News Release

Verizon Wireless Expand Digital Service in Herikmer Area

March 11, 2001

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

ROCHESTER, NY — Verizon Wireless announced it has expanded its digital wireless service in the Herkimer area with the addition of a new cell site in Frankfort. The new site will provide improved digital wireless coverage along I-90 and Route 5S, as well as in the town of Frankfort.

According to Gene Fassett, executive director of network for Verizon Wireless' Upstate New York Region, the site will provide the wireless carrier's Herkimer-area subscribers with improved wireless coverage when making cellular calls across the region.

Verizon Wireless expects to further increase service coverage in the area by adding additional cell sites in 2001.

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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