News Release

Verizon Wireless Expands Local Wireless Broadband Network

More Wireless Customers in Monroe County Can Now Access the Internet at Broadband Speeds and Download Music, Videos and Games to Their Phones

June 24, 2008

Sheldon Jones
Sheldon.Jones@VerizonWireless.com
215-638-5668 (office)
215-219-8890 (mobile)Brett Marcy
717-231-5340

STROUDSBURG, PA — Verizon Wireless announced today it has expanded BroadbandAccess, its wireless broadband service, in Monroe County, giving local customers access to the latest high-speed business and entertainment services on their wireless phones, laptop and desktop computers, and PDAs.

Customers living in or visiting the Stroudsburg, East Stroudsburg, Brodheadsville, Blakeslee, Tobyhanna, East Stroudsburg University, Tannersville, Mount Pocono, and Pocono Summit areas can now access their e-mail, corporate data, the Internet, and more at broadband speeds — in their homes or on the road. They can also view and download video clips on their phones, download music onto their handsets over-the-air, play 3D games, and send large data files at faster speeds as the company continues to expand the next generation of its high-speed wireless broadband network across Northeastern Pennsylvania.

The company has added CDMA 1x Evolution-Data Optimized (EV-DO) Revision A (Rev. A) technology to several cell sites in the above areas. The company also announced today that it has added EV-DO Rev. A technology to 30 sites throughout Central and Northeastern Pennsylvania, including Monroe County, this year to date.

"Verizon Wireless is focused on providing the best customer experience, and a major part of that commitment is making sure we continue to have the best, most reliable network," said Christine Baron, president of Verizon Wireless' Philadelphia Tri-State region. "Instead of merely offering wireless broadband service in metropolitan areas or near major airports, we're committed to giving our customers the ability to access the Internet, corporate data and premium entertainment content at broadband speeds throughout the Poconos region and across much of Northeastern Pennsylvania."

Verizon Wireless' EV-DO network was launched in the Stroudsburg area in May 2008. Verizon Wireless' broadband network is now active in and around most major cities throughout Central and Northeastern Pennsylvania, including Stroudsburg, Scranton, Wilkes-Barre, Williamsport, Harrisburg, Lancaster, and York. These areas are all now Rev. A capable, meaning customers can enjoy even faster speeds than before when both downloading and sending large files on the company's broadband data network.

BroadbandAccess provides average download speeds of 600 kilobits per second (kbps) to 1.4 megabits per second and average upload speeds of 500-800 kbps, translating to being able to download a 1 Megabyte e-mail 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.

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

The company's high-speed network also enables its V CAST multimedia services, offering customers the ability to download full-song tracks from a library of over 3 million tunes, play cutting-edge 3D games and stream video clips straight to their handsets with top transmission speeds. With content updated daily, customers can watch dozens of on demand videos, including breaking news, weather, sports highlights, and the hottest entertainment clips.

Verizon Wireless has invested more than $45 billion since it was formed to increase the coverage and capacity of its national network and to add new services like BroadbandAccess and V CAST. The company spent more than $235 million in 2007 to enhance services and coverage in the Philadelphia Tri-State region, which includes Central and Northeastern Pennsylvania, bringing the total network investment to more than $1.5 billion since 2000.

BroadbandAccess is available for $39.99 monthly access for 50 MB of data usage or $59.99 monthly access for 5 GB of data usage with a new one- or two-year agreement. BroadbandAccess service also is available as an integrated option on select notebook and laptop computers.

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

Editor's Note: Media representatives interested in setting up an interview or ride-along test drive with your local Verizon Wireless test man or woman can call Brett Marcy at (717) 231-5340.

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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