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Verizon Wireless Customers Are Covered During Tornado Season In Indiana

Company Completes Installation of Backup Generators at Cell Sites

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March 15, 2009

Michelle Gilbert
Michelle.Gilbert@VerizonWireless.com
248-915-3680Kyle Niederpruem
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INDIANAPOLIS, IN — Verizon Wireless recently completed the installation of permanent backup generators at every cell site possible in Indiana, ensuring its customers can continue to communicate during power outages, tornados, flooding and other natural disasters.

The backup generators, which cost about $35,000 each, enable Verizon Wireless’ network to remain operational in times of emergency when power goes out. With the completion of this project, nearly 100 percent of the company’s cell sites across Indiana are equipped with permanent backup generators.

Verizon Wireless’ network team members will deploy portable generators in an emergency to the few cell sites that do not have permanent backup generators due to environmental or location reasons, so that these remain operational as well.

“Network reliability is the No. 1 reason that customers choose and stay with Verizon Wireless,” said Greg Haller, president–Indiana/Kentucky/Michigan Region, Verizon Wireless. “We build redundancy into our network so that our customers can depend on us every time they pick up their wireless device—particularly in times of emergency.”

Verizon Wireless has invested more than $50 billion since it was formed—$5.5 billion on average every year—to increase the coverage and capacity of its national network and to add new services. In 2008, the company invested more than $106.5 million in its Indiana network.

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