Vienna, Virginia, Consumers Major Step Closer to Real Choice for Cable TV

VIENNA, Va. - Residents of Vienna are a major step closer to real choice for their cable television services, thanks to last night's (Sept. 11) unanimous Town Council vote authorizing Verizon to offer its fiber-optic-powered FiOS TV here.

Vienna is the 16th Washington metropolitan area jurisdiction to grant Verizon a cable franchise. The company currently has more than 130 franchises covering more than three million households in nine states.

At its meeting, the Town Council also approved a new telephone franchise for the company. As a result, Verizon will begin to upgrade its copper network in the town to an all-fiber-optic network. Verizon - the only company building a large-scale, all-digital fiber communications network directly to customer's homes - to date has added nearly 22 million feet of new fiber-optic cable in Virginia.

"This is a once-in-a-lifetime transformation of the communications network serving Vienna," said Robert W. Woltz Jr., president of Verizon Virginia. "Our cable franchise agreement with Vienna represents great progress for the town's consumers, who will be able to enjoy the same benefits of cable choice and competition their neighbors in Fairfax County enjoy today.

"Competition drives innovation, value and service quality, and we will compete aggressively for business with our FiOS Internet and FiOS TV services, which are fueled by our lightning-fast fiber-optic network."

Under the 15-year agreement, Verizon will pay the community franchise fees based on the company's gross revenues on cable services.

Verizon FiOS TV provides an extensive array of digital video and music channels, high-definition channels, on-demand titles and features such as FiOS TV Widgets, which supplies on-touch, on-demand access to real-time local weather and traffic.

In addition, Verizon's fiber network also allows the company to offer consumers and businesses high-speed FiOS Internet Service at download speeds of up to 30 Mbps (megabits per second) and upload speeds up to 5 Mbps.*

As this fiber-optic upgrade continues, Verizon employees or contractors will be visible in neighborhoods, either placing fiber-optic lines and equipment on utility poles or underground. Before underground construction begins, Verizon's contractor in this area, Ivy Smith Co., will notify residents when work is scheduled to begin in their neighborhoods. To lessen inconvenience and reduce the impact on local streets, Verizon and its contractors use the latest installation techniques and existing underground cable pathways, utility poles, or both, whenever possible. Residents can contact Verizon with construction questions or concerns at 888-250-9710.

* NOTE: actual (throughput) speeds will vary.

Verizon Communications Inc. (NYSE:VZ), a Dow 30 company, 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 nearly 55 million customers nationwide. Verizon Business operates one of the most expansive wholly-owned global IP networks. Verizon Telecom is deploying the nation's most advanced fiber-optic network to deliver the benefits of converged communications, information and entertainment services to customers. Based in New York, Verizon has a diverse workforce of more than 252,000 and generates annual consolidated operating revenues of approximately $90 billion. For more information, visit www.verizon.com.