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Innovations In Healthcare, Education, Sustainability And More Fueled By Verizon Wireless' $54 Million Network Investment In Utah In 2012

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SALT LAKE CITY, UT — In 2012, technology solutions made possible by the strength of the Verizon Wireless network helped millions more Americans access preventative healthcare and made one of the largest recyclers in the nation more efficient.  School buses outfitted with wireless connections helped students continue learning outside of the school walls and arrive home safely.  Businesses kept the lights on and systems running thanks to reliable wireless emergency-backup options.  And professional sports teams transformed their on-field and on-court operations using connected tablets. 

“We believe technology makes people stronger.  And Verizon has networks, technology and people to help deliver powerful solutions for consumers and businesses,” said Chris Lewter, regional president for Verizon Wireless.  “Our continuing investment in our network helps customers innovate every day.”

Verizon Wireless invested more than $54 million during 2012 in Utah to provide new wireless services; expanding network coverage and capacity for customers across the state.  Verizon Wireless’ network investment in the Beehive State now totals more than $527 million since 2000.  Nationally, Verizon Wireless has invested more than $80 billion since it was formed to increase the coverage and capacity of its premier nationwide networks and to add new services.

As part of its 2012 network investment, Verizon Wireless expanded its 4G LTE network to more markets in Utah.  Coverage now extends along the Wasatch Front including the Salt Lake City-Ogden metro area, Provo-Orem, Logan, Cedar City and popular ski destinations including Park City.

Already the largest commercial 4G LTE network in the world, the Verizon Wireless 4G LTE network is now available in 476 markets.  By the end of 2013, the Verizon 4G LTE footprint will completely cover the area served today by its 3G network.

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About Verizon WirelessVerizon Wireless operates the nation’s largest 4G LTE network and largest, most reliable 3G network. The company serves 98.2 million retail customers, including 92.5 million retail postpaid customers.  Headquartered in Basking Ridge, N.J., with more than 73,000 employees nationwide, Verizon Wireless is a joint venture of Verizon Communications (NYSE, NASDAQ: VZ) and Vodafone (LSE, NASDAQ: 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