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Wireless Phone Users At Parkland College In Illinois Experience Clearer Reception, Fewer Dropped Calls

Verizon Wireless Increases Network Capacity on Campus

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March 17, 2010

Carolyn Schamberger
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847-619-4282Rebecca Eckhart
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CHAMPAIGN, IL — Students, faculty and staff on the campus of Parkland College in Champaign, Ill., and visitors to the college, will benefit from a new cell site that Verizon Wireless has activated near campus.

The new system expands network coverage and increases capacity throughout the entire campus and improves signal penetration into area buildings. In addition, coverage is expanded in northwest Champaign from U.S. Highway 150 in the north to Bradley Avenue in the south, and from Duncan Road in the west to Mattis Avenue in the east.

“This new cell site was built to ensure that our customers in and around the Parkland College campus can continue relying on their phones for everything from making calls and sending messages to surfing the Internet and getting e-mail,” said T.J. Fox, president Illinois/Wisconsin Region, Verizon Wireless. “The most advanced device is only as good as the network it runs on. That’s why we aggressively invest in our Illinois network to increase coverage and capacity for our customers and to continue to raise the bar in network reliability.”

Verizon Wireless has invested more than $55 billion since it was formed $5.5 billion on average every year to increase the coverage and capacity of its premier nationwide network and to add new services. Since 2000, Verizon Wireless has invested $1.2 billion on improvements to its wireless network in Illinois.

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