(Targeted News Service Via Acquire Media NewsEdge) NEWARK, N.J., Feb. 25 -- Verizon issued the following news release:
Verizon's powerful networks continue to meet the growing broadband, communications and information needs of New Jersey consumers and businesses, as the company invested more than $627 million in its New Jersey wireline networks and information technology infrastructure in 2012.
"The economic health of New Jersey is increasingly tied to robust and modern communications networks, and Verizon's continued infrastructure investments ensure that New Jersey stays at the front of the line in state-of-the-art communications for both consumers and businesses," said Paul Sullivan, Verizon region president of consumer and mass business for New Jersey. "Advanced networks spur innovation, commerce, business development, learning and communication at an accelerated pace.
"As one of the largest private capital investors in the state, Verizon is helping to break down traditional technological boundaries, empowering people and businesses in New Jersey to connect however, whenever and wherever they want. This creates opportunities that are borderless and that bring great benefits to our customers, employees, suppliers and communities across the Garden State," said Sullivan.
More than half of U.S. consumers say Internet service is their home's most important convenience, according to the Verizon FiOS Innovation Index (http://www.borderlessconsumer.com/) - a series of consumer research surveys. More than 50 percent of all survey respondents also indicated an interest in remote health monitoring and virtual medical visits, which are enabled by ultra-high-speed networks and innovative applications.
"Whether it's sharing photos or videos from your laptop with friends, watching TV on your tablet, or monitoring blood pressure online, our networks are delivering to consumers and businesses an experience that is second-to-none in meeting their communications needs," said Sullivan.
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Verizon's major wireline infrastructure programs in 2012 included:
* Continued deployment of the company's award-winning, 100 percent fiber-optic FiOS TV (http://www22.verizon.com/residential/tv/) and FiOS Internet (http://www22.verizon.com/Residential/FiOSInternet/) services. At year's end, FiOS services were available to more than 1.9 million New Jersey homes and businesses.
* Content enhancement by adding 28 new channels, such as BBC HD and Cartoon Network HD; more than 17,000 video-on-demand titles, including free VOD from NBA TV; and a significant expansion to Verizon's free on-demand offerings from TBS, TNT, Cartoon Network and Showtime. FiOS TV now offers more than 50,000 VOD titles each month.
* Investing in superior customer experiences: More than 200,000 Verizon customers nationwide who had repeat repair calls on their landline phone service moved their service from Verizon's copper network to the company's all-fiber infrastructure, which is less susceptible than copper to moisture and water damage and offers a better service experience.
* Continued deployment of fiber-optic links to wireless providers' cell sites throughout New Jersey as these carriers expand their infrastructure to meet ever-growing demand for wireless broadband and advanced 4G services. In 2012, Verizon deployed fiber optics to connect 310 of these sites in the state.