News Release

Verizon Wireless Acquires Operation in Central Ohio

October 19, 2000

BEDMINSTER, NJ — Verizon Wireless today announced it has acquired the wireless operating license formerly owned by Cel-Tel Communications of Ohio, Ltd. covering the counties of Hancock, Hardin, Wyandot, Crawford and Marion. The primary markets served by the business are Findlay, Marion, Bucyrus and Galion, with a total population of about 236,000. Adjacent markets include Columbus and Toledo. Financial terms were not disclosed. Through a previous operating agreement, Cel-Tel Communications customers have already been served under the Verizon Wireless brand. The headquarters for the Verizon Wireless Ohio Region is in Dublin.

About Verizon Wireless

Verizon Wireless is the largest wireless communications provider in the U.S. with 26.3 million wireless voice and data customers and 3.5 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 (NYSE and LSE: VOD). The new company includes the assets of Bell Atlantic Mobile, AirTouch Cellular, GTE Wireless, PrimeCo Personal Communications and AirTouch Paging. The 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 Bedminster, NJ, is 32,000 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/index.shtml

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