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Verizon Wireless Offers Media-Only Preview Of Mobile Cell Site For Rapid Disaster Response In Nevada


WHO: Verizon Wireless' director of Network Operations for Nevada, Marcus Stevenson

WHAT: A demonstration of a self-contained $500,000 Cell on Light Truck (COLT) ready for rapid disaster response in Clark County

WHEN: 9-10 a.m., Wednesday, August 17, 2005

WHERE: Verizon Wireless Las Vegas Sales Office840 Grier Dr., Las Vegas

WHY: Verizon Wireless is positioned to respond rapidly to maintain service in the event cell sites or other key communications equipment are damaged or disabled by a community disaster. In 2004, Verizon Wireless invested $30 million to further expand and enhance its wireless voice and data network in Nevada, and safeguard network reliability. 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. 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 most reliable nationwide wireless network in the United States.

VISUALS: The 25,000 lb. Cell on Light Truck (COLT) features one retractable mast, 60 ft. tall, mounting both cellular and microwave antennas and an emergency power generator.

About Verizon WirelessVerizon Wireless owns and operates the nation's most reliable wireless network, serving 47.4 million voice and data customers. Headquartered in Bedminster, NJ, Verizon Wireless is a joint venture of Verizon Communications (NYSE: VZ) and Vodafone (NYSE and LSE: VOD). Find more information on the Web at To preview and request broadcast-quality video footage and high-resolution stills of Verizon Wireless operations, log on to the Verizon Wireless Multimedia Library at