Verizon Expands Fast, Affordable High Speed Internet Service in Eastern Kanawha County, W.Va.

More than 200 additional households and small businesses in eastern Kanawha County 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 in London, an unincorporated area near Montgomery.

"More West Virginia residents and small businesses are now able to make reliable and affordable high-speed connections," said B. Keith Fulton, president of Verizon West Virginia.  "Verizon has 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.

Consumer High Speed Internet

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. 

New customers opting for a qualifying Verizon's High Speed Internet bundles can choose one of two value-packed offers - $89.99** per month for the first year; or $99.99 per month with $150 cash back via a reward card.  These offers are available for the up-to 3 Mbps HSI bundle.  Both of these bundles include DIRECTV packages CHOICE XTRA™ plus free DVR upgrade, plus free SHOWTIME® service for the year and free STARZ® Movie Channel for three months. 

One-year Verizon agreements and two-year DIRECTV agreements apply.  Additional triple plays with HD and premium content are also available.     

New qualified customers choosing Verizon's HSI double play can lock in two-year pricing for unlimited nationwide residential calling and up-to-3 Mbps service for $59.99 per month.  These customers can also opt for the $69.99 per month price point for one year, which includes $150 cash back via a reward card.

In addition, Verizon FiOS Internet and HSI customers subscribing to Verizon Internet Security Suite and Online Backup and Sharing 50 gigabyte (GB) bundle can receive the first 90 days for free.

All customers who use self-service ordering tools and sign up for any of Verizon's consumer bundled packages online will receive an additional discount of $5 a month for the same 24-month plan, for a total of $120 in additional savings. 

For more information on Verizon's consumer bundle options and to order service, customers can visit www.verizon.com/bundles or call Verizon at 1-800-VERIZON (1-800-837-4966).

Small Business High Speed Internet

Small businesses can receive fast, free*** Internet service for one year (after applied credits on qualifying speeds) by signing up for the Verizon total business solution, which includes Verizon High Speed Internet, Internet security solution, 25 GB of online data storage, and unlimited nationwide calling with five of the most popular calling features - savings of over $380.  This total business solution starts at $61.99 per month** for the first year with a three-year bundle agreement (previously, this bundled package started at $84 per month). Offer expires Aug. 21, 2010.

Add award-winning DIRECTV service to the above total business solution and bundled packages start at $96.98 per month for the first year with a three-year bundle agreement.  Small-business customers can easily tailor their bundled packages by adding additional phone lines or other services.

In addition to Internet, TV and phone service, Verizon also offers small businesses encryption and security solutions, as well as additional discounts on supplies, shipping and much more. 

All small-business customers who use self-service ordering tools and sign up for any of Verizon's business bundled packages online will receive an additional discount of $5 a month for 12 months, for a total of $60 in more savings.

For more information on Verizon's products and services for small businesses, call 888-481-0387 or visit www.verizon.com/smallbusiness.

* 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.

*** Free HSI promotional offer available to business customers new to HSI, VISS/VOBS and Bundled plan, subject to credit review.  Offer fulfilled via $31.99 bill credit for 12 months based on cost of up to 3Mbps HSI service.  Standard rates apply after 1st year. 

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 nearly 93 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 more than 217,000 and last year generated consolidated revenues of more than $107 billion.  For more information, visit www.verizon.com.