Governor Cuomo Announces Verizon Wireless Activates Permanent 4G LTE Cell Site In Margaretville

Governor Cuomo Announces Verizon Wireless Activates Permanent 4G LTE Cell Site
                               In Margaretville

Replaces Mobile Cell Site in Place since Hurricane Irene Recovery

PR Newswire

MARGARETVILLE, N.Y., March 6, 2013

MARGARETVILLE, N.Y., March 6, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Governor Andrew M. Cuomo
and Verizon Wireless today announced the activation of a new cell site in the
Village of Margaretville, bringing permanent Verizon Wireless service to the
area for the first time. The new site will provide wireless voice and 4G LTE
data service to residents, businesses, first responders and visitors in
Margaretville and the surrounding area. It replaces a cell-on-light-truck, or
COLT, that had been in place since the aftermath of Hurricane Irene in August
2011.

"This new Verizon Wireless cell site in Margaretville is welcome news for
local residents and businesses as they continue to rebuild after the
destruction caused by Hurricane Irene more than a year ago," Governor Cuomo
said. "Verizon Wireless is providing essential telecommunication services to
enhance the operations of businesses and lives of consumers in the community,
and I thank the company for their continual investment in Upstate New York."

"The COLT provided vital wireless connectivity in Margaretville in the days,
weeks and months following Irene, aiding in the recovery efforts and helping
local residents and businesses stay connected as they rebuilt their
community," said Chris Felix, president of the company's Upstate New York
Region. "This new site will ensure those same customers continue to have
access to the latest and most reliable wireless services, including our
best-in-class 4G LTE network."

The new Margaretville site will give local residents and businesses the
ability to use the latest wireless devices – including smartphones, tablets,
smart accessories, and machine-to-machine devices – to access the Internet;
manage their lives and businesses more efficiently; download photos, music and
apps; and explore social media and other entertainment options.

A new Verizon Wireless cell site was also activated last February in
Prattsville, another community that experienced heavy storm damage. Together,
the two sites represent a $1 million investment by Verizon Wireless to enhance
wireless service in these areas following the devastation of Hurricane Irene.

Both sites are part of more than $160 million Verizon Wireless invested in
network enhancements across Upstate New York in 2012. This is the 12^th
consecutive year the company has invested more than $100 million in the
region. The company's network investment in Upstate New York now totals more
than $1.6 billion since 2000. The company continues the rapid rollout of its
4G LTE network across Upstate New York and will have its entire nationwide
footprint covered by 4G LTE by the middle of the year.

Two years after its launch, the Verizon 4G LTE network is available to more
than 273 million people across the U.S. – close to 89 percent of the U.S.
population.

To learn more about the Verizon Wireless 4G LTE network, please visit
http://news.verizonwireless.com/news/2012/12/verizon-wireless-4G-LTE-two-year-anniversary.html.
For a full list of 4G LTE markets please visit www.verizonwireless.com/lte.

About Verizon Wireless
Verizon 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 www.verizonwireless.com. 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 www.verizonwireless.com/multimedia.

SOURCE Verizon Wireless

Website: http://www.verizonwireless.com
Contact: John O'Malley, +1-585.321.7264 or +1-585.261.5899,
john.omalley@verizonwireless.com, http://twitter.com/VZWjohno
 
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