High-Speed Digital Wireless Service in Polk County, Florida "Strong As An Oak"

TAMPA, FL — To provide the best wireless service for residents, businesses and visitors in "The City of Oaks," Verizon Wireless has expanded its digital network here by constructing a new advanced digital transmission site on Tee Avenue Road, just east of U.S. Highway 17 in Bartow.

The new site processes both voice calls and wireless data traffic — especially for the area county office buildings and residences, as well as for vehicles traveling along U.S. Highway 17, U.S. Highway 98, and Highway 60 — and represents the company's continuing investment and growth in Florida. Verizon Wireless has spent more than $300 million in the state during the past 18 months alone to further expand and enhance its all-digital network.

This aggressive network investment — now totaling more than $1 billion in Florida and in excess of $30 billion nationally during the past six years — ensures that Verizon Wireless will continue to stay ahead of growing demand for wireless voice and data services like Picture Messaging and Internet access throughout the state. Additionally, these improvements fortify the Verizon Wireless network to ensure operations during circumstances such as the hurricane seasons of 2004 and 2005.

The Verizon Wireless network in Florida withstood the impact of eight hurricanes in 2004 and 2005 while other communication networks were often adversely affected. In Florida, more than 80 percent of all Verizon Wireless sites have their own back-up generator — in addition to battery power — to keep the network running even when the power supply is interrupted.

"This new site in Bartow can help improve public safety in many emergency situations," said Mike Lanman, Florida region president for Verizon Wireless. "But every day it also allows us to meet the growing needs of consumers here calling family and friends, sending Picture Messages, checking emails and so much more."

About Verizon Wireless Verizon Wireless owns and operates the nation's most reliable wireless network, serving 53 million voice and data customers. Headquartered in Basking Ridge, 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 www.verizonwireless.com. 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 www.verizonwireless.com/multimedia.