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Verizon Broadband Customers Get Online Ticket to ESPN360.com's Boston College-UMass Football Game

High-Speed Internet Connection Only Way to Watch

News Release

September 26, 2007 –

BOSTON - The hottest college football game in New England Saturday (Sept. 29), Boston College vs. UMass, won't be available on cable or satellite TV.  But Verizon FiOS Internet and Verizon High Speed Internet customers have free passes to watch the Eagles of Boston College host the University of Massachusetts Minutemen beginning with the 1 p.m. ET kickoff.

In fact, Verizon broadband customers can watch the game anywhere they can find a high-speed Internet connection.

The weekend college football game will be shown exclusively on ESPN360.com.  And, as part of Verizon's agreement with the sports programming network, the online service can be accessed free by broadband customers through the Verizon Surround Web site (http://surround.verizon.net).  At the Surround site, Verizon customers can find the ESPN360.com channel by clicking on the "SPORTS" tab and then clicking on the "ESPN360.com" tab.  They will be prompted for their Verizon user name and password.

Those college football fans unable to log on to the game at 1 p.m. Saturday will be able to watch replays anytime for 48 hours after the game.  Several games will be broadcast exclusively on ESPN360.com during the college football season and will be available free to Verizon's broadband customers.

Additional college football games available on ESPN360.com this Saturday include:

 12:00 p.m. ET Temple vs. Army
  North Carolina vs. Virginia Tech
  LSU vs. Tulane
12:30 p.m. ET Mississippi St. vs. South Carolina
1:00 p.m. ET Florida Atlantic vs. Kentucky
3:30 p.m. ET Kansas State vs. Texas
  Clemson vs. Georgia Tech
  California vs. Oregon
8:00 p.m. ET Ohio State vs. Minnesota
  Arkansas Pine Bluff vs. New Mexico State

ESPN360.com recently launched a new user interface and adopted a new programming strategy, becoming the first full-time, multi-sport, live-sports-driven broadband channel.  The service plans to present more than 2,000 live sporting events in the next 12 months, delivering multiple live events at the same time and spanning a global lineup.  In addition to exclusive college football events, ESPN360.com features college basketball, NBA games, NASCAR Nextel and Bush Series races, international rugby, and U.S. and international soccer.

ESPN360.com is free to fans and is currently available in more than 17 million homes nationwide that receive their high-speed Internet connection from Verizon and certain other service providers.

In addition to ESPN360.com's sports programming, Verizon broadband customers have access to:

  • Online gaming with hundreds of the most popular PC games for free with Verizon Arcade, or choose from a variety of Verizon Games on Demand packages.

  • Entertainment for children of all ages with Disney Connection ranging from activities, games, and classic cartoons to movie previews, music videos and more.

  • News from ABC News Now, a 24-hour news and information channel, delivering live breaking news, headlines every half hour and more than 25 original news, lifestyle and entertainment programs such as "Politics Live," "What's the Buzz" and "Money Matters."

For additional information about Verizon FiOS Internet service and to find out if it's available in their neighborhood, consumers can call 1-888-GET FIOS (888-438-3467) or visit Verizon's FiOS Web site www.verizonfios.com.

For additional information about Verizon High Speed Internet (based on DSL technology) plans, consumers can call 1-800-742-5375 or visit www.verizon.net/highspeed to see if the service is available to their homes and to place orders.

Verizon Communications Inc. (NYSE:VZ), headquartered in New York, is a leader in delivering broadband and other wireline and wireless communication innovations to mass market, business, government and wholesale customers.  Verizon Wireless operates America's most reliable wireless network, serving more than 62 million customers nationwide.  Verizon's Wireline operations include Verizon Business, which delivers innovative and seamless business solutions to customers around the world, and Verizon Telecom, which brings customers the benefits of converged communications, information and entertainment services over the nation's most advanced fiber-optic network.  A Dow 30 company, Verizon has a diverse workforce of more than 238,000 and last year generated consolidated operating revenues of more than $88 billion.  For more information, visit www.verizon.com.

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Media Contact:

Cliff Lee, 518-396-1095
Phil Santoro, 617-743-4760

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