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Wireless Network Expansion Helps Economic Development, Public Safety

ENGELHARD, N.C., April 7, 2009 – U.S. Cellular recently completed construction of an additional cell site near Engelhard to improve call quality for its customers in Hyde County. This site will increase U.S. Cellular's coverage and network capacity in the Engelhard area. This site also provides in building coverage in the area. This new site complements U.S. Cellular's statewide network of more than 460 towers.

"Your cell phone is your lifeline to the people who are most important to you," said Marcel Bekers, director of sales for U.S. Cellular in eastern North Carolina. "We're here to keep you connected."

U.S. Cellular has a team of network engineers who drive all over the coverage area to test signal strength and call quality. The company also listens to customer feedback to determine the best locations for new cell sites.

U.S. Cellular has led the effort to preserve federal support for rural wireless development through Connecting Rural America (, a grassroots coalition of concerned citizens, community leaders and elected officials working for equality in wireless telecommunications. Its goal is to provide rural communities with the same access to technology as their urban counterparts.

The 9,000 associates of U.S. Cellular believe a wireless phone enhances people's lives and a wireless company should be in the business of bringing people together. U.S. Cellular has a wide range of monthly plans, including those with unlimited nationwide calling, unlimited free incoming calls and options to prepay. The company has a growing catalog of phones like the BlackBerry® Pearl and Curve, and the touch-screen Samsung Delve, which offer e-mail and Web access. Based in Chicago, U.S. Cellular is the nation's fifth-largest full-service wireless carrier, serving 6.2 million customers across the country. To learn more about the company visit one of its retail stores or