Yahoo! Lassos Verizon FiOS Partnership

Yahoo! Inc. ( is glowing brighter, announcing that it has rolled out a co-branded Internet service riding Verizon Communications Inc.’s fiber-to-the-home FiOS service.

“Verizon Yahoo! for FiOS” offers broadband connection speeds of up to 30 megabits per second downstream and 5 mbps upstream and a raft of premium Yahoo! features at no extra charge.

It will be offered as the default Internet-service provider in portions of 15 states where Verizon has lit the FiOS service: California, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Indiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Texas and Virginia. Later this year, that list will expand to include Washington state.

“FiOS Internet customers already enjoy superfast upstream and downstream connections that make advanced online services an everyday part of their lives,” Verizon senior vice president of broadband solutions John Wimsatt said. “Now they can get even more out of that incredible speed with premium offerings from Yahoo! that bring them even richer entertainment, communication, productivity and online-protection services.”

Yahoo! content offered through the service includes premium on-demand news and entertainment video, personalized home-page features, customizable commercial-free radio, access to the “Yahoo! Music” library of on-demand music videos and unlimited photo storage.

Verizon is offering FiOS service through a tier of packages ranging from $34.95 monthly for a 5-mbps downstream connection to $179 for the 30-mbps package.