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Nation's Largest And Most Reliable Wireless Network Ready For 2010 Hurricane Season

Verizon Wireless Invested More Than $1 Billion in States Prone to Devastating Storms

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April 29, 2010

In Florida:
Chuck Hamby  

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Gretchen LeJeune  

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Audrey Lundy  

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Karen Schulz  

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Caran Smith  

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Tom Pica  

BASKING RIDGE, NJ — With the start of hurricane season just one month away, Verizon Wireless announced today that it invested more than $1 billion over the past 18 months to expand and enhance its wireless network in Gulf Coast and Eastern Seaboard states historically prone to severe hurricanes.

To ensure customers have comprehensive, reliable coverage every day as well as in the event of severe weather, Verizon Wireless has updated and optimized technology at many regional network switching facilities. In Florida, the company operates five super switches, each with the capacity to handle tens of millions of voice calls and wireless data transmissions each day. Designed to withstand Category 5 hurricanes, these facilities feature fully redundant back-up power generation and serve as emergency operation centers in the event of a hurricane or other crisis in the Sunshine State. (Learn more at A video tour of one of Verizon Wireless' Florida super switches is available on the company's YouTube channel at  

The company's commitment to its network and advance preparations have proven critical in many previous storms. Most recently in March, when a Nor'easter pounded the Northeast causing serious flooding, numerous downed trees and widespread power outages, the Verizon Wireless network remained strong. To learn more, visit  

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Verizon Wireless operates the nation's most reliable and largest wireless voice and 3G data network, serving nearly 93 million customers. Headquartered in Basking Ridge, N.J., with 81,000 employees nationwide, Verizon Wireless is a joint venture of Verizon Communications (NYSE, NASDAQ: VZ) and Vodafone (LSE, NASDAQ: VOD). For more information, visit To preview and request broadcast-quality video footage and high-resolution stills of Verizon Wireless operations, log on to the Verizon Wireless Multimedia Library at