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Verizon Wireless Deploys A Second Mobile Cell Site To Help Wallow Fire Emergency Crews Make More Calls

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June 6, 2011

Jenny Weaver  

CHANDLER, AZ — What/when:
On June 7, 2011, Verizon Wireless deployed a Cell on Wheels (COW) to Nutrioso, Ariz. to provide wireless coverage and capacity for emergency crews battling the Wallow Fire. This is the second mobile cell site activated by the company in support of the wildfire relief effort.

In addition to its fleet of mobile equipment, Verizon Wireless’ reputation as the nation’s largest and most reliable 3G 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.

Network investment:
Since 2000, Verizon Wireless has invested more than $1 billion in its wireless network in Arizona, and more than $65 billion nationally.

Emergency preparedness:

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