News Release

Preakness Fillies Welcome Verizon Wireless COW and COLT to Pimlico in Maryland

Cell on Wheels and Cell on Light Truck Set to Handle Five-Times Normal Call Volume

May 14, 2008

John Johnson
240-568-1429Sherri Cunningham

LAUREL, MD — Verizon Wireless has placed a Cell on Wheels (COW) and a Cell on Light Truck (COLT) at Pimlico to boost wireless coverage for this weekend's running of the 133rd Preakness Stakes.

During last year's Preakness, the Verizon Wireless network handled nearly 1 million calls — five times the normal volume — in and around Pimlico on race day. The network also carried more than 100,000 text and picture messages as well as e-mails from customers at the track as they stayed in touch with other race fans.

Verizon Wireless' mobile cell sites are on constant standby to provide additional wireless network capacity and coverage in emergencies and at highly attended scheduled events.

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