3 Mbps/768 Kbps when consumers sign a one-year agreement.     

Verizon High Speed Internet customers also receive access to an extensive portfolio of additional services, including Verizon Online Backup and Sharing, the Verizon Parental Control Center and the Verizon Internet Security Suite

Consumers can get more information about Verizon's High Speed Internet service by visiting www.verizon.com or by calling 1-800-VERIZON (1-800-837-4966).  Customers who use self-service ordering tools and order online at www.verizon.com/connected will receive additional savings.

For information about Verizon Small Business HSI service and bundles, visit http://smallbusiness.verizon.com or call 1-888-649-9500.  For news, resources and more tools for Verizon's business customers, visit the Verizon Small Business Center at http://business.verizon.net.

* Internet speeds refer to the connection speed between the user's location and Verizon's central office.  Actual surfing speeds will vary based on many factors and be lower than connection speed.

** Plus applicable taxes and fees.

***  HP Mini netbook available with a $299.99 coupon redeemable online at HP Home & Home Office while supplies last.  Valid credit card required.  Customer pays taxes, shipping and handling.  Must sign up by April 17, 2010, and activate service by May 31, 2010.  Must have service for 60 days and no past due balance.  Coupon sent within 90 days of activation date and requires redemption within 60 days of receipt.  For residential customers new to Verizon voice and High Speed Internet service.

**** Verizon Visa® Prepaid cards - New or existing customers who qualify for the $150 or $100 Verizon Visa prepaid card issued by MetaBankTM pursuant to a license from Visa U.S.A. Inc. must sign up by April 17, 2010, and activate service by May 31, 2010.  Must have service for 60 days and no past due balance.  Prepaid card is sent within 90 days of activation date. For residential customers new to Verizon voice and High Speed Internet service.

Verizon Communications Inc. (NYSE, NASDAQ: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 91 million customers nationwide.  Verizon also provides converged communications, information and entertainment services over America's most advanced fiber-optic network, and delivers innovative, seamless business solutions to customers around the world.  A Dow 30 company, Verizon employs a diverse workforce of approximately 222,900 and last year generated consolidated revenues of more than $107 billion.  For more information, visit www.verizon.com.