News Release

Verizon Wireless Supports Firefighters And Emergency Crews Battling Fires In Halfway, Oregon

Cell On Wheels deployed to Foster Gulch wildland fire in Halfway, Oregon to provide additional wireless coverage and capacity

August 7, 2006

Georgia Taylor
Georgia.Taylor@VerizonWireless.com
425-603-2894

HALFWAY, OR — WHO:
Verizon Wireless, owner and operator of the nation's most reliable wireless network

WHERE:
Verizon Wireless' mobile cell site was activated at the Foster Gulch command center to support firefighters and other emergency responders and will remain operational as needed.

MOBILE CELL SITE FLEET:
Verizon Wireless owns, maintains and deploys a fleet of Cells on Light Trucks (COLTS) and Cells on Wheels (COWS) that can be mobilized quickly to provide wireless coverage and capacity in the event of a natural disaster or other unplanned emergency affecting voice and data service.

NETWORK RELIABILITY:
In addition to its fleet of mobile equipment, Verizon Wireless' nationwide network reliability is supported by industry-leading redundancy and maintenance measures, which have proven particularly valuable during natural disasters and other emergencies. Standard Verizon Wireless network reliability features include battery back-up power at all facilities as well as generators installed at all switching facilities and many cell site locations.

NETWORK INVESTMENT:
In Oregon, Verizon Wireless invested more than $185 million in network enhancements over the past four years.

B-ROLL AVAILABLE:
B-Roll and high-quality still photographs of Verizon Wireless' mobile cell sites used for disaster response can be found at www.verizonwireless.com/multimedia.  

CONTACT:
Georgia Taylor
Verizon Wireless
206.940.0385
Georgia.Taylor@VerizonWireless.com  

About Verizon Wireless
Verizon Wireless owns and operates the nation's most reliable wireless network, serving 54.8 million voice and data customers. Headquartered in Basking Ridge, 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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