2/2/2005

Verizon Brings 30 Mbps Internet To Home Users

Filed under: — Aviran Mordo

Verizon customers in several Montgomery County communities now can experience breathtaking high-speed Internet access as the company begins to offer its Verizon FiOS (FYE’-ose) Internet service to homes here.

Verizon is rolling out the industry’s premier consumer broadband services to many of its customers in Chevy Chase View, Garrett Park, Glenmont, Kensington and Wheaton. The company is offering three classes of service with downstream (download) speeds of up to 5, 15 and 30 Mbps (megabits per second).*

Verizon is delivering FiOS services over its new fiber-to-the-premises (FTTP) network, which the company is currently building in portions of Maryland and 11 other states.

The new network will cover parts of Bethesda, Burtonsville, Cabin John, Cloverly, Colesville, Fairland, Forest Glen, Four Corners, Glenn Echo, Oakmont, Pooks Hill, Silver Spring, Spencerville and White Oak in Montgomery County. The company will launch FiOS Internet service in these areas as it becomes available.

FTTP technology utilizes fiber-optic connections — instead of copper wire — directly into homes and businesses 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 Worth.

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