Kentuckians To Receive Increased Reliability in Wireless Phone Service During Emergencies

LOUISVILLE, KY — With an eye on potential power outages, unpredictable spring weather and other unforeseen emergencies, Verizon Wireless will install 32 backup generators at new and existing cell sites throughout Kentucky in 2004 to ensure network functionality during times of crisis.

"We're investing $1.3 million to give customers peace of mind that their wireless phones will work during emergencies," said Greg Haller, president — Kentucky/Michigan/Indiana Region, Verizon Wireless. "Having permanent, rather than portable generators, at our cell sites is a key part of our strategy to provide greater network reliability across the state." This investment is a direct extension of Verizon Wireless' commitment to provide the best nationwide network.

"We want our customers to know they can depend on their phones not only in times of normalcy, but also in times of emergency," Haller said.

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