Verizon Brings Blazing-Fast Computer Connections to First Customers in Two New Jersey Communities

New Fiber-to-the-Premises Network Delivers FiOS Broadband Services,

With Prices as Low as $34.95

May 17, 2005, 01:00 ET from Verizon

    NEWARK, N.J., May 17 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Verizon customers in
 Closter and Wyckoff now can experience breathtaking high-speed Internet access
 as the company begins to offer its Verizon FiOS(SM) (FYE'-ose) Internet
 Service to homes here.
     The two Bergen County communities are the first where Verizon's premier
 consumer broadband services are available in the state.  The company is
 offering three tiers of service with downstream (download) speeds of up to 5,
 15 and 30 Mbps (megabits per second).*
     Verizon is already delivering FiOS services over its new fiber-to-the-
 premises (FTTP) networks in half the states where it offers landline
 communications service.  The company has identified 55 communities in New
 Jersey where it is rolling out its all-fiber network.  The company will
 announce FiOS Internet Service in other areas as it becomes available.
     FTTP technology utilizes fiber-optic connections - instead of copper wire
 - directly into homes to enable a broad array of voice, data and video
 applications.  In addition to its current FiOS Internet access service,
 Verizon plans to launch FiOS TV in 2005 to compete directly with cable TV
 providers.  FiOS TV will be available in markets where Verizon has negotiated
 cable franchise agreements with local authorities.
     "FiOS is setting the new standard for consumer broadband services in
 America," said Bob Ingalls, president of Verizon's Retail Markets Group. "Our
 customers who already subscribe to FiOS services are astounded at what they
 now can do with their online experience.  Video chats and conferencing,
 purchased digital movie downloads and interactive multi-player games have
 become a part of their daily lives."
     Customer reaction to Verizon's new fiber-based Internet access service has
 been very positive, with broadband subscribers already more than doubling in
 the company's inaugural FiOS market of Keller, Texas, just outside Dallas/Fort
     Ingalls added that Verizon is using the most advanced technology to
 deliver downstream and upstream speeds that will give customers truly
 interactive, two-way broadband capabilities.
     "The Internet is an increasingly interactive place where quickly sending
 information is just as important as quickly receiving it," Ingalls said.
 "From uploading multi-megabyte e-mails with photo attachments, to interacting
 with the office from home, FiOS gives customers unprecedented speed,
 efficiency and productivity at very competitive prices."
     Each FiOS service is available either as part of a bundle of local and
 long-distance calling services from Verizon, or as a stand-alone Internet
 access service.
     There are three tiers of Verizon FiOS Internet Service for consumers:
     * 5 Mbps downstream and 2 Mbps upstream. Suited for Internet surfing and
       basic computer functions. $34.95 a month as part of a calling package,
       or $39.95 a month stand-alone.
     * 15 Mbps downstream and 2 Mbps upstream. Appealing to families that have
       multiple computers and various needs such as media downloads and the
       ability to access or share large files. $44.95 a month as part of a
       calling package, or $49.95 a month stand-alone.
     * 30 Mbps downstream and 5 Mbps upstream. Designed for communications-
       intensive power users with significant bandwidth needs, such as
       telecommuters or work-at-home households and avid online gamers. $179.95
       a month as part of a calling package, or $199.95 a month stand-alone.
     "In addition to an outstanding array of high-speed access options, we will
 provide our customers with a first-class installation experience, in which a
 Verizon technician visits the home, sets up the connection and configures the
 service," said Ingalls.
     Each consumer data offer includes the suite of services currently
 available to Verizon Online DSL customers at no additional charge, including:
 MSN Premium content; Verizon's new Broadband Beat entertainment portal
 optimized for high-speed access featuring news, games, streaming video and
 more; up to nine e-mail accounts with 30 megabytes (MB) of storage for the
 primary account and an additional 10 MB for each sub-account; address book and
 calendar; 10 MB personal Web space and a Web-site building tool; and access to
     While FiOS services are not immediately available to all customers in all
 locations, the services now are available to many Verizon customers with a 201
 area code whose phone numbers have the following prefixes: 750, 767, 768, 784,
 269, 560, 847, 848 and 891.  Customers who want to determine whether they can
 order FiOS Internet service can call 888-GET FIOS (888-438-3467) or visit
 Verizon's FiOS Web site at
     * NOTE: Actual (throughput) speeds will vary.
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 (NYSE:   VZ) is one of the world's leading providers of communications services.
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 telecommunications services, including broadband and other services.  Verizon
 Wireless owns and operates the nation's most reliable wireless network,
 serving 43.8 million voice and data customers across the United States.
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 electronic commerce services.  International includes wireline and wireless
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