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Verizon Wireless donated 3,200 cell phones and more to domestic violence survivors in KY in 2010


Kentuckians DONATE MORE THAN 3,200 PHONES IN 2010 TO VERIZON wireless’ hopeline program

Verizon Wireless and HopeLine Donate 1 Million Minutes of Service and $17,000 in Cash Grants to Help Survivors of Domestic Violence in Kentucky

Louisville, kY – Last year, Kentuckians donated more than 3,200 no-longer-used wireless phones to Verizon Wireless’ HopeLine® program, helping to support and put resources into the hands of those affected by domestic violence in Kentucky.

HopeLine from Verizon puts the nation’s most reliable wireless network to work in the community by collecting no-longer-used wireless phones, batteries and accessories in any condition, from any wireless service provider.  Verizon Wireless and the HopeLine program provide wireless phones and airtime to victims of domestic violence and cash grants to local shelters and non-profit organizations that focus on domestic violence prevention, awareness and advocacy.   Phones that cannot be refurbished are recycled in an environmentally sound way under a zero-landfill policy.

“We are grateful to those Kentuckians who donated their no-longer-used phones to HopeLine in 2010,” said John Granby, president–Kentucky/Indiana/Michigan Region for Verizon Wireless. “Your actions are making a difference in the community and helping to support the families of Kentucky affected by domestic violence.  Thank you.”

Support for Kentucky

The generosity of consumers and businesses who donated in Kentucky enabled Verizon Wireless to award $17,000 in cash grants to local domestic violence agencies.  These agencies included Bethany House Abuse Shelter, Inc. in Somerset, The Center for Women and Families in Louisville and Chrysalis House, Inc. in Lexington.

Verizon Wireless’ National Commitment

Throughout 2010, HopeLine collected more than 1.1 million phones and awarded more than $2.1 million in grants to nearly 450 domestic violence prevention and awareness programs.   Moreover, through HopeLine, Verizon Wireless provided 25,392 phones with a total of 75 million free minutes of service to shelters and agencies nationwide for use by clients, including more than 1 million minutes to organizations in Kentucky.

Since 2001, HopeLine has collected more than 8 million phones; awarded more than $10 million in cash grants to prevention and awareness programs nationwide; and donated more than 106,000 HopeLine phones with 319 million minutes of airtime to victims, survivors and domestic violence organizations.

For more information on HopeLine from Verizon and to learn how to donate a wireless phone, visit www.verizonwireless.com/hopeline.

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Verizon Invests Nearly $38mil in 2010 to Enhance Kentucky’s Network


LOUISVILLE, Ky.—Verizon Wireless announced today it invested nearly $38 million in 2010 to enhance its network in Kentucky. The enhancements included building 14 new cell sites and upgrading equipment on more than 200 existing cell sites to increase coverage and capacity of the company’s voice and 3G high-speed wireless network.

“While our company is focused on building out our 4G network nationwide over the next few years, we remain committed to improving our 3G network that millions of customers rely on every day—here in Kentucky and across the United States,” said John Granby, president–Kentucky/Indiana/Michigan Region, Verizon Wireless. “Customers may use their wireless devices in different ways, but they all have one need in common—a reliable network. Regardless of how Kentuckians rely on their wireless devices, whether it’s ensuring they can keep in touch with loved ones during an ice storm or they can share their experience at the Kentucky Derby via their favorite social networking site, we will stay ahead of our customers’ increasing demands for fast and secure wireless data services.”

Since the company was formed in 2000, Verizon Wireless has invested nearly $345 million on improvements to its network in Kentucky, including the following upgrades made in 2010:

  • Fourteen new cell sites were activated statewide to improve network coverage and capacity, enabling more customers to use their phones for social networking, Internet browsing, downloading apps and music, exchanging email and text, picture and video messages, watching high-quality videos and making calls.
  • Performance-based equipment was installed at more than 200 cell sites across Kentucky; thereby boosting capacity of the company’s advanced 3G high-speed wireless network as well as improving its speed and performance.
  • Permanent backup generators were installed at 16 Kentucky cell sites to ensure network functionality during times of crisis.
  • Temporary cell sites were deployed at various high-profile events to beef up network capacity, so that more customers can concurrently use their wireless devices. The temporary cell sites are fully functional, generator-powered mobile cell sites that enhance wireless capacity in a given area and work especially well at events with large crowds, including Thunder Over Louisville, Kentucky Derby, Breeders Cup  (all in Louisville), Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games (in Lexington) and IndyCar Race at Kentucky Speedway (in Sparta).

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