Verizon Wireless Expands Digital Coverage in Lake Tahoe

Verizon Wireless Expands Digital Coverage in Lake Tahoe

Expansion is Part of more than $290 Million Network Investment in Northern California/Nevada Region

October 1, 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 and around the Lake Tahoe area.

"These new cell sites will provide Lake Tahoe area customers with greater wireless network coverage and increased clarity when making wireless calls in the region," said Chris Neisinger, Executive Director of Network for Northern California/Nevada Region.

The four existing analog sites that were converted to digital extend digital coverage to the following areas: Tahoe Blvd east and west from Crystal Bay to Highway 267; Incline Village, Mount Rose Highway and the north side of Lake Tahoe; Highway 50 from Nevada state line, east to Kingsbury Grade Road; the areas of Tahoe City, Lake Forest, Cedar Flat, Carnelian Bay, Lake Tahoe and Highway 28 south to Highway 89 and Highway 28 north to Highway 267.

The digital conversion is part of the company's approximately $290 million investment in the Northern California/Nevada Region 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.