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Verizon Wireless Boosts Coverage In The Los Alamos, New Mexico, Area To Help Emergency Crews Battling The Las Conchas Fire Make More Calls

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June 28, 2011

Jenny Weaver
Jenny.Weaver@VerizonWireless.com
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What/when:  

On June 29, 2011, Verizon Wireless deployed a wireless repeater to boost coverage for emergency crews battling the Las Conchas Fire near Los Alamos, NM.  Last week, on June 23, the company also deployed a wireless repeater to the Incident Command Post for the Pacheco Fire near Santa Fe.

Reliability:     

In addition to its fleet of mobile equipment, Verizon Wireless’ reputation as the nation’s largest and most reliable 3G wireless network is supported by industry-leading redundancy and maintenance measures.  This has proven particularly valuable during natural disasters and other emergencies across the country.  Standard Verizon Wireless network-reliability features include battery back-up power at all facilities as well as generators installed at all switching facilities and many cell site locations.

Network investment:

Since 2000, Verizon Wireless has invested more than $375 million in its wireless network in New Mexico and El Paso, Texas, and more than $65 billion nationally.

Emergency preparedness:

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