Verizon Wireless Expands Digital Service in Suffolk County, New York

ORANGEBURG, NY — In a continuing effort to provide the best wireless service for local residents, Verizon Wireless, the nation's largest wireless provider, has expanded its digital network in Suffolk County with two new cell sites in Brightwaters and Terryville. The Brightwaters site improves wireless service on Robert Moses Causeway and Sunrise Highway. The Terryville site enhances coverage on Old Town Road, Jayne Street, Route 347 and on Terryville Road.

The new cell sites are part of the company's aggressive multi-billion dollar network investment each year to stay ahead of the growing demand for Verizon Wireless voice and data services. During the second quarter, the company added 1.3 million net new customers nationwide and expects to add a total of four million customers in 2003. Investing in its high quality digital voice and data network is part of the company's commitment to offer customers the most reliable service available on the nation's largest wireless network. The company's 'most reliable network claim' is based on network studies performed by real-life test men and test women who inspired the company's national advertising campaign. They conduct more than 300,000 call attempts monthly on Verizon Wireless' and other national wireless carriers' networks while traveling over 100,000 miles nationwide in specially equipped company-owned quality test vehicles. "We continue to improve and expand the Verizon Wireless network to offer consumers and local businesses the most reliable wireless calling and data applications, like our new picture messaging service, two-way text messaging, downloadable games and ringtones and high-speed Express Network® service," said Charles Hand, president of Verizon Wireless' New York Metro Region.

Verizon Wireless has invested more than $8 billion over the last two years in its nationwide network, offering customers access to the most extensive wireless voice and data network in the United States.

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