Verizon Wireless To Acquire PCS Licenses Serving Southern Oregon

Verizon Wireless To Acquire PCS Licenses Serving Southern Oregon

Company Signs Agreement with RCC, Minnesota For 10 MHz Licenses in Medford-Grants Pass, Roseburg, Bend and Klamath Falls Markets

June 5, 2001



Verizon Wireless today announced it has signed an agreement with RCC, Minnesota, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Rural Cellular Corporation (NASDAQ: RCCC) to acquire RCC Minnesota's Personal Communications Service (PCS) licenses covering the Southern Oregon Basic Trading Areas (BTAs) of Medford-Grants Pass, Roseburg, Bend and Klamath Falls. Financial terms were not disclosed.

The company said it would use the licenses to fill in its national wireless footprint to the north of its current California and Nevada network and to the south and west of its operations in Salem and Eugene, Oregon. The Medford-Grants Pass BTA includes the Oregon counties of Jackson and Josephine. The Roseburg BTA covers Douglas county. The Bend BTA includes the counties of Crook, Deschutes and Jefferson. The Klamath Falls BTA includes Modoc, Klamath and Lake Counties.

The total population (POPS) served by the licenses is about 576,000. Major north-south highways in the territory include Interstate 5. The new license areas, when built out with a wireless network, will become part of the Verizon Wireless West Area, headquartered in Irvine, Calif. The company expects to close the transaction in the third quarter of 2001 and launch service by April 2002. Rural Cellular Corporation, based in Alexandria, Minnesota, provides wireless communication services to Midwest, Northeast, South and Northwest markets located in 14 states. Daniels & Associates, a Denver-based media and telecommunications mergers and acquisitions specialist, represented Rural Cellular in the sale of its PCS licenses.

About Verizon Wireless

Verizon Wireless is the largest wireless communications provider in the U.S. with more than 27 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 96 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.