News Release

Verizon Wireless Expands Digital Service in Northern Colorado

Expansion Part of Company's $40 Million Statewide Investment

October 17, 2001

Debra Havins
debra.havins@verizonwireless.com
303-694-8560

DENVER, CO — Verizon Wireless, the nation's largest wireless provider, has expanded its digital network in Greeley, Ft. Collins and Estes Park, Colorado. Digital service delivers numerous benefits, including superior voice quality, longer battery life and enhanced privacy.

"These new cell sites provide area customers with greater digital coverage and increased clarity when making wireless calls," said Marni Walden, Mountain Region President for Verizon Wireless.

In Greeley, the sites expand digital coverage in several areas: downtown in the area of 10th Street and 35th Avenue; north on Interstate 25 to mile marker 252, east to Weld County Road 13, south to Interstate 25 mile marker 245 and west to Weld County Road 7; and north to 19th Street, east to Weld County Road 43, south to 31st Street and west to 11th Avenue.

Verizon Wireless has also expanded its digital service near Campion to include areas north to Via Real, east to Weld County Road, south to Highway 56 and west to Larimer County Road 17.

In Estes Park, digital coverage extends north on Dry Gulch Road to Little Beaver Drive, east on U S Highway 34 to Mall Road, south on Highway 7 to Peak View Drive, and west on U S Highway 34 to Valley Road.

In 2001, the company will invest $40 million in Colorado and $4 billion nationwide to improve its wireless network.

About Verizon Wireless

Verizon Wireless is the largest wireless communications provider in the U.S. with more than 28.7 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 97 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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