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More Cable TV Choice for Consumers in Ashland, Mass.

September 2, 2008

ASHLAND, Mass., Sept. 2 /PRNewswire/ — Beginning today, consumers and small businesses in Ashland have more choice in cable TV providers now that Verizon has introduced FiOS TV, making a broad range of programming choices and superior picture quality available to thousands more Bay Staters.

Ashland is among 78 Massachusetts communities [see list below] where the company’s new television service is offered — the only TV service delivered over the nation’s most advanced all-fiber network directly connecting to millions of individual homes and businesses.

Last week, Verizon announced that it has added 75 more channels, including 55 more high-definition (HD) channels, to its FiOS TV lineup in Rhode Island and Massachusetts. As a result, FiOS TV now offers more than 400 channels — including 85 HD channels, more than any local cable TV company, including Comcast.

Verizon is currently negotiating with several other communities in Massachusetts to obtain additional franchises. For more information on the Verizon franchise process in the state, visit http://www.verizon.com/ma .

“FiOS TV gives consumers in Ashland an outstanding, superior alternative for their video entertainment,” said Donna Cupelo, Verizon region president for Massachusetts and Rhode Island. “Customers in Ashland who liked what FiOS did for their Internet connection will love what it does for their TV. We’ve harnessed the vast capacity of our advanced fiber-optic network to deliver a revolutionary, new entertainment experience.”

Massachusetts residents who are FiOS TV-eligible now have the option to trim their monthly bills by bundling FiOS TV service, FiOS Internet service and the Verizon Freedom Essentials unlimited calling plan, for as little as $99.99 a month. They also can add a Verizon Wireless calling plan for a Grand Slam of communications and entertainment services.

In addition, new residential customers who subscribe to FiOS TV by Oct. 4 will receive their choice of a year’s free use of either an HD digital video recorder (DVR) or an HD Home Media DVR. Verizon is also offering new FiOS TV customers, or existing customers who upgrade to a bundled package, one free month of HBO and Cinemax, which includes the latest hit movies, documentaries and original programming from more than 25 premium channels and access to hundreds of titles on video on demand (VOD). New customers who take advantage of this offer will save between $200 and $260 the first year, depending upon the DVR customers choose.

Ashland consumers can check online at http://www.verizon.com/fios for more information or to request that Verizon contact them when FiOS services become available. Customers also can call their local Verizon sales office or 888-GET FiOS (888-438-3467).

Small- and medium-sized businesses interested in business-grade FiOS services can visit http://www.verizon.com/bizfiostv to see online rebate offers of up to $409 depending on the services selected or call 877-FiOS BIZ (877-346-7249) for more information.

                         FiOS TV Service Highlights   FiOS TV service highlights include:  

— More than 400 all-digital channels grouped by genres such as entertainment, sports, news, shopping, movies and family, making it easy for audiences to find their favorite programming.

— A total of 85 HD channels for Massachusetts customers, with extraordinary clarity and theater-quality sound. The company plans to offer all available major HD programming by year-end.

— An industry-leading library of more than 11,000 video-on-demand (VOD) titles each month, 70 percent of which are free. In addition, the VOD library includes an increasing number of HD titles, and Verizon plans to offer 1,000 HD VOD titles per month by year-end.

— An easy-to-use interactive media guide that integrates HD programming, VOD content and the optional digital video recorder along with broadcast television into a seamless user experience.

— Set-top boxes ranging from a standard-definition box to the Home Media DVR, featuring a multi-room DVR that enables up to three simultaneous viewings of recorded programs without requiring customers to set up a complex home network or buy extra equipment. The recorder is bundled with Media Manager, which lets customers easily access photos and music from their personal computer and play them on their entertainment center where they look and sound the best.

— FiOS TV Widgets, a free interactive feature that provides local weather and traffic information.

Programming choices for Hispanic, African-American, Asian, Russian and other multicultural audiences are available in every market, making FiOS TV an outlet for emerging and independent networks to showcase their diverse programming.

FiOS TV is designed to be a formidable competitor to cable and satellite. Verizon’s fiber-to-the-premises (FTTP) network, the largest of its kind in the country, is currently under construction in more than half the states where the company offers landline communications services, including almost 100 Massachusetts communities.

The network brings the power and capacity of fiber optics directly into people’s homes and has industry-leading quality and reliability. Fiber delivers amazingly sharp pictures and sound, and has the capacity to transmit a wide array of high-definition programming that is so clear and intense it seems to leap from the TV screen. It also delivers Internet download speeds of up to 50 Mbps* (megabits per second) and upload speeds of up to 20 Mbps as well as high-quality voice services.

(More information about FiOS TV and fiber optics is available in Verizon’s online News Center at http://www.verizon.com/news .)

The value of FiOS TV extends to the installation and customer support. Specially trained Verizon technicians will install the service and acquaint subscribers with FiOS TV features and services. Verizon is waiving the installation fee for up to three existing TV outlets, and there is no charge to install a needed optical network terminal at the subscriber’s home. Charges for other installation services, such as additional outlets, may apply. Verizon provides 24 x 7 technical assistance by phone from its Fiber Solutions Centers in Providence, R.I., and other cities.

[In Massachusetts, FiOS TV is available in Abington, Acton, Andover, Arlington, Ashland, Bedford, Belmont, Boxborough, Boxford, Braintree, Burlington, Canton, Dedham, Dunstable, Framingham, Franklin, Georgetown, Hamilton, Hingham, Holliston, Hopkinton, Ipswich, Lakeville, Lawrence, Lincoln, Littleton, Lexington, Lynn, Lynnfield, Malden, Marion, Marlborough, Marshfield, Mattapoisett, Medfield, Medway, Melrose, Methuen, Middleborough, Nahant, Natick, Needham, Newton, Norfolk, North Andover, North Reading, Northborough, Norwood, Plymouth, Reading, Rochester, Rockland, Rowley, Sherborn, Southborough, Stoneham, Stoughton, Stow, Sudbury, Sutton, Swampscott, Taunton, Tewksbury, Topsfield, Tyngsborough, Wakefield, Walpole, Waltham, Wareham, Wayland, Wellesley, Wenham, West Newbury, Westborough, Westwood, Wilmington, Winchester and Woburn. FiOS TV also is available in parts of New York, New Jersey, California, Delaware, Texas, Florida, Indiana, Maryland, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island and Virginia.]

* NOTE: Actual (throughput) speeds will vary.

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