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Yahoo Verizon Launch Internet Service

Greg Sandoval (
Tue, 23 Aug 2005 12:42:53 -0500

Yahoo, Verizon Launch Internet Service
By GREG SANDOVAL, AP Technology Writer

Verizon Communications Inc. and Yahoo Inc. have teamed up to launch a
cheaper high-speed Internet service designed to compete against cable
operators and dial-up service providers.

For $14.95, subscribers will be able to download Web pages via a
digital subscriber line at speeds of up to 768 kilobits and upload
data at 128 kilobits. The cheaper service, which requires a one-year
contract, offers Yahoo premium services, such as antivirus protection,
on-demand music videos and unlimited photo storage, according to an
advertisement on Yahoo's site.

Sunnyvale-based Yahoo was expected to announce formally the Verizon
launch Tuesday, but an advertisement found on the company's Web site
Monday night detailed the DSL offering. John Reseburg, a Yahoo
representative, confirmed the accuracy of the ad.

When it comes to transmission speed, Verizon is far behind SBC
Communications, which launched a $14.95 DSL service with Yahoo in
June. SBC transmits data at up to 1.5 megabits, twice as fast as

Verizon will continue to offer faster DSL for higher prices. According
to the ad on Yahoo's site, Verizon customers can pay between $19.95
and $37.95 to obtain transmission speeds comparable to SBC's.

Verizon and other telephone companies are cutting prices to stave off
cable companies, which can offer faster data delivery and at greater
distances than DSL.

Still, Verizon's low-cost DSL is speedier and cheaper than America
Online's $23.90-monthly dialup service.

For Yahoo, the partnership is another chance to collect a share of
monthly subscriber fees as well as increase its profile as an
Internet-service provider.

Copyright 2005 The Associated Press.

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