News Release

Verizon Wireless Adds New Cell Site And More Digital Service In Fredericksburg, Virginia

New Technology Expands Coverage Area and Network Capacity

June 17, 2001

John Johnson
john.h.johnson@verizonwireless.com
240-568-1429

FREDERICKSBURG, VA — Verizon Wireless today announced it has placed a new digital cell site at Military Park to provide greater signal coverage in that area. The company also added digital service and expanded the signal coverage of a cellular antenna west of town. The addition of digital service also increases the network's capacity in Fredericksburg.

The net result is that customers will be able to make and receive calls in a wider geographic area. They will also experience fewer blocked or dropped calls as well as better call clarity and longer battery life.

The project is part of the company's $200 million initiative to build out its network in the Washington-Baltimore-Virginia region. In 2001, Verizon Wireless is investing more than $4 billion in its nationwide wireless network.

About Verizon Wireless

Verizon Wireless is the largest wireless communications provider in the U.S. with more than 27 million wireless voice and data customers. The coast-to-coast wireless provider was formed by the combination of the U.S. wireless businesses of Verizon Communications (NYSE:VZ) and Vodafone (NYSE and LSE: VOD), including Bell Atlantic Mobile, AirTouch Cellular, GTE Wireless and PrimeCo Personal Communications. Verizon Wireless has a footprint covering more than 90 percent of the U.S. population, 49 of the top 50 and 96 of the top 100 U.S. markets. The company, headquartered in Bedminster, NJ, is 40,000 employees strong. Reporters and editors can find more information about the company on the Web at http://www.verizonwireless.com.

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