News Release

Verizon Wireless Names Fassett Executive Director Of Network For Upstate New York

March 1, 2001

John O'Malley
john.omalley@verizonwireless.com
716-321-7264

ROCHESTER, NY — Verizon Wireless has named Gene Fassett executive director of network for the wireless carrier's Upstate New York region. In his new position, Fassett will be responsible for directing the design, implementation, and performance of the wireless carrier's Upstate New York region network.

"Gene brings us extensive experience in the wireless industry," said Tracy Nolan, president of Verizon Wireless' Upstate New York Region. "His technical knowledge and management skills will be valuable assets as he directs the growth and performance of our network across Upstate New York."

Fassett attended the State University of New York at Morrisville and Oregon State University. Most recently he was director of engineering and operations in the Buffalo/Rochester area for another wireless company.

Verizon Wireless' Upstate New York Region covers a 36,000 square mile area, including the largest digital footprint in Upstate New York. The wireless carrier has 57 retail locations - the most extensive network of company-owned retail stores in Upstate New York - and more than 800 employees across the state.

About Verizon Wireless

Verizon Wireless is the largest wireless communications provider in the U.S. with 27.5 million wireless voice and data 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 38,000 employees strong. Reporters and editors can find more information about the company on the Web at http://www.verizonwireless.com.

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