News Release

Verizon Wireless Strengthens Local Network in Tyrone, Pennsylvania

Enhancements at Tyrone Cell Site Increase Network Coverage and Capacity

March 13, 2006

Laura Merritt
Laura.Merritt@VerizonWireless.com
614-560-2605Patricia Quolke
pquolke@adelphia.net  
412-563-0367

TYRONE, PA — Verizon Wireless has upgraded its Tyrone cell site, enabling more customers in the area 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.

This improvement enhances network capacity and coverage in Tyrone as well as along Interstate 99 and U.S. Route 220 between the towns of Bald Eagle and Bellwood.

"During 2005, call volume on our network in Pennsylvania increased by more than 40 percent," said Roger Tang, president—Ohio/Pennsylvania Region, Verizon Wireless. "This network enhancement reflects 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."

Verizon Wireless has invested $30 billion-on average $5 billion every year-since the company was formed six years ago to increase the coverage and capacity of its national network and to add new capabilities. In 2005, Verizon Wireless invested $240 million in Pennsylvania.

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