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MEDFORD, Ore., June 5, 2009 – U.S. Cellular recently completed construction of three cell sites in the Rogue Valley to improve call quality for its customers. The sites complement U.S. Cellular's statewide network of more than 225 towers.

The first site on Fish Hatchery Road in Grants Pass provides new coverage along the road and increases U.S. Cellular's coverage and network capacity along Highway 199, Jerome Prairie Road and Lower River Road. The second site, located in Shady Cove, north of Medford off Highway 62, provides increased capacity and improved in-building coverage in Shady Cove. The third site south of Medford provides increased coverage and network capacity along Pioneer and Griffin Creek Roads to the west of Phoenix.

"Your cell phone is your lifeline to the people who are most important to you," said Heather Owens, director of sales for U.S. Cellular in Oregon. "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