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Verizon Wireless expands broadband service

Wed, 09/22/2004 - 8:00pm
Karen Brown

Backed by its new Evolution-Data Optimized (EV-DO) wireless network technology that can deliver broadband speeds upwards of 300 kilobits per second, Verizon Wireless yesterday announced a major market expansion of its BroadbandAccess service, adding 11 new cities and 24 major airports nation wide.

Starting Monday, BroadBandAccess service will be offered to business customers in Austin, Atlanta; Baltimore; Kansas City, Los Angeles, Miami/Fort Lauderdale, Milwaukee, New York, Philadelphia, Tampa and West Palm Beach, Fla.

EV-DO networks have been up and running in Verizon Wireless' San Diego, Washington, D.C. and Las Vegas markets, offering sustained downstream throughputs reaching actual broadband speeds between 300 kbps and 500 kbps, with bursts to up to 2 Mbps. Verizon Wireless has already spent $4 billion in the past four years to develop the network, and it plans to invest an additional $1 billion through 2005 to deploy EV-DO nation wide.

BroadBandAccess service is targeted first at enterprise customers, offering them full access to corporate information and file downloads using laptops armed with EV-DO access cards. Customers will pay $79.99 monthly for unlimited use with a one- or two-year service agreement. A special promotion also offers new customers who sign up before Dec. 31 the required EV-DO laptop card for $99.99 or $149.99, depending on if they have a one- or two-year service agreement.

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