Verizon Wireless Expands Digital Service In Rensselaer County Area

Verizon Wireless Expands Digital Service
In Rensselaer County Area

August 9, 2001




Verizon Wireless has expanded its digital wireless service in Rensselaer County with the addition of a new cell site in the Schodack Center area. The new site will provide improved digital wireless coverage along the New York State Thruway between exits 21A and B1, and along Route 9.

According to Gene Fassett, executive director of network for Verizon Wireless' Upstate New York Region, the site will provide the wireless carrier's Rensselaer County-area subscribers and travelers with improved wireless coverage when making cellular calls across the region.

The new site is part of the $4 billion investment program this year to improve and extend the reach of the Verizon Wireless nationwide network. More than $100 million of that investment is being used to stay ahead of the growing demand for Verizon Wireless products and services in the Upstate New York region.

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.