Verizon Wireless Adds Cell Tower Near Bossier City, Louisiana

BOSSIER CITY, LA — As part of a continuing effort to provide the best wireless service in and around Bossier City, La., Verizon Wireless — the nation's leading provider of wireless communications — expanded its network with a new cell tower in the area during the second quarter of 2003.  Verizon Wireless has activated a total of 95 cell towers in the region since January.

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The new cell tower, which will enhance coverage in and around Bossier City, is located near Barksdale Air Force Base and provides coverage between the southern portion of the air base to southern parts of Bossier City.


 "The performance of our digital network is a key reason Verizon Wireless is the largest wireless service provider in the nation," said David McCarley, executive director of network for Verizon Wireless' Texas Region, which includes western Louisiana.  "The activation of a new tower in the Bossier City area demonstrates our commitment to providing the nation's highest-quality wireless network to customers in Louisiana." 


Verizon Wireless has invested more than $8 billion nationwide in network development during the past two years.  Network expansion in the Bossier City area is a result of Verizon Wireless' ongoing efforts to enhance its digital network — the largest in the United States — and improve its coverage and call reliability in Louisiana, said McCarley.


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