WATERTOWN, N.Y. - Businesses in Jefferson and St. Lawrence counties now can interact and more effectively communicate online with their customers and suppliers by hosting their own Web site.
Verizon Online's new, enhanced DSL (digital subscriber line) service, "Business DSL with Static IP" is the Internet platform necessary to set up Web servers, e-mail servers and file servers, as well as add future services like voice over DSL. Bringing these services in-house allows businesses to host their own Web site and give employees remote access to the company's computer network through a virtual private network (VPN).
"Opting for Verizon Online's new business DSL service opens a new world of services for about a dollar a day," said Paul A. Crotty, president of Verizon New York. "It brings North Country businesses closer to their customers by making information about the business easier to find online."
Businesses that sign up by April 30 for Verizon Online's enhanced DSL service and make a one-year commitment qualify for a $200 cash rebate. Additionally, the first month is free with a second rebate.
The enhanced DSL service, Business DSL with Static IP, gives businesses a static, or permanent, IP (Internet protocol) address for locating their server, network or Web site on the Internet. Computers use static IP addresses to find Web sites like postmen use street addresses to find a home or business. By contrast, dynamic IP DSL service, currently offered to businesses and consumers, uses a different IP address each time a computer connects to the Internet.
North Country businesses that want business-grade DSL service can now choose Verizon Online's DSL service with either static or dynamic IP, depending on their business needs. Business DSL with static IP service opens the door for businesses to:
- build more reliable networks;
- run and monitor their own Web server giving businesses more control over their networks and more security;
- manage their e-mail server;
- set up virtual private networks (VPN) for mobile or remote employees, enabling them to access the company's network and e-mail;
- connect two separate computer networks.
Verizon Online also offers two routers that allow multiple computers to use one DSL connection. The newest router is wireless and uses Wi-Fi (wireless fidelity) technology to beam one DSL connection within the office, without any special wiring. The wired router requires CAT-5 wiring.
Verizon Online offers businesses six DSL with static IP packages with increasing bandwidth. The plans offer maximum connection speeds of:
- 768 Kbps (kilobits per second) downstream with 128 Kbps upstream for $79.95 a month;
- 1.5 Mbps (megabits per second) downstream with 128 Kbps upstream for $99.95 a month;
- 384 Kbps downstream with 384 Kbps upstream for $109.95 a month;
- 1.5 Mbps downstream with 384 Kbps upstream for $119.95 a month;
- 768 Kbps downstream with 768 Kbps upstream for $159.95 a month;
- 7.1 Mbps downstream with 768 Kbps upstream for $234.95 a month.
Businesses that subscribe to Veriations for business, a bundle of Verizon business-level services on one bill, qualify for a 10 percent discount on their DSL service. The bundle includes FirmRate Plus or SimpleOptions long-distance calling plans, DSL and a local package such as WorkSmart, Centrex Plus or CustoPAK.
All the business DSL plans come with six domain name (firstname.lastname@example.org) e-mail boxes, 20 megabytes of personal Web space, one domain name with a permanent IP address and a one-year contract. The DSL modem is $99 and can be installed by customers. Verizon Online's DSL service includes a 30-day money-back guarantee and preferred support for business customers with a single phone number to call for all inquiries and services.
For more information on Verizon Online's Business DSL service, business customers can call 1-888-649-9500 or go online at http://biz.verizon.net/ to order DSL and check availability.
Verizon is a leading DSL provider with more than 1.8 million DSL customers in 23 states and the District of Columbia. Verizon Online provides DSL and other Internet services to consumers and businesses.
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