News Release

Video Available: How Two Technicians Braved Colorado Mountain Storm

Keeping Verizon Wireless Network Operating When Customers Need It Most

May 1, 2007

Bob Kelley
Robert.Kelley@VerizonWireless.com
303-694-8990

Tom Pica
Thomas.Pica@VerizonWireless.com
908-559-7516

BASKING RIDGE, NJ — WHO:
Verizon Wireless, the leading wireless company with the most reliable voice and data network

WHAT:
Broadcast-quality video that tells the story of how Verizon Wireless' network team braved a Colorado snowstorm in a snowcat to refuel the emergency generator at a mountaintop cell site to ensure customers in the area could use their wireless service when they need it most. Video also includes first-hand accounts of the event from Verizon Wireless network technicians, an Xcel Energy company spokesman, customers and a public safety official.

WHERE:
The video can be found at www.verizonwireless.com/multimedia  

WHEN:
Available immediately

BACKGROUND:
The Verizon Wireless network is built for reliability in emergencies, with battery back-up power at all facilities and for additional reliability, generators installed at all switching facilities, and many cell site locations.

This winter, a major snowstorm hit Colorado, causing tough travel conditions and knocking out electricity. Because wireless phones are essential for customers and emergency responders during times of emergency, Verizon Wireless' network team traveled to a company cell site located on the mountain to make sure that there was enough fuel to keep the cell site operating through the storm. While in the mountains, the network team discovered the reason electricity was cut off and helped the utility company get up the mountain to fix the problem, restoring power to Verizon Wireless' cell site, as well as the cell sites of competitors.

About Verizon Wireless
Verizon Wireless operates the nation's most reliable wireless voice and data network, serving 60.7 million customers. The largest US wireless company and largest wireless data provider, based on revenues, Verizon Wireless is headquartered in Basking Ridge, N.J., with 66,000 employees nationwide. The company 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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