August 31, 2005

Verizon Wireless extended its blanket wireless Internet service significantly yesterday by launching the service in seven new markets: Sacramento and San Francisco, Calif.; Denver; Louisville, Ky.; Baton Rouge, La.; and Charlotte and Raleigh Durham, N.C. Like cell phone signals, the Internet signal is beamed from cell phone towers, and the service is available to Verizon customers for about $60 per month and non-Verizon customers for $80 per month. The service, capable of transmitting data at rates of up to two megabits per second, already is available in major markets across 31 states and Verizon plans to offer wireless Internet signal to half of the U.S. population by the end of the year.