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Wireless Service Improves In Benton, Kentucky

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BENTON, KY — The activation of a new Verizon Wireless cell site in Benton means more customers can use their wireless phones to make calls, send and receive e-mail and TXT, Picture and Video Messages, and download games and ring tones while enjoying clearer reception and fewer dropped calls.

The new cell site improves coverage in Benton; on the Purchase Parkway in western Marshall County; along U.S. Route 641 between Dexter and Benton; and along State Road 348 between Symsonia and Benton.

"This upgrade means more customers can keep in touch with friends and family while on the go, check email when away from the office and share pictures instantly-all on the nation's most reliable wireless network," said Greg Haller, president—Kentucky/Indiana/Michigan Region, Verizon Wireless.

The new Benton cell site is part of Verizon Wireless' continuous effort to increase coverage and augment the quality of its wireless voice and data network in Kentucky and across the country. Verizon Wireless has invested $30 billion in the last six years-$5 billion on average every year since the company was formed-to increase the coverage and capacity of its national network and to add new services. The company has invested more than $156 million over the past six years in its Kentucky network.

About Verizon WirelessVerizon Wireless owns and operates the nation's most reliable wireless network, serving 54.8 million voice and data customers. Headquartered in Basking Ridge, N.J., 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