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Demand Climbs For Wireless Voice, Multimedia And Internet Access In Salem, Oregon

Verizon Wireless Adds Three New 3G Cell Sites in the Salem Area to Stay Ahead of Growth

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November 11, 2008

Scott Charlston
Verizon Wireless

BEAVERTON, OR — Wireless users in more Oregon locations are now experiencing expanded voice and data coverage thanks to the addition of three new cell sites from Verizon Wireless.

New sites improve 3G coverage and call capacity for customers in and around:

  • Falls City — Highway 223, Monmouth Highway and Falls City Highway
  • Monmouth — along highway 99 between Monmouth and Corvallis
  • Aumsville — along Highway 22, Mill Creek Road and a portion of SR 214

The recent expansion adds to Verizon Wireless' $106 million dollar investment in Oregon last year.

Nationwide the company has invested more than $48 billion since it was formed — $5.5 billion on average every year — to increase the coverage and capacity of its national wireless network and to add services like BroadbandAccess, V CAST, VZ Navigator(SM) and many more. The company now has the nation's largest 3G network.

"Our network expansion in Oregon is just another example of how we invest our resources to stay ahead of demand and to make sure that our customers enjoy a superior wireless experience," said Kelley Kurtzman, regional president of Verizon Wireless.

"This consistent investment is a key reason Verizon Wireless has ranked first in customer loyalty in the industry in each of the last 16 quarters.*"

In the third quarter of 2008, the company delivered more than 80 billion text messages and nearly 1.5 billion picture/video messages. Customers also completed 43 million music and video downloads. Verizon Wireless is the most widely used brand of service in wireless. The company now serves more than 70.8 million customers nationwide.

Other examples of company leadership include being first to offer nationwide unlimited calling plans and the only provider to offer a 30-day network Test Drive pledge that pays for calls if a customer isn't satisfied and switches to another carrier.

Verizon Wireless' reputation as the nation's most reliable 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.

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

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