WOBURN, Mass. - There's no better feeling than when your competitor proves that you're right.
That's the way Verizon felt when RCN introduced a new data speed for its Internet access product in Woburn.
Verizon has said all along that when a new TV or data company enters the market, prices and packages from the incumbent monopoly companies almost magically get better. The problem with RCN's new Woburn deal is that Verizon still has a better deal.
Customers in Woburn, who are served by Verizon's fiber network, can get a package of services for $119.85 per month that includes:
- Verizon Freedom Essentials voice calling plan, which includes unlimited local, regional and long-distance direct dialed calling, in addition to the three most popular calling features -- Home Voice Mail, Caller ID and Call Waiting.
- FiOS Internet service with connection speeds of up to 15 megabits downstream and 2 megabits upstream.*
- The new FiOS TV's Expanded Basic package, with more than 180 digital video and music channels, including more than 20 high-definition channels, and access to on-demand programming. Verizon currently offers more than 2,200 video-on-demand channels (increasing to 3,500 in the next several months).
RCN's package of services, with its new higher download speed, does not include long-distance voice calling and is priced at almost $130 -- $10 more each month than Verizon's package. In addition, RCN's package does not include any digital video channels. The price for an RCN package that includes unlimited local, regional and long-distance calling and digital video balloons all the way up to almost $175 a month, $55 more than the comparable Verizon triple-play package.
"This is a usual ploy by the incumbent companies," said Diane Collins, Verizon marketing director for New England. "Customers think they're getting a good deal, but when some new competition enters the market - like Verizon - they find a way to improve their offering. But even in this case, for Woburn residents, the Verizon deal is the way to go."
Verizon recently began offering FiOS TV in both Woburn and nearby Reading. FiOS TV has superior value, a broad range of programming choices and superior picture quality. FiOS TV and Internet Service are brought to Woburn and thousands of other communities across the country over Verizon's fiber-to-the-premises network. The network brings the power and capacity of fiber optics directly into people's homes and has industry-leading quality and reliability. Fiber delivers amazingly sharp pictures and sound, and has the capacity to transmit a wide array of high-definition programming that is so clear and intense it seems to leap from the TV screen.
* Verizon reminds you to always download legally. Actual (throughput) speeds will vary.
Verizon Communications Inc. (NYSE:VZ), a Dow 30 company, is a leader in delivering broadband and other communication innovations to wireline and wireless customers. Verizon operates America's most reliable wireless network, serving 51.3 million customers nationwide; one of the most expansive wholly-owned global IP networks; and one of the nation's premier wireline networks, serving home, business and wholesale customers. Based in New York, Verizon has a diverse workforce of approximately 250,000 and generates annual consolidated operating revenues of approximately $90 billion. For more information, visit www.verizon.com.