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Verizon Wireless Activates Wireless Broadband Network In Jefferson City, Missouri
Jun 17, 2008 (12:06 PM EDT)


JEFFERSON CITY, Mo., June 17 /PRNewswire/ -- Verizon Wireless, the leading wireless company with the most reliable voice and data network, announced today that it has expanded the national rollout of its high-speed wireless network to Jefferson City, Mo., and areas surrounding Highway 50 and Highway 54. A similar network improvement was activated in Holts Summit and Fulton earlier this year. The introduction of enhanced services will improve the capabilities and speed of the Verizon Wireless network throughout the mid-Missouri area along the Highway 54 corridor to Lake of the Ozarks and the Highway 63 corridor to Columbia, Mo.

"Jefferson City and the areas along Highway 50 and Highway 54 represent a vital market area with dynamic, tech-savvy residents -- including many business people and travelers -- who want to stay connected," said Lou Sigillo, president -- Kansas/Missouri region, Verizon Wireless. "The launch of our broadband network here provides our customers with access to the very latest wireless technology."

With the wireless broadband network now available in a key central Missouri business and tourism market, Verizon Wireless customers in the area will now enjoy two prime services:

-- BroadbandAccess, the enhanced high-speed wireless service that equips Verizon Wireless' business customers with a truly untethered mobile office experience, enabling them to wirelessly access their calendars, the Internet, e-mail, and critical business information residing behind their companies' firewalls; and -- V CAST, a consumer-oriented multimedia service that gives customers access to the most comprehensive selection of downloadable music, high-quality videos and the coolest 3D games found anywhere.

BroadbandAccess

Based on Evolution-Data Optimized (EV-DO) Revision A (Rev. A) network technology, BroadbandAccess provides mobile workers with the ability to access their corporate information as if they were attached to this data via a high-speed wired connection but with the freedom of true mobility. Developed with a range of users in mind, the service enables large enterprises, small- to medium-sized businesses and mobile professionals to conduct business anytime, anywhere in the BroadbandAccess coverage area via a secure, true high-speed data connection.

With BroadbandAccess, business customers, residents and visitors to these Missouri communities can expect average download speeds of 600 kilobits per second (kbps) to 1.4 megabits per second and average upload speeds of 500-800 kbps. That means they can download a 1 Megabyte e-mail attachment -- the equivalent of a small PowerPoint(R) presentation or a large PDF file -- in about eight seconds and upload the same-sized file in less than 13 seconds. Customers who travel outside the enhanced BroadbandAccess coverage area with an EV-DO device will switch seamlessly to the company's NationalAccess service.

"Our enhanced BroadbandAccess service gives our customers three key advantages in wireless communication -- speed, mobility and security," Sigillo said. "With these advantages comes an increase in productivity and bottom-line business benefits."

BroadbandAccess is available for $39.99 monthly access for 50 MB of data usage or $59.99 monthly access for 5 GB of data usage with a new one- or two- year agreement. BroadbandAccess service is also available as an integrated option on select notebook and laptop computers.

V CAST: Video and Music

The company's wireless broadband network also enables its V CAST multimedia services, which offer customers the ability to download full-song tracks, play cutting-edge 3D games and stream video clips straight to their handsets with top transmission speeds. With content updated daily, customers can watch dozens of on demand videos, including breaking news, weather updates, sports highlights, and the hottest entertainment clips.

With V CAST Music, Verizon Wireless has built a massive full-song mobile music store that contains more than 3 million songs -- from well-known as well as independent artists -- that customers can download over-the-air, directly onto their V CAST Music-enabled wireless phones.

V CAST subscription plans include top-quality video clips from channels streamed to handsets, ESPN MVP showcasing sports clips on demand, live gamecasts, and real-time fantasy team tracking and Mobile Web browsing capabilities, for $15 a month, with the first month free.

Investment

The multi-million dollar expansion includes the installation of high-tech wireless hardware and software in wireless transmission sites throughout the area. Verizon Wireless has invested more than $45 billion since it was formed -- $5.5 billion on average every year -- to increase the coverage and capacity of its national network and to add new services. More than $134 million of this investment was spent in the Kansas/Missouri region during 2007. This expenditure included the recent build-out of the Verizon Wireless network in southwest Missouri and along the Highway 54 corridor from Columbia to the Lake of the Ozarks.

Verizon Wireless was the first national wireless provider to commercially launch a high-speed wireless broadband network in the United States. These communities in Missouri are the latest market to be added to the coverage. For more information about Verizon Wireless products and services, call 1-800-2 JOIN IN or go to www.verizonwireless.com .

About Verizon Wireless

Verizon Wireless operates the nation's most reliable wireless voice and data network, serving 67.2 million customers. Headquartered in Basking Ridge, N.J., with 69,000 employees nationwide, Verizon Wireless is a joint venture of Verizon Communications www.verizonwireless.com www.verizonwireless.com/multimedia and Vodafone . For more information, go to: . 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 .

CONTACT: Cheryl Bini Armbrecht, Cheryl.Bini@verizonwireless.com, or BrendaHill, , both of Verizon Wireless,+1-314-920-4444; Mark Farnen for Verizon Wireless, +1-573-443-4231,

Web site: http://www.verizonwireless.com/ http://www.verizonwireless.com/multimedia/