Access to Yahoo's broadband portal and services are now available to customers of Verizon's FiOS (fiber-to-the-premises network) that offers very fast Internet connections and television services. Access to MSN Premium also remains available. In other words, Verizon gives customers a choice of Verizon Yahoo, Verizon with MSN Premium, or a basic a Verizon portal.
If the consumer doesn't make a selection when the register for FiOS or Verizon DSL services, Yahoo is automatically selected as the default portal provider.
Yahoo spokeswoman Nicole Leverich said that the company was willing to offer the free premium services in order to sign up additional broadband users. "It's very important for us to reach those consumers who demand higher Internet speeds, and are at the forefront of technology," said Yahoo spokeswoman Nicole Leverich.
Verizon's DSL customers also are given a choice of the three portals (Yahoo, MSN, or Verizon's own portal).
Yahoo also provides broadband portal services in a partnership with SBC Communications.
Verizon's FiOS offers web access and other services including television with on-demand options.
About two week's ago I received a letter from Verizon informing me that FiOS is now available where I live. The way Comcast, my cable company (and Internet provider), has various services priced, I'm very interested in switching. However, even if I do switch to FiOS, I'll probably wait a few months and hope that any problems (-: in in my area have be fixed and the FiOS telelvision service (still not available to me) goes live.
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