Verizon Wireless Expands Digital Service in Laurel, Montana

BILLINGS, MT — In a continuing effort to provide the best wireless service for Montana residents, Verizon Wireless, the nation's leading wireless provider, has expanded its digital, high-speed network in Montana by adding a new cell site near the town of Laurel, a few miles west of Billings. The site includes Verizon Wireless' standard network redundancy features to ensure superior reliability.

The site provides greater coverage and increased call capacity for residents and travelers traveling along I-90, south to Rockvale and north to Buffalo Trail Road. The site also enhanced in-building coverage in Laurel.

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

In 2003, Verizon Wireless invested more than $20 million to further expand and enhance its wireless voice and data network in Montana, 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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