Verizon Wireless Expands Digital Service in Westmoreland, Cambria And Somerset Counties, Pennsylvania

PITTSBURGH, PA — Verizon Wireless, the nation's leading wireless service provider, today announced improvements at dozens of cell sites in Pennsylvania during the final quarter of 2003 and January 2004, improving coverage and capacity along some of the state's busiest roadways as well as in rural areas.

A new cell site in Jeannette, Pa. will improve Verizon Wireless service and coverage there and in Adamsburg, as well as along routes 30 and 66. Improvements at the Windber cell site, near the Cambria/Somerset County line, and at the Laurel Summit cell site, near the Somerset/Westmoreland County line, will enhance service in those areas and along the Pennsylvania Turnpike. Upgrades were also completed at the Clover Hill, downtown Johnstown and Geistown sites. These will result in improved Verizon Wireless service and coverage along routes 56, 271, 756 and 403.

"Verizon Wireless is committed to providing our customers with the best network," said Roger Tang, president — Ohio/Pennsylvania Region, Verizon Wireless. "We understand our customers expect that when they press 'send' on their wireless phones, their calls will go through, sound clear and stay connected for the duration of their conversation. That's why, across the state in 2003, we spent nearly $187 million on our network in Pennsylvania. In 2004, our network remains our top priority."

Verizon Wireless has invested more than $12 billion over the past three years in its national network, offering customers access to the most extensive and reliable wireless voice and data network in the United States.

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