Yahoo, Verizon Pair On Broadband

    January 20, 2006
    WebProNews Staff

The initiative provides Verizon FiOS connectivity co-branded with Yahoo, and an assortment of Yahoo’s content features as part of the package.

Consumers in parts of fifteen states, where Verizon already provides fiber-to-the-premises networking, can sign up for Verizon Yahoo! For FiOS. The services offers up to 30Mbps downloads and 5Mbps uploads for users in eligible parts of California, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Indiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Texas and Virginia.

Verizon and Yahoo have previously partnered on a DSL offering. For FiOS-eligible users, the speeds available exceed DSL even at the basic FiOS level of 5Mbps downstream/2Mbps upstream, which they price at $34.95 per month on an annual service plan. 15Mbps downstream/2Mbps upstream can be had for $44.95 per month.

30Mbps downstream/5Mbps upstream goes for $179.95 per month. Fast upstream connections command a premium everywhere, and Verizon is no exception at pricing it substantially higher than services with slower upstream speeds.

Part of the deal makes Verizon Yahoo the default option for new users signing up for Verizon FiOS service. Those Yahoo services come at no additional charge to the customer. A joint statement from the two companies listed what broadband-specific features Yahoo plans to offer:

•  Premium, on-demand news and entertainment video content
•  500,000+ content sources to personalize the broadband-optimized home page
•  Customizable commercial-free radio, with near CD-quality audio
•  Access to the largest library of online, on-demand music videos from Yahoo! Music
•  11 award-winning Yahoo! Mail accounts with virtually unlimited 2 GB of storage each and premium anti-spam protection
•  Unlimited photo storage and high-resolution photo downloads with Yahoo! Photos
•  Premium online file storage, with 100 MB capacity for primary accounts
•  Easy-to-use online security dashboard with one-click access to key security tools
•  Anti-virus protection for both the PC and e-mail
•  Award-winning parental controls to protect children while online
•  Anti-spyware to detect software that may be considered spyware/adware

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David Utter is a staff writer for WebProNews covering technology and business.