Verizon Wireless Expands Digital Coverage in Eugene Area

Verizon Wireless Expands Digital Coverage in Eugene Area

Expansion is Part of $35.5 Million Investment in Oregon

September 11, 2001



In a continuing effort to provide the best wireless service for local residents, Verizon Wireless, the nation's largest wireless provider, has announced the expansion of its digital network in the Eugene area.

"These new cell sites will provide area customers with greater wireless network coverage and increased clarity when making wireless calls in the region," said Gregg Clausius, Pacific Northwest Area Executive Director-Network for Verizon Wireless.

The existing analog cell sites that were converted to digital extend digital coverage to the following areas: west of Noti and covering Highway 126 from approximately Veneta west to milepost 31; northeast of Lowell and covering Highway 58 from Pleasant Hill to milepost 20 at the east end of Lookout Point Lake, and east of Lowell and covering Highway 126 east to milepost 32 and west to approximately Walterville.

The digital conversion is part of the company's $35.5 million investment in Oregon this year to improve its nationwide wireless network.

About Verizon Wireless

Verizon Wireless is the largest wireless communications provider in the U.S. with more than 28 million wireless voice and data customers. The coast-to-coast wireless provider was formed by the combination of the U.S. wireless businesses of Verizon Communications (NYSE:VZ) and Vodafone (NYSE and LSE: VOD), including Bell Atlantic Mobile, AirTouch Cellular, GTE Wireless and PrimeCo Personal Communications. Verizon Wireless has a footprint covering more than 90 percent of the U.S. population, 49 of the top 50 and 97 of the top 100 U.S. markets. The company, headquartered in Bedminster, NJ, is 40,000 employees strong. Reporters and editors can find more information about the company on the Web at http://www.verizonwireless.com.