News Release

Three New Cell Towers Activated in Lufkin, Texas

Verizon Wireless Invests $194 Million in Texas Network

January 29, 2004

Jimmy Duvall
Jimmy.Duvall@VerizonWireless.com
817-258-1980Jannie Luong
jluong@golinharris.com  
972-308-9128

LUFKIN, TX — To enhance network quality and wireless coverage across Texas, Verizon Wireless, the nation's largest wireless service provider, activated three new cell towers in the Lufkin area in the fourth quarter of 2003. The new towers will provide customers with improved wireless coverage and capacity, faster data transfer rates, and fewer dropped calls when using a Verizon Wireless handset or data device.

In 2003, the company invested $194 million and activated a total of 217 new towers in Texas, providing customers with access to the most extensive wireless voice and data network in the United States. Over the past three years, Verizon Wireless has invested $12 billion nationwide in network improvements.

"We've seen strong wireless growth in Lufkin, and the activation of these new cell towers in the area reflects our dedication to anticipating the demands on our wireless network and providing the highest overall quality of service to our customers," said David McCarley, executive director of network for Verizon Wireless' Texas region.

The following cell towers were added to enhance coverage in and around Lufkin:

  • Located on Highway 69, a new cell tower site south of Huntington, expands coverage north on Highway 69 from Zavalla and establishes a new Highway 69 coverage corridor.
  • Located at the intersection of F.M. 326 and F.M. 1475, five miles east of Lufkin, a new tower enhances coverage from Huntington towards Lufkin.
  • A new cell tower south of Zavalla expands coverage on Highway 69 to Rockland.

"We continue to make significant investments in our network because our customers tell us that network quality is the number one reason they choose Verizon Wireless," said McCarley. "Superior network quality is even more important now that customers can switch wireless service providers and take their number with them."

About Verizon Wireless
Verizon Wireless is the nation's leading provider of wireless communications. The company has the largest nationwide wireless voice and data network and 37.5 million customers. Headquartered in Bedminster, NJ, Verizon Wireless is a joint venture of Verizon Communications (NYSE:VZ) and Vodafone (NYSE and LSE: VOD). Find more information on the Web at www.verizonwireless.com.  To receive broadcast-quality video footage of Verizon Wireless operations, log onto www.thenewsmarket.com.

####