News Release

Video B-Roll, Still Photo Images of Verizon Wireless Network Preparedness For Hurricane Season Now Available Online

With Predictions Today of Two to Five Major Hurricanes, the Nation's Most Reliable Wireless Network Stands Ready

May 21, 2008

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

WHO:

Verizon Wireless, builder and operator of the nation's most reliable wireless network

WHAT:

Broadcast-quality B-Roll and high-resolution stills showing:

  • Verizon Wireless' Tampa Bay switching facility, which is designed to withstand a Category 5 hurricane and will serve as the Florida region's emergency operations center in the event of a storm or other disaster
  • Verizon Wireless' ongoing preparations to ensure the year-round readiness and reliability of the company's wireless network, including:
    • Technicians inspecting cell sites
    • Employees monitoring the network
    • Emergency response vehicles ready to deploy to affected areas
    • Wireless switches in use at the Verizon Wireless Network Operations Center
  • Verizon Wireless' portable generators that can be deployed to provide emergency power and mobile cell sites that can be rolled out to provide additional wireless call capacity

WHERE:

The B-Roll and still images can be found at www.verizonwireless.com/multimedia

WHEN:

Available immediately

BACKGROUND:

Verizon Wireless prepares year-round for natural disasters and other emergencies so customers can rely on the company's network to keep them and their families, friends and employees connected — even when the unexpected strikes.

Verizon Wireless' emergency response capabilities have been tested and proven during many difficult situations including the wildfires of 2007 and 2008, recent tornadoes in the Midwest and South, flooding in the Northwest, and the extraordinary hurricane seasons of 2004 and 2005. The Verizon Wireless network in Florida withstood the impact of eight hurricanes in 2004 and 2005 and delivered top performance compared with other communication networks that were more adversely affected.

About Verizon Wireless
Verizon Wireless operates the nation's most reliable wireless voice and data network, serving 67.2 million customers. Headquartered in Basking Ridge, N.J., with 69,000 employees nationwide, Verizon Wireless is a joint venture of Verizon Communications (NYSE: VZ) and Vodafone (NYSE and LSE: VOD). For more information, go to: 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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