Verizon's Small- and Medium-Sized Business Customers Get a More Robust Web Hosting Product

NEW YORK - For a modern small business, a Web site offers the power of a Yellow Pages ad, the timeliness of a newspaper ad and the convenience of a catalog with an online checkout counter. That's why Verizon now offers an improved Web hosting experience for small businesses at great prices.

"Now more than ever, a business of any size cannot afford to do business without a Web site," said Alan J. Lough, director of business broadband services for Verizon. "We make it easy for small and medium-sized businesses to create an online presence. We'll handle the technical aspects, and we provide the Internet infrastructure to host their Web sites so they can focus on their business."

Industry intelligence indicates the demand for Web hosting and related services is expected to grow at an annual rate of nearly 20 percent for the next three years, to more than $3 billion in 2009. Growth will largely be fueled by rising broadband penetration, increasing Internet popularity and expanding Web site utilization by small businesses.

Verizon offers three Web hosting solutions driven by Hostway, a leading provider of hosting services, each with free set-up (savings of at least $39.95); custom domain name registration; unlimited Web site pages; 24 x 7 technical support; CleanMail virus and spam filter; and SiteMail, a Web based e-mail system.  The solutions are:

  • Verizon Basic, which costs $9.95 per month and supports: 600 MB (megabytes) of disk space, 50 GB (gigabytes) of monthly hosting traffic, 15 e-mail accounts and a mailbox size of up to 250 MB.

  • Verizon Premium, which costs $14.95 per month and supports 12 GB of disk space, 100 GB of monthly hosting traffic, 50 e-mail accounts and a mailbox size of up to 600 MB.

  • Verizon Professional, which costs $24.95 per month and supports 25 GB of disk space, 300 GB of monthly hosting traffic, 100 e-mail accounts, a mailbox size of up to 1 GB, and GigaMail, which allows for the transfer of files up to 1GB by sending recipients to a Web site to download the large file.

Art Matteotti, vice president of global sales for Hostway Corp., said, "Most small and medium businesses today look to a Web hosting service to get their Web site up and running so they don't have to deal with the hardware and provide their own IT support. It's much less complicated and allows them to focus on their core business. At Hostway, we're committed to the development and providing the latest technology to host Web sites of all sizes."

For more information about Verizon's Web Hosting service supported by Hostway, visit http://business.verizon.net/shop.

Verizon offers a variety of products and services that allow businesses to customize the solutions they need to better compete in the marketplace. In addition to broadband Internet access, solutions include online backup storage, e-mail encryption and communications management tools. Verizon Business customers who purchase services totaling at least $125 per month may be eligible to enroll in Verizon Business Link Rewards to earn bonus credits to redeem for prizes. For more information about Verizon Business Link Rewards, call 800-LINK-888 or visit www.verizon.com/businesslink.

Earlier this year, Verizon was cited by J.D. Power and Associates 2007 Major Provider Business Telecommunications Services Study for the "Highest Customer Satisfaction With Small/Midsize Business Data Service Providers."

For more information on Verizon's products and services for small businesses, customers can visit www.verizon.com/business or call 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.

About Hostway Corporation
Hostway Corporation provides domain name registration, Web hosting and ecommerce, colocation, managed dedicated hosting, SaaS hosting, Web design and online marketing services to more than 600,000 customers and over 2 million Web sites worldwide. It operates state-of-the art data centers that reduce the complexity and cost of Web-based technologies for small businesses and large enterprises. Founded in 1998, Hostway is one of the world's largest Web hosting companies with a direct presence in 11 countries, 15 worldwide operation centers and more than 700 employees. Hostway franchises include: Affinity Internet, Bigstep, DiscountDomains, Hostway UK, Hostway Netherlands, Hostway Korea, Hostway Australia, Hostway Denmark, NetNation, PowerMedium, RegistryPro, Server Service, Service Over Internet, ValueWeb and WinSave.

About Verizon
Verizon Communications Inc. (NYSE:VZ), headquartered in New York, is a leader in delivering broadband and other wireline and wireless communication innovations to mass market, business, government and wholesale customers.  Verizon Wireless operates America's most reliable wireless network, serving 63.7 million customers nationwide.  Verizon's Wireline operations include Verizon Business, which delivers innovative and seamless business solutions to customers around the world, and Verizon Telecom, which brings customers the benefits of converged communications, information and entertainment services over the nation's most advanced fiber-optic network.  A Dow 30 company, Verizon has a diverse workforce of nearly 238,000 and last year generated consolidated operating revenues of more than $88 billion.  For more information, visit www.verizon.com.