Guests At The New MGM Grand At Foxwoods In Connecticut To Benefit From Verizon Wireless Network Expansion

MASHANTUCKET, CT — In a continuing effort to provide the best wireless service for its customers, Verizon Wireless has activated a new cell site. The new site increases wireless voice and data coverage and capacity in the recently opened MGM Grand at Foxwoods® in Mashantucket, Connecticut.

Verizon Wireless has invested more than $45 billion since it was formed to increase the coverage and capacity of its national network and to add new services like BroadbandAccess and V CAST. Regionally the company has invested nearly $2.2 billion into its New England network, including over $292 million in 2007 alone. As a result of these investments, every Verizon Wireless cell site in New England offers wireless broadband connectivity.

BroadbandAccess offers computer users the nation's most reliable high-speed wireless mobile broadband network, operating at average upload speeds between 500 and 800 kilobits per second, and download speeds between 600 kbps and 1.4 megabits per second over Verizon Wireless' BroadbandAccess with EV-DO Revision A network. V CAST brings video clips of TV shows, music on demand and other multimedia services to wireless phones.

Strong demand for Verizon Wireless services continued during the first quarter of 2008 as the company added 1.5 million net new customers and, for the fourteenth consecutive quarter, reported the lowest customer turnover (highest customer loyalty) rate in the wireless industry.

The company's "nation's most reliable wireless network" reputation is based on network studies performed by real-life test men and test women throughout the country. Nationally, these test men and women drive 90 specially equipped vehicles nearly 1 million miles annually on Interstate, U.S. and state highways as well as major roads and surface streets in high-population areas, based upon U.S. Census counts, to confirm that voice calls and data connections are successful on the first attempt and stay connected. Vehicles are equipped with computers that automatically make more than 3 million voice call attempts and more than 16 million data tests annually on Verizon Wireless' network and the networks of other carriers.

About Verizon WirelessVerizon Wireless operates the nation's most reliable wireless voice and data network, serving 67.2 million customers. Headquartered in Basking Ridge, N.J., with 69,000 employees nationwide, Verizon Wireless is a joint venture of Verizon Communications (NYSE: VZ) and Vodafone (NYSE and LSE: VOD). For more information, go to: 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

About MGM Grand at FoxwoodsMGM Grand at Foxwoods, which opened in May 2008, features 825 luxurious guest rooms and suites, 115,000 square feet of meeting space, a 4,000-seat MGM Grand Theater, 21,000-square-foot G Spa by Gretta Monahan, restaurants by some of the nation's most celebrated chefs including Tom Colicchio's Craftsteak, Michael Schlow's Alta Strada and Alan Rosen's Junior's Restaurant. In addition, the property features Shrine, a vibrant nightclub, high-end retail and a state-of-the-art casino. Adding another distinctive gaming and entertainment destination to the Northeast, the new MGM Grand at Foxwoods is evocative of the Las Vegas landmark: Grand in every sense; classically elegant and refreshingly one-of-a-kind. The must-see resort casino enjoys the same amenities as neighboring Foxwoods Resort Casino, including access to Lake of Isles™, featuring two, 18-hole championship golf courses designed by Rees Jones and a Golf Academy. The property is easily accessible from Boston, New York, Hartford and Providence. For more information, call 1-866-MGM-0050 or visit