News Release

Verizon Wireless Upgrades Pueblo Network

Expanded Network Brings Digital Service to Walsenberg and Colorado City

June 18, 2001

Debra Havins

PUEBLO, CO — In its continuing effort to provide the best wireless service for local residents, Verizon Wireless, the nation's largest wireless provider, today announced that it has expanded its digital network to include Walsenberg and Colorado City. This upgrade improves Verizon Wireless' coverage and enhances call quality for customers using their wireless phones along Interstate 25 south of Pueblo through Walsenberg and into Colorado City and the town of Rye. The availability of digital service offers customers a long list of benefits, including superior voice quality, longer battery life due to the lower amount of power required by digital phones and the ability to use advanced wireless services such as Internet access and text messaging.

"The ultimate factor in the quality of wireless service - and the customer's satisfaction - is the network that carries the call, and the recent enhancement to the Pueblo network is another example of Verizon Wireless' commitment to delivering superior network quality in all of our markets," said Marni Walden, regional president for Verizon Wireless. "We invested more than $40 million in our wireless network in Colorado last year, and plan to more than double that investment in 2001."

Verizon Wireless' local network has experienced significant growth in call volume over the last several months. The enhanced network is designed to meet the current needs of local wireless users and enable increased use. This upgrade, along with others planned throughout the state, is part of Verizon Wireless' planned $4 billion investment in 2001 to enhance its nationwide wireless network.

About Verizon Wireless

Verizon Wireless is the largest wireless communications provider in the U.S. with more than 27 million wireless voice and data customers. The coast-to-coast wireless provider was formed by the combination of the U.S. wireless businesses of Verizon Communications (NYSE:VZ) and Vodafone (NYSE and LSE: VOD), including Bell Atlantic Mobile, AirTouch Cellular, GTE Wireless and PrimeCo Personal Communications. Verizon Wireless has a footprint covering more than 90 percent of the U.S. population, 49 of the top 50 and 96 of the top 100 U.S. markets. The company, headquartered in Bedminster, NJ, is 40,000 employees strong. Reporters and editors can find more information about the company on the Web at