Verizon Wireless Opens Second Switching Office In Farmingdale, New York

ORANGEBURG, NY — Verizon Wireless, owner and operator of the nation's most reliable wireless network, has activated a new switch in Farmingdale, New York, to handle the growing demand for wireless voice and data services on Long Island. The new switch, the second in the Farmingdale facility, serves wireless customers who live in and travel throughout Nassau and Suffolk counties.

Like all Verizon Wireless switching offices, the facility is equipped with a back-up generator that keeps the call routing hub in operation in the event of a power failure or other service interruption.

"This switch is another significant investment to better serve our customers," said Charles Hand, president of Verizon Wireless' New York Metro area. "Ongoing investment in the network through new switches, cell sites and wireless data technology ensures that we will continue to provide the high quality, reliable service customers expect today and in the future."

The company has invested $2 billion to enhance its New York Metro area network and more than $30 billion across the nation in the past six years to stay ahead of customer demand for services, like two-way TXT Messaging, Picture Messaging and V CAST which brings TV, music and other multimedia services to wireless phones over the company's high speed broadband wireless network.

Verizon Wireless was the first national wireless provider to commercially launch a high-speed wireless broadband network in the United States. BroadbandAccess provides customers with high-speed Internet access, access to corporate intranets and traditional e-mail functionality via laptop computers and personal digital assistants.

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