Innovations In Healthcare, Education, Sustainability And More Fueled By Verizon Wireless' $134 Million Network Investment In Washington In 2012

BELLEVUE, WA — 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 Bobby Morrison Pacific Northwest Region president, Verizon Wireless.  “Our continuing investment in our network helps customers innovate every day.”

Verizon Wireless invested more than $134 million during 2012 in the state of Washington to provide new wireless services, expanding network coverage and capacity for customers across the state.  Verizon Wireless’ network investment in the Evergreen State now totals more than $1.4 billion 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 23 markets in Washington.  Coverage now extends through Aberdeen/Hoquiam/Ocean Shores, Bellingham, Mount Vernon, Marysville, Everett, Seattle, Tacoma, Bremerton/Silverdale, Gig Harbor, Puyallup, Olympia, Centralia, Longview/Kelso, Vancouver, Spokane, Cheney, Pullman, Tri-Cities, Walla Walla, Clarkston, Wenatchee, Moses Lake, Ellensburg and more. 

Already the largest commercial 4G LTE network in the world, the Verizon Wireless 4G LTE network is now available in 473 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