Verizon Expands Rural DSL

DANVILLE, W.Va. -- Access to high-speed Internet services for more rural West Virginians took a major step forward today with two announcements from Verizon that will help meet the challenges of delivering broadband services to rural communities across the Mountain State.

At a news conference this morning at the Danville Community Center, Verizon West Virginia President H. Stan Cavendish was joined by West Virginia Gov. Joe Manchin III and Sen. Jay Rockefeller, D-W.Va., as well as a representative from the office of Rep. Nick Rahall, D-W.Va., Boone County officials and several West Virginia administration members.

Cavendish announced that under an agreement with Verizon, Connected Nation -- a nonprofit organization dedicated to connecting people to technology -- will map the state's broadband availability and help develop a comprehensive approach to expanding high-speed Internet services in unserved rural areas of the state.

Cavendish also announced that Verizon West Virginia has greatly expanded the number of sites it will equip for high-speed Internet service this year. These sites will serve more than 100 rural communities in Verizon's West Virginia service area.

In addition, the company is developing plans to further accelerate its broadband deployment in 2008.

"Our performance demonstrates that Verizon is genuinely committed to broadband deployment in West Virginia's rural communities," said Cavendish. "Widely available broadband Internet access is critical for education, health care, public safety, business competitiveness and community development."

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