News Release

Network Weathers Floods, Storm-Related Activity Continues In Oregon

Verizon Wireless dispatches a Cell on Wheels (COW) to aid coverage in hard hit areas

December 5, 2007

Georgia Taylor

VERNONIA, OR — What/Why:
High flood waters and whipping winds ravaged the Washington and Oregon coasts, but had minimal impact on Verizon Wireless' network, thanks to backup batteries and generators. The hardest hit areas are now fully restored. The company is in the process of deploying a Cell on Wheels (COW) mobile cell site to Vernonia, Oregon to provide wireless network coverage to area residents and emergency responders.

Vernonia, Oregon

Crews are on site to activate the COW

In addition to the fleet of mobile equipment, Verizon Wireless' nationwide network reliability is supported by industry-leading redundancy and maintenance measures. 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.

The company's ongoing Oregon network investment now totals more than $359 million over the past five and a half years — part of its $40 billion nationwide network investment over the last seven years.

About Verizon Wireless
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