Verizon Wireless Increases Network Capacity in Hoopeston, Ill.

Verizon Wireless Adds Cell Site to Stay Ahead of Customer Demand

Jun 10, 2010, 10:00 ET from Verizon Wireless

HOOPESTON, Ill., June 10 /PRNewswire/ -- Verizon Wireless has activated a new cell site in Hoopeston, Ill., that expands network capacity, enabling more customers in the area to use their wireless phones concurrently to make calls; send and receive email and text, picture and video messages; access the Internet; view high-quality videos; and download music, games and ringtones, while enjoying clearer reception and fewer dropped calls.

The new cell site, which is equipped with a permanent backup generator for times of emergency, improves voice and data network capacity from County Highway 21 in the north to E 3700 North Road in the south, and from N 880 East Road in the west to N 1900 East Road in the east.

"This cell site was built to ensure that our customers in and around Hoopeston can continue relying on their wireless phones for everything from making calls and sending messages to surfing the Internet and getting email," said T.J. Fox, president–Illinois/Wisconsin Region, Verizon Wireless. "The most advanced device is only as good as the network it runs on. That's why we aggressively invest in our Illinois network to increase coverage and capacity for our customers and to continue to raise the bar in network reliability."

Verizon Wireless has invested more than $59 billion since it was formed — $5.7 billion on average every year — to increase the coverage and capacity of its premier nationwide network and to add new services. Since 2000, Verizon Wireless has invested $1.3 billion on improvements to its wireless network in Illinois.

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Verizon Wireless operates the nation's most reliable and largest wireless voice and 3G data network, serving nearly 93 million customers. Headquartered in Basking Ridge, N.J., with 81,000 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.

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