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Wireless Network Expansion Helps Economic Development, Public Safety

KLAMATH FALLS, Ore., March 20, 2009 – U.S. Cellular is expanding its presence in the Klamath Falls area to improve call quality for customers. A new 150-foot site situated atop Grizzly Peak, 15 miles west of Lakeview delivers new service to the city of Bly and increases U.S. Cellular's coverage on Highway 140 between Lakeview and Bly.

"This part of Oregon lacked quality wireless service. As a result, we identified the area as a priority," said Heather Owens, director of sales for U.S. Cellular in southern Oregon, "People everywhere depend on their cell phones to meet critical safety and business needs."

In 2008, U.S. Cellular received approximately $6 million in Universal Service Fund (USF) support in Oregon and used this funding to bring wireless service to 16 sites in rural cities and towns across the state.

In Oregon, as in other parts of rural America, first responders such as firefighters and police officers depend on wireless service to respond quickly to emergency situations. Nationwide, nearly 300,000 emergency 911 calls are placed via cell phones every day.

The new tower was built by U.S. Cellular with support from the federal Universal Service Fund, a critical resource for wireless expansion throughout rural America. 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 8,700 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. 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