News Release

Skiers Can Make More Calls in Colorado's High Country

Verizon Wireless adds new cell sites in Aspen, Loveland, Purgatory, Steamboat Springs and Vail

October 17, 2006

Bob Kelley

Denver, CO — Just in time for ski season, wireless customers in Colorado will enjoy improved wireless coverage in several highly traveled ski areas thanks to new Verizon Wireless cell sites. The network enhancements will benefit users in:

  • Aspen - west end of town and Aspen Highlands
  • Loveland - between Monroe Avenue and 33rd Street; and northeast Loveland
  • Purgatory - along Highway 550 north of Durango and south of Silverton; and the Purgatory Ski Resort
  • Steamboat Springs - near Highway 40 and High Point Drive
  • Vail - mountain ski resort and surrounding facilities

"Verizon Wireless leads in customer loyalty* for a very good reason — customers know they can count on our network reliability," said Jeff Mango, regional president of Verizon Wireless. "We've invested more than $423 million in our wireless network in Colorado over the past four years to stay ahead of the growth in demand for our products and services."

The company invested $30 billion in the last six years — $5 billion on average every year since the company was formed — to increase the coverage and capacity of its national network and to add new services.

The company's "most reliable network" claim is based on network studies performed by the real-life test men and test women throughout the country who inspire Verizon Wireless' national advertising. These engineers conduct more than 750,000 voice call attempts and 1.4 million data tests quarterly on Verizon Wireless' and other national carriers' networks while traveling over 225,000 miles quarterly in specially equipped, company-owned test vehicles.

* Loyalty claims based upon publicly available churn (customer turnover) figures.

NOTE TO EDITORS: If you are interested in setting up an interview or ride-along test drive with your local Verizon Wireless test man or woman, please contact Bob Kelley at 303-694-8990 or

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