News Release

Verizon Wireless Completes Acquisition of Highland, Va. Cellular System

July 25, 2000

Michael Kornfeld
Verizon
212-395-5990
michael.s.kornfeld@verizon.com

Carolyn Schamberger
Verizon Wireless
414-390-8483
carolyn.schamberger@verizonwireless.com

BEDMINSTER, NJ — Verizon Wireless has completed the acquisition of a cellular communications system formerly operated by CFW Communications Company in Highland, Va., extending Verizon Wireless's national footprint into Western Virginia's historic Shenandoah Valley, as well as an area bisected by heavily-traveled Interstates 81 and 64.

The Highland system was operated under the CFW Intelos brand. The operation will now adopt the Verizon Wireless brand.

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Verizon Wireless is the largest wireless communications provider in the U.S. with more than 25 million wireless voice and data customers and nearly 4 million paging customers. The new coast-to-coast wireless provider was formed by the combination of the U.S. wireless businesses of Bell Atlantic Corp. and GTE Corp --now Verizon Communications (NYSE: VZ) -- and Vodafone AirTouch Plc (LSE: VOD; NYSE: VOD). The new company includes the assets of Bell Atlantic Mobile, AirTouch Cellular, GTE Wireless, PrimeCo Personal Communications and AirTouch Paging. The new company has a footprint covering nearly 90 percent of the U.S. population, 49 of the top 50 and 96 of the top 100 U.S. markets. Verizon Wireless, headquartered in New York City and Bedminster, NJ, is 30,000 employees strong. Reporters and editors can find more information about the company in its Media Center on the Web at: http://www.verizonwireless.com/mediacenter.

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