ALBANY, NY — Verizon Wireless announced today that it has started construction on the first four of the planned 13 new cell sites that will close a more-than-50-mile coverage gap along Interstate 87 the Northway. The sites in North Hudson, Schroon Lake, Lewis and Warrensburg were approved by the Adirondack Park Agency this spring and are expected to be operational by year-end. Two additional sites in the Towns of Chesterfield and Lewis are currently before the APA for review. The remaining seven sites are in varying stages of development and will be submitted for review as soon as they are ready.
"The construction of these four new sites marks an important milestone in our efforts to bring wireless service to the Northway corridor," said Marquett Smith, president of Verizon Wireless' Upstate New York region. "Closing this coverage gap has been a priority for Verizon Wireless for many years. We're excited to get these three new sites online before winter."
The Northway project is being funded solely by Verizon Wireless. It's part of the more than $100 million the company plans to invest in its Upstate New York region network in 2008 the eighth consecutive year the company will invest more than $100 million in the region. This investment brings Verizon Wireless' total network investment in Upstate New York to more than $1 billion since 2000 significantly more than any other wireless company.
About Verizon WirelessVerizon Wireless operates the nation's most reliable wireless voice and data network, serving 68.7 million customers. Headquartered in Basking Ridge, N.J., with 70,000 employees nationwide, Verizon Wireless is a joint venture of Verizon Communications (NYSE: VZ) and Vodafone (NYSE and LSE: VOD). For more information, go to: www.verizonwireless.com. 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 www.verizonwireless.com/multimedia.####