Verizon Connects With Consumer Home Networking

By Jim Wagner

September 30, 2002

A couple weeks after rolling out a router offering for businesses, the Bell is making the same push for consumers.

Almost two weeks after rolling out a wireless home networking offer for business users, Verizon is going to do the same for consumer digital subscriber line (DSL) subscribers.

Verizon officials will make the announcement as early as Monday, and unlike its business deal, the discounts will apply the same for DSL packages across the board -- Verizon had better rebates geared towards its high-end business DSL services.

Verizon expects to beat cable companies with home networking packages of their own by offering their home networking package with no connection costs, no monthly fee for service or charge for maintenance. AT&T Broadband charges $4.95 for every IP address a customer has home networked, so customers with four static IP addresses would pay almost $20 a month to network those four IPs.

Starting Dec. 1, Verizon will offer the following:

  • Linksys EtherFast Cable/DSL Router - $99.99.
  • Linksys Wireless Cable/DSL Router - $179.99.
  • Linksys wireless USB adapter - $89.99.
  • Linksys wireless network PC card - $89.99.

Earlier this week, MSN officials announced the launch of its own wireless home networking offering for the holiday season, though the support covers only Microsoft equipment.



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