Now through mid January, Internet users eager to cut ties with their cable company have a huge incentive to switch to High Speed Internet (HSI).

To make High Speed Internet, based on digital subscriber line or DSL technology, an even better choice for consumers, Verizon is offering the first six months of HSI free when ordering Verizon’s up-to- 1, 3 or 7.1 megabits per second (Mbps) service as part of a one-year agreement with the company. The offer expires Jan. 16, 2010.

"Consumers are constantly looking for the most reliable and best-priced products on the market, and we’ve created a value-packed reason to switch to Verizon," said Susan Retta, vice president of consumer products and services at Verizon. "Customers who order new HSI bundles online will also receive exclusive benefits including a free modem and an additional $5 off qualifying bundles."

The six-months-free offer also extends to consumers who choose to bundle their up-to- 3 or 7.1 Mbps HSI service with Verizon Freedom Essentials unlimited domestic long-distance calling and award-winning DIRECTV service.

New customers can order a triple-play bundle with up-to- 3 or 7.1 Mbps* HSI, DIRECTV®PLUS DVR package and Freedom Essentials (unlimited local and long-distance calling) for just $70 per month for the first six months. During the second six months of an annual plan, the bundle with up-to-3 Mbps service is $94.99 per month, and the bundle with up-to-7.1 Mbps service is just $10 more, at $104.99 per month, during the second six months of the annual plan.

A double-play bundle that combines up-to- 3 or 7.1 Mbps HSI with Verizon Freedom Essentials unlimited domestic long-distance calling — and free HSI for the first six months — also is available for $40 per month for the first six months of the plan. During the second six months of an annual plan, the bundle with up-to-3 Mbps service is $69.99 per month.** The price for the bundle with up-to-7.1 Mbps service is just $10 more, at $79.99 per month, during the second six months of the annual plan.

With these 3 Mbps and 7.1 Mbps packages, customers also get free access to thousands of free Verizon Wi-Fi hot spots around the country, including various retail and high-traffic locations. A full listing of the Verizon Wi-Fi hot spots can be found at www.verizon.net/hotspots.

Last month, Verizon began offering its first "quad-play" bundles of wireless calling, home phone, broadband Internet and TV services. The packages are available to customers in the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic states who are served by Verizon’s market-leading FiOS services or Verizon’s fast, affordable HSI and DIRECTV®. For more information, visit www.verizon.com/betterbuy.

Verizon High Speed Internet Available to More Than 25 Million Households

Verizon HSI, the company’s most widely available broadband Internet service with more than 25 million qualified households in parts of 24 states and the District of Columbia, also provides a gateway to other valuable services. They include free Wi-Fi connections for qualifying customers, Verizon Internet Security Suite, Premium Technical Support and Verizon Online Backup & Sharing.

Five times more storage space has been added to the Verizon Online Backup & Sharing service at the same low prices. For just $8.99 per month, customers can now get 25 gigabytes of storage and Verizon’s Internet Security Suite, which offers extensive online protection from spyware and viruses while also providing firewall protection, parental controls, pop-up blocker and privacy manager software. In addition to more storage, both services now support Mac computers.

To help ensure customers are protected from unexpected repairs or replacement costs, Verizon offers its Protection Pak Enhanced package covering repair and replacement on all eligible in-home TVs, PCs and phones — regardless of brand, age or place of purchase — for just $19.99 per month. An ideal companion to holiday consumer electronic purchases, the Protection Pak Enhanced package includes $2,500 in annual coverage for TVs, $2,500 for PCs and $400 for phone repairs and replacement.***

Consumers who want more information about Verizon’s services can visit www.verizon.net/shop. For more information about current HSI offers, visit http://www22.verizon.com/Residential/HighspeedInternet/ or call 1-800-VERIZON (1-800-837-4966).

* Internet speeds refer to the connection speed between the user’s location and Verizon’s central office. Actual surfing speeds will vary based on many factors and be lower than connection speed.

** Plus applicable taxes and fees.

*** There is a $75 service fee for each TV or PC repair or replacement; no service charge for phones or repair and replacement of peripherals such as TV remote, PC mouse or keyboard.