News Release

More 'Freedom' For Madison County, Florida

Verizon Wireless Expands High-Speed Digital Network

June 11, 2006

Chuck Hamby
Chuck.Hamby@VerizonWireless.com
813-615-4803

TALLAHASSEE, FL — Residents, visitors and businesses in Madison County — known as "Home of the Four Freedoms" — now can enjoy greater wireless freedom as Verizon Wireless has expanded its digital voice and data network in the region. The company recently constructed a new advanced digital cell site near the intersection of Brookwood Avenue and State Road 10.

The new site processes both voice calls and wireless data traffic, and represents Verizon Wireless' continuing investment and growth in Florida. Verizon Wireless has spent more than $300 million in the state during the past 18 months alone to further expand and enhance its all-digital network. A large portion of these efforts and investments were focused in fast-growing North Florida and the Panhandle.

This aggressive network investment — now totaling more than $1 billion in Florida and $30 billion nationally during the past six years — ensures that Verizon Wireless will continue to stay ahead of growing demand for wireless voice and data services like Picture Messaging and Internet access throughout the state. Additionally, these improvements fortify Verizon's network to ensure operations during circumstances such as the hurricane seasons of 2004 and 2005.

The Verizon Wireless network in Florida withstood the impact of eight hurricanes in 2004 and 2005 while other communication networks were often adversely affected. In Florida, nearly 80 percent of all Verizon Wireless sites have their own back-up generator — in addition to battery power — to keep the network running even when the power supply is interrupted.

"This new site in Madison County can help improve public safety in many emergency situations," said Mike Lanman, Florida region president for Verizon Wireless. "But every day it also allows us to meet the growing needs of businesses and consumers calling co-workers and friends, sending Picture Messages, checking emails and so much more."

Test Man Ride-Along Program
The specially equipped Verizon Wireless test vehicles simultaneously test seven wireless providers, using a computerized program to generate phonically diverse "conversations" and data transmissions. Members of the media who are interested in setting up an interview or ride-along with a local member of the Verizon Wireless team of real-life test men and women, please contact Chuck Hamby at 813-615-4803 or via email at chuck.hamby@verizonwireless.com.

About Verizon Wireless
Verizon Wireless owns and operates the nation's most reliable wireless network, serving 53 million voice and data customers. Headquartered in Basking Ridge, 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 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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