Verizon Wireless Expands Digital Service in Skagit County, Washington

ROCKPORT, WA — In a continuing effort to provide the best wireless service for Washington state residents, Verizon Wireless has expanded its digital, high-speed network in Skagit County by adding a new cell site in Rockport. The Rockport site includes Verizon Wireless' standard network redundancy features to ensure superior reliability.

The new site in Skagit County provides improved wireless coverage and capacity in the town of Rockport, as well as along Highway 20 to the town of Marblemount, and south on Highway 530, and north along the Cascade Mountain range.

"This network expansion allows us to meet the growing need of Rockport's businesses and consumers for reliable voice calls and data applications," said Kelley Kurtzman, Verizon Wireless regional president

In 2003, Verizon Wireless invested more than $48 million to further expand and enhance its wireless voice and data network in Washington and safeguard network reliability. Each year, Verizon Wireless invests on average about a billion dollars every 90 days in its national network, constantly improving and expanding what already is the largest, most reliable nationwide wireless network in the United States.

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 of the most frequently traveled roadways nationwide in specially equipped, company-owned quality test vehicles.

Verizon Wireless' network reliability is also supported by industry-leading redundancy and maintenance measures, which have proven particularly valuable during natural disasters and other emergencies. Standard Verizon Wireless network reliability features include battery back-up power at all facilities as well as generators installed at all switching facilities and many cell site locations. The company also operates a fleet of mobile generators and temporary cell sites, or cells-on-wheels, ready for deployment.

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