Verizon Wireless Expands Wireless Broadband Network To Include Port Arthur and Orange, Texas

HOUSTON, TX — Verizon Wireless announced today it has expanded its wireless broadband network to cover Port Arthur and Orange, Texas, allowing area customers to utilize the latest high-speed business and entertainment services on their wireless phones, laptop computers and other wireless devices.

The expansion — which entailed installing high-tech wireless hardware and software in wireless transmission sites throughout the area — extends the Verizon Wireless BroadbandAccess network from Beaumont to cover the adjoining cities of Port Arthur and Orange. Hardware and software upgrades are complete, the system has been tested, and area residents now may enjoy wireless broadband service on the nation's most reliable network.

Verizon Wireless launched wireless broadband coverage in the Beaumont area in June 2005. The expansion of the wireless broadband network into Port Arthur and Orange brings a variety of new broadband-enabled products and services to businesses and consumers in the area. This expansion into the Port Arthur and Orange area is part of an ongoing network investment by Verizon Wireless that has totaled more than $30 billion nationally over the past six years.

"The Port Arthur and Orange area is an important, fast-growing market with dynamic, tech-savvy businesses and consumers," said Katherine Greene, Verizon Wireless region president. "The expansion of our broadband network here will provide access to the very latest wireless technology and services such as BroadbandAccess and V CAST Music and video."

BroadbandAccess allows customers to connect wirelessly to the Internet, download e-mail and applications, and log into their corporate servers via their laptop at broadband speeds. The technology provides mobile workers full access, productivity and security, just as if they were at their desks and attached via a high-speed wired connection, but with the freedom of true mobility.

This wireless broadband experience is made possible by the Verizon Wireless Evolution-Data Optimized (EV-DO) technology, with typical connection speeds of 400-700 kilobits per second (kbps).

For a limited time, Verizon Wireless customers with a new or existing voice plan can receive unlimited BroadbandAccess service for $59.99 monthly access for Internet browsing, e-mail and intranet access. A new two-year customer agreement is required. For non-voice customers, BroadbandAccess is available for $79.99 monthly access with a new one- or two-year customer agreement.

The Verizon Wireless V CAST service gives customers access to short video content, downloadable music and cutting-edge 3D games on their mobile phone. With V CAST, customers can get short video content on-demand, including current news, weather, sports and entertainment programming. And music lovers with a V CAST Music-enabled phone are able to download and play their favorite songs — all while on-the-go.

In addition to allowing advanced applications such as BroadbandAccess and V CAST, the network upgrade in Port Arthur and Orange will further strengthen the Verizon Wireless network in the event of emergencies. The network stood up well to the extraordinary storm season of 2005 while other communication networks often suffered substantial disruptions.

"We've seen here in the Texas Gulf Coast that a strong, reliable wireless network plays a priceless role in public safety in large-scale emergencies and every day," Greene said. "Verizon Wireless will continue to heavily invest here to serve residents, businesses and visitors locally and across the Gulf Coast."

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