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January 14, 2009

Verizon Touts Broadband Connectivity's Use during Recession

By Barkha Bathwal, TMCnet Contributor

Verizon officials say their up-to-7.1 megabits per second service, starting at $17.99 per month, is available to more than 9 million households through Feb. 21.
Effective immediately, new Verizon (News - Alert) customers who subscribe to a two-year plan can be sure of the cost – for as long as they keep the service, saving $2 to $8 per month ($24 to $96 per year), depending on the speed selected and service area.
According to Susan Retta, Verizon vice president for consumer product management, reliable, value-oriented Internet access service will continue to be extremely important to consumers in 2009.
“In this challenging economy, consumers need broadband more than ever to stay connected, seek good deals online, start new home-based businesses or even search for jobs,” Retta said. “Verizon’s DSL-based High Speed Internet service remains a very popular solution for consumers. We already provide a great product, in a range of speeds, with great performance and reliability, and now we have added the certainty that pricing will not increase.”
The company’s high-speed Internet service is based on digital subscriber line technology, and its price is based on available Internet download speeds. Service with speeds of up to 1 is priced at $17.99 per month; up to 3 Mbps at $27.99 per month; and up to 7.1 Mbps at $37.99 per month.
To meet the growing needs of consumers who want more broadband speed, New York-based Verizon, a Dow 30 company, says it’s expanded the availability of its high-speed services from 400,000 homes to 9 million homes at speeds 125 times faster than a 56 kilobits-per-second (Kbps) dial-up modem.
“Verizon High Speed Internet subscribers have access to an extensive collection of value-added services, including 250 MB of free Online Backup and Sharing, Verizon Internet Security Suite, which includes a firewall, parental control, a pop up blocker and privacy manager software and Protection Pak Enhanced,” company officials say.

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Barkha Bathwal is a contributing editor for TMCnet. To read more of Barkha's articles, please visit her columnist page.

Edited by Michael Dinan