Making a Difference in 'The First State': Verizon Invested More Than $53 Million in Delaware's Wireline Telecom Infrastructure i

Company's Network Investments Increase Reliability, Fuel Innovation and Economic Growth

WILMINGTON, Del., April 24, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- From Wilmington to Dover to Seaford, consumers, businesses and government agencies in Delaware continued to benefit from Verizon's 2014 investment of more than $53 million in its industry-leading fiber-optic and wireline networks. 

In addition, Verizon Wireless invested more than $270 million in its Philadelphia Tri-State region, which includes Delaware, giving Verizon's customers improved data speeds and enhancing network capacity within the region. Verizon Wireless also continued to expand its industry-leading 4G LTE and XLTE networks across the region, to deploy small cells and distributed antenna systems in high-traffic areas, and to begin rolling out Voice over LTE (VoLTE) technology.

"Technology has dramatically changed the way people live, learn and work, and Verizon's network investments ensure that consumers in Delaware have access to the services they need to manage their lives in the Internet Age," said Paul Sullivan, president of Verizon's Mid-Atlantic North region. "Our customers can feel confident they are receiving services over the best, more reliable communications networks available."

"Delaware recognizes how competition and technology have changed the communications industry and has promoted forward-looking public policy that encourages investment and innovation," Sullivan said. "Verizon continues to be a leader in private investment in Delaware and will help fuel the state's economic development and growth through investments in networks and technologies that touch lives and makes a difference in our communities."

Fiber-optic networks strengthen communities, and last year Verizon continued deployment of its 100 percent fiber-optic network, with its FiOS TV and FiOS Internet services. At year's end, FiOS services were available to more than 220,000 homes and businesses across Delaware. Verizon has placed nearly 3,100 miles of fiber optics in Delaware – enough to reach across the country from Delaware to California.

Verizon's major wireline infrastructure programs in Delaware last year included expansion of the fiber network to more than 5,700 new households in the Marshalton, Newport and Elsmere areas.  Above and beyond the investments made in its wireline infrastructure in Delaware, Verizon also made significant contributions to the communities to services across the state.

The company last year awarded $20,000 Verizon Innovate Learning grants to EastSide Charter Elementary School in Wilmington and to W.R. Brown Elementary School to drive student interest and achievement in science, technology, engineering and math.

The Fastest, Most Reliable Internet Service Got Even Better in 2014

  • Significantly raising the bandwidth bar with FiOS Quantum Internet.
    • SpeedMatch, offering upload speeds that match download speeds at no additional cost was one way Verizon said thank you to many of its FiOS customers. FiOS Quantum Internet upload speeds rival or exceed most download speeds offered by competitors. The ultrafast speed delivers technology that gives people the best way to upload photos and videos, send or back up files, conduct video chats and use multiple Internet devices simultaneously, among other bandwidth-intensive applications.
    • FiOS Quantum Gateway Router, which provides small businesses and consumers the fastest Wi-Fi available from any provider, with guest Wi-Fi and enhanced parental controls.

No More DVR Battles, and TV Went Everywhere

  • FiOS Quantum TV gives customers more choices and control than ever before, including the ability to record up to 12 shows at once; pause and rewind live TV on any TV in the home; and store up to 200 hours of HD programs.
  • The FiOS Mobile App offers 168 in-home channels, 88 out-of-home channels and 70,000 on-demand content features over select broadband-connected tablets or smartphones.
  • FiOS TV Everywhere offers 89 channels over a broadband-connected PC, laptop, tablet or smartphone.
  • FiOS TV's advanced, interactive search and navigation was upgraded to make it even easier for customers to find and enjoy what they want to watch.
  • FiOS TV features the most video on demand, with 100,000-plus FiOS On Demand video titles to rent or own, plus premium on-demand content packages with sports, movie and international programming.

Investing in Superior Customer Experiences

  • The company has launched a number of customer-experience management tools to provide an even better experience for its residential and small-business customers, ranging from a tech notification tool, which keeps customers updated on when a Verizon installation technician will arrive prior to their appointment; to mobile coach, which enables supervisors to work with reps in real time to better serve customers. These tools were developed with direct input from employees who use them daily.
  • Customers can take advantage of Verizon's In-Home Agent application for automated self-service.

Thank You for Making Us No. 1 (Again)

Customers ranked Verizon Highest in Customer Satisfaction with Very Small Business Wireline Service in the J.D. Power "J.D. Power 2014 U.S. Business Wireline Satisfaction Study." And for the second straight year FiOS Internet was rated No. 1 in the 2014 American Customer Satisfaction Index. In addition, customers made Verizon FiOS Internet the recipient of PC Magazine's Readers' Choice Award for the ninth consecutive year.

Providing End-to-End Solutions for Video Customers

Verizon has combined powerful assets to further the company's delivery of media and entertainment services through its Verizon Digital Media Services business unit.

With its next-generation platform and global content delivery network, Verizon Digital Media Services delivers end-to-end video solutions for best-in-class TV Everywhere and superior experiences to any device, anywhere, at any time. The interplay of assets seamlessly orchestrated among a secure media cloud, an agile video backbone and responsive intelligent edges delivers flexible and robust video solutions.

Enterprise Business Solutions Tailored to Meet Client Needs

Verizon Enterprise Solutions oversees all of Verizon's solutions for large-business, wholesale and government customers in Delaware and globally, including a portfolio of cloud and IT, enterprise mobility, security and advanced communications offerings. Its key client segments include healthcare, manufacturing and automotive, financial services and large government agencies. In 2014, Verizon:

Verizon Communications Inc. (NYSE, Nasdaq: VZ), headquartered in New York, is a global leader in delivering broadband and other wireless and wireline communications services to consumer, business, government and wholesale customers. Verizon Wireless operates America's most reliable wireless network, with 108.6 million retail connections nationwide. Verizon also provides converged communications, information and entertainment services over America's most advanced fiber-optic network, and delivers integrated business solutions to customers worldwide. A Dow 30 company with more than $127 billion in 2014 revenues, Verizon employs a diverse workforce of 176,200. For more information, visit www.verizon.com/news/.

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