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Press Release: Huntington Beach receives now FiOs broadband Internet
Media contact: Jon Davies, 805-372-6969
A growing number of Verizon customers across Los Angeles and Orange
counties and throughout the Inland Empire are now experiencing
next-generation broadband Internet access as the company expands
availability of its Verizon FiOSsm Internet Service to homes across
By the end of this year, FiOS ( FYE'-ose ) will expand to parts of
Ventura County, and the service will be available to Verizon customers
in 22 Southern Californian cities. The majority of customers in
Huntington Beach, Murrieta, Sun City, Malibu
and Beaumont can already experience the FiOS difference.
Verizon is delivering FiOS over its new fiber-to-the-premises ( FTTP )
network, which it is already constructing in California and 13 other
states ' 50 percent of the states where the company offers landline
phone service. Fiber deployment is under way in Adelanto, Apple Valley,
Bermuda Dunes, Camarillo, Chino, Desert Hot Springs, Hermosa Beach,
Indio, La Quinta, Chino Hills, Ontario, Palm Springs, Perris, Lake
Elsinore, Temecula, Redondo Beach and Victorville. Some customers in
these cities can already order FiOS. Additional cities will be added
next year, and Verizon will announce FiOS Internet Service in these
areas as it becomes available.
To date, Verizon has deployed 8 million feet, or 1,500 miles, of
fiber-optic cable in Southern California as part of the FTTP project.
The company will deploy millions more feet of fiber in 2005.
To help build its ultra-fast network, Verizon plans to hire between
3,000 and 5,000 new employees nationally by the end of this year. In
Southern California, Verizon is adding approximately 500 full-time
positions to handle fiber splicing, installation, repair and
engineering. The new jobs include 124 positions at a new Fiber Solutions
Center in Ventura County, which handles calls from Verizon's FiOS
customers. The center's staff will eventually grow to 300 positions, as
FiOS-related calls increase.
Verizon also estimates it will retain more than 1,000 contractors in
California to work on various aspects of the local FTTP project such as
underground boring, trenching and fiber splicing.
Customers Respond Favorably to New Fiber-Based Broadband Service
Verizon launched California's premier consumer broadband service in
Huntington Beach last summer, sparking very favorable responses from
'We're focused on providing the best overall value in broadband,' said
Tim McCallion, Verizon Pacific region president. 'FiOS has quickly grown
in popularity for people who want to boost productivity and gain a
competitive edge with even faster Internet connections.'
Verizon is offering three tiers of fiber-based service with download
speeds of up to 5, 15 and 30 Mbps ( megabits per second ).*
Customers who want to determine whether they can order FiOS Internet
Service visit Verizon's FiOS Web site
or call 1-888-GET
FIOS ( 1-888-438-3467 ).
FTTP technology utilizes hair-thin strands of fiber and optical
electronics -- instead of copper wire -- to directly link homes and
businesses to Verizon's network, enabling a broad array of voice, data
and video applications. In addition to its current FiOS Internet
Service, Verizon plans to launch FiOS TV in the second half of the year
to compete directly with cable TV providers. FiOS TV will be available
in markets where Verizon has negotiated cable franchise agreements with
Three Tiers of FiOS Service Offer Customers Value and Choice
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
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
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 newsgroups.
*NOTE: Actual ( throughput ) speeds will vary.
Verizon Communications Inc.
With more than $71 billion in annual revenues, Verizon Communications
Inc. ( NYSE:VZ ) is one of the world's leading providers of
communications services. Verizon has a diverse work force of more than
210,000 in four business units: Domestic Telecom serves customers based
in 29 states with wireline 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. Information Services operates
directory publishing businesses and provides electronic commerce
services. International includes wireline and wireless operations and
investments, primarily in the Americas and Europe.
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