Big Network On Campus: Verizon Wireless Invests In Voice And Data Service Around Colleges Nationwide

BASKING RIDGE, NJ — Bulldogs, Wolverines, Bisons, Hurricanes and all other American collegians are back on campus, and the Verizon Wireless network is there with them. In and around college campuses nationwide, Verizon Wireless has been working to improve call quality and network performance to help more students place voice calls; send e-mail and text, picture and video messages; access the Internet; view high-quality videos; and download music, games and ringtones.

Verizon Wireless engineers were hard at work throughout the spring and summer to expand capacity in the company’s regional switching facilities and build new digital cell sites with on-site back-up power to ensure the Verizon Wireless network was ready for the increase in calling and data activity on U.S. campuses. In some cases temporary Cells on Wheels were brought in, as needed, to provide additional capacity. Colleges and universities benefitting from Verizon Wireless’ network enhancements so far in ’09 include:

  • Antelope Valley College – Lancaster, Calif.
  • Arizona State University, Downtown Phoenix Campus – Phoenix
  • Auburn University – Auburn, Ala.
  • Baruch College – Manhattan, N.Y.
  • Bentley University – Waltham, Mass.
  • California Polytechnic State University – San Luis Obispo, Calif.
  • California State University – San Bernardino, Calif.
  • Cerritos College – Norwalk, Calif.
  • City College of NY – Manhattan, N.Y.
  • Colby College – Waterville, Maine
  • Cornell University – Ithaca, N.Y.
  • Fitchburg State College – Fitchburg, Mass.
  • Florida A&M University – Tallahassee, Fla.
  • Lake Forest College – Lake Forest, Ill.
  • Lipscomb University – Nashville, Tenn.
  • Niagara University – Buffalo, N.Y.
  • Northeastern University – Boston
  • Queensborough Community College – Bayside Queens, N.Y.
  • Sierra College – Grass Valley, Calif.
  • Southern New Hampshire University – Manchester, N.H.
  • Stanford University – Palo Alto, Calif.
  • SUNY Institute of Technology – Utica, N.Y.
  • Syracuse University – Syracuse, N.Y.
  • Texas A&M University – Bryan/College Station, Texas
  • The Masters College – Santa Clarita, Calif.
  • University of Alabama – Tuscaloosa, Ala.
  • University of California, Berkeley – Berkeley, Calif.
  • University of Florida – Gainesville, Fla.
  • University of Georgia – Athens, Ga.
  • University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth Campus – Dartmouth, Mass.
  • University of Massachusetts, Lowell Campus – Lowell, Mass.
  • University of Miami – Coral Gables, Fla.
  • University of Michigan – Ann Arbor, Mich.
  • University of Texas, Austin Campus – Austin, Texas
  • Whittier College – Whittier, Calif.
  • Worcester Polytechnic Institute – Worcester, Mass.

The recent network upgrades around college campuses are part of Verizon Wireless’ ongoing efforts to expand coverage, increase capacity, and enhance the quality of its wireless voice and data network. Verizon Wireless has invested more than $50 billion since it was formed in 2000 – $5.5 billion on average every year. In each of the last four years, Verizon Wireless invested $6.5 billion or more to expand and advance its network. For more information, visit

About Verizon Wireless Verizon Wireless operates the nation’s most reliable and largest wireless voice and data network, serving 87.7 million customers. Headquartered in Basking Ridge, N.J., with more than 87,000 employees nationwide, Verizon Wireless is a joint venture of Verizon Communications (NYSE: VZ) and Vodafone (NYSE and LSE: VOD). For more information, visit 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