News Release

Verizon Wireless Strengthens Local Network in Ashley and Leonardsville Pennsylvania

December 5, 2000

Laura Merritt
Laura.Merritt@VerizonWireless.com
614-560-2605DeAnna Halewski
For Verizon Wireless
DHalewski@sacunas-stoessel.com  
717-652-0100 x21

WILKES-BARRE, PA — Verizon Wireless has upgraded its Ashley and Leonardsville cell sites, enabling more area customers to use their wireless phones concurrently to make calls, send and receive TXT and Picture Messages, and download games and ring tones while enjoying clearer reception and fewer dropped calls.

The improvements enhance network coverage and calling capacity in the Ashley area around the lower Cross Valley Expressway, San Souis Road and Blackman Street. The upgrades to the Leonardsville cell site improve service along Interstate 80 between White Haven and Blakeslee and the Pennsylvania Turnpike around Interchange 95.

"This past year in Pennsylvania, call volume on our network increased by more than 40 percent," said Roger Tang, president—Ohio/Pennsylvania Region, Verizon Wireless. "These network enhancements reflect our ongoing commitment to meet the growing needs of our customers and to provide them with the reliable, high quality service they expect from Verizon Wireless."

Since its inception in 2000, the company has consistently spent more than $4 billion annually-and more than $5 billion last year-to expand and improve its network nationwide. During the first three quarters of 2005, Verizon Wireless has invested approximately $200 million in Pennsylvania to maintain and enhance its network for customers.

About Verizon Wireless
Verizon Wireless owns and operates the nation's most reliable wireless network, serving 49.3 million voice and data customers. Headquartered in Bedminster, N.J., 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 preview and request broadcast-quality video footage and high-resolution stills of Verizon Wireless operations, log on to the Verizon Wireless Multimedia Library at www.verizonwireless.com/multimedia.

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