Verizon Wireless Says Auction Delay Is A Good Start

Verizon Wireless Says Auction Delay Is A Good Start

August 1, 2000


Jeffrey Nelson,
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BEDMINSTER, NJ - Denny Strigl, president and CEO of Verizon Wireless, the nation's largest wireless telecommunications service provider, said the decision by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to delay the 700 MHz spectrum auction offers a little breathing room for companies potentially interested in acquiring spectrum. Strigl testified on this issue before the House Telecommunications Subcommittee on July 19, 2000. Following is his statement.

    "We support the FCC's decision to delay the 700 MHz auction, and hope the Commission will use this time to develop a strategy for making the spectrum more usable. The problems we have seen in this process can hopefully be avoided in the future by adopting a long-term, comprehensive spectrum management policy."

About Verizon Wireless

Verizon Wireless is the largest wireless communications provider in the U.S. with more than 25 million wireless voice and data customers and nearly 4 million paging customers. The new coast-to-coast wireless provider was formed by the combination of the U.S. wireless businesses of Bell Atlantic Corp. and GTE Corp -- now Verizon Communications (NYSE: VZ) and Vodafone Plc (LSE: VOD; NYSE). The new company includes the assets of Bell Atlantic Mobile, AirTouch Cellular, GTE Wireless, PrimeCo Personal Communications and AirTouch Paging. The new company has a footprint covering nearly 90 percent of the U.S. population, 49 of the top 50 and 96 of the top 100 U.S. markets.

Verizon Wireless, headquartered in New York City and Bedminster, NJ, is 30,000 employees strong. Reporters and editors can find more information about the company in its Media Center on the Web at: http://www.verizonwireless.com/mediacenter.