Verizon announced today that it is expanding the availability of its fastest DSL service.
By the end of July, 9.7 million households in parts of 21 states and the District of Columbia will be able to order the high-speed broadband service, which has an estimated download speed of 7.1 Mbps from a customer’s home to the central office. The service has an upload speed of 384 Kbps.
The latest expansion will increase the availability of the service in parts of Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Virginia, West Virginia and the District of Columbia. The up to 7.1 Mbps service is also offered in parts of California, Delaware, Florida, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, North Carolina, Oregon, South Carolina, Texas, Washington State and Wisconsin.
New customers who sign a two-year agreement for Verizon's stand-alone DSL data service can lock in a rate of $37.99 per month, which is guaranteed for as long as they keep the service.
Cable operators are also using -n rates as a means to keep customers from migrating to other service providers.
New customers who order a bundle of Verizon high-speed Internet service, Verizon Freedom unlimited local and long-distance calling services, and DirecTV service by June 20 can get a lower price, with a current promotion that offers up to $150 back from Verizon in the form of a prepaid card.
In addition to the up to 7.1 Mbps tier, Verizon also offers data tiers of up to 3 Mbps/768 Kbps and up to 1 Mbps/384 Kbps.