News Release

Verizon Wireless Expands Wireless Broadband Network Across More Of Traverse City And Petoskey, Michigan

High-Speed Network Gives Customers Access to Fast Wireless Internet, E-mail, Mobile Music and Videos in More Places

December 16, 2007

Michelle Gilbert
Michelle.Gilbert@VerizonWireless.com
248-915-3680Alan Upchurch
aupchurch@marxlayne.com
248-855-6777

TRAVERSE CITY, MI — Verizon Wireless announced today that it has expanded the national rollout of its high-speed wireless network across the rest of its Traverse City and Petoskey coverage area.

As a result of the expansion, the following cities, towns and points of interest-in addition to the Grand Traverse Bay area-are now equipped with Verizon Wireless' high-speed wireless network: Alanson, Alden, Bay Shore, Bay View, Benzonia, Beulah, Boon, Brutus, Cadillac, Carp Lake, Charlevoix, Conway, Copemish, Eastlake, Eastport, Elberta, Elk Rapids, Filer City, Frankfort, Honor, Interlochen, Kalkaska, Kewadin, Kingsley, Lake Ann, Le Roy, Leelanau Shores, Levering, Mackinaw City, Mancelona, Manistee, Manton, Mayfield, Mesick, Oden, Omena, Pellston, Petoskey, Rapid City, Reed City, Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, South Boardman, Stronach, Suttons Bay, Thompsonville, Tustin and Torch Lake.

The expansion also provides continuous coverage along U.S. Route 131 from Mancelona south to Kalamazoo. Additionally, it includes the following major roads:

  • U.S. Route 31 between Charlevoix and Mackinaw City and U.S. Route 31 just north of Bear Lake to Torch Lake
  • Michigan Road 115 from Cadillac to Benzonia

"This is a vital market with dynamic, tech-savvy business people and consumers who want to stay connected," said Greg Haller, president—Michigan/Indiana/Kentucky Region, Verizon Wireless. "The expansion of our broadband network across the rest of our Traverse City and Petoskey coverage area provides our customers with access to the very latest wireless technology in more places."

Verizon Wireless customers in this area can enjoy two prime services:

  • BroadbandAccess, the enhanced high-speed wireless service that equips Verizon Wireless' business customers with a truly untethered mobile office experience, enabling them to wirelessly access their calendars, the Internet, email and critical business information residing behind their companies' firewalls; and
  • V CAST, a consumer-oriented multimedia service that gives customers access to the most comprehensive selection of downloadable music, high-quality videos and the coolest 3D games found anywhere.

BroadbandAccess
Based on Evolution-Data Optimized Revision A (EV-DO Rev. A) network technology, BroadbandAccess provides mobile workers with the ability to access their corporate information as if they were attached to this data via a high-speed wired connection but with the freedom of true mobility. Developed with a range of users in mind, the service enables large enterprises, small to medium-sized businesses and mobile professionals to conduct business anytime, anywhere in the BroadbandAccess coverage area via a secure, true high-speed data connection.

With BroadbandAccess, business customers, residents and visitors can expect average download speeds of 600 kilobits per second (kbps) to 1.4 megabits per second and average upload speeds of 500 kbps to 800 kbps. That means they can download a 1 megabyte email attachment-the equivalent of a small PowerPoint® presentation or a large PDF file-in about eight seconds and upload the same-sized file in less than 13 seconds.

BroadbandAccess also enables Verizon Wireless customers to download files approximately 10 times faster than customers of wireless service providers that use different broadly deployed network technologies. Furthermore, customers who travel outside the enhanced BroadbandAccess coverage area with an EV-DO device will switch seamlessly to the company's NationalAccess service.

"Our enhanced BroadbandAccess service gives our customers three key advantages in wireless communication-speed, mobility and security," Haller said. "With these advantages comes an increase in productivity and bottom-line business benefits."

V CAST: Video and Music
The company's wireless broadband network also enables its V CAST multimedia services, which offer customers the ability to download full-song tracks, play cutting-edge 3D games and stream video clips straight to the handset with top transmission speeds. With content updated daily, customers can watch dozens of on-demand videos, including breaking news, weather updates, sports highlights and the hottest entertainment clips.

With V CAST Music, Verizon Wireless has built a massive full-song mobile music store that contains more than 2.5 million songs-from well-known as well as independent artists-that customers can download over-the-air, directly onto their V CAST Music-enabled wireless phones.

Investment
The multi-million dollar expansion includes the installation of high-tech wireless hardware and software in wireless transmission sites throughout the area. Verizon Wireless has invested more than $40 billion since it was formed-more than $5 billion on average every year-to increase the coverage and capacity of its national network and to add new services. More than $1 billion of this investment was spent in Michigan.

Verizon Wireless was the first national wireless provider to commercially launch a high-speed wireless broadband network in the United States, which is available to more than 210 million people across the country. In Michigan, Verizon Wireless' broadband network is also available across much of west Michigan, including Big Rapids, Battle Creek, Grand Rapids, Holland, Kalamazoo and Muskegon; southeastern Michigan; the greater Flint area; Lansing; Jackson; Mount Pleasant; Port Huron; Clare; and mid-Michigan, including Saginaw, Bay City and Midland. Verizon Wireless' broadband network was first introduced in Michigan in July 2005 in southeastern Michigan.

For more information about Verizon Wireless products and services, call 1-800-2 JOIN IN or go to www.verizonwireless.com.  

About Verizon Wireless
Verizon Wireless operates the nation's most reliable wireless voice and data network, serving 63.7 million customers. The largest U.S. wireless company and largest wireless data provider, based on revenues, Verizon Wireless is headquartered in Basking Ridge, N.J., with 68,000 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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