U.S. CELLULAR EXPANDS NETWORK NEAR CHESTNUTRIDGE AREA
Chestnutridge, Mo., Jan. 6, 2010 – U.S. Cellular recently completed construction of one additional cell site in Chestnutridge to improve call quality for its customers. A new 250-foot site will increase U.S. Cellular's coverage in Chestnutridge with extended coverage south on Highways 65 and will also complement U.S. Cellular's statewide network of more than 775 towers. The tower was built by U.S. Cellular with the support of the federal Universal Service Fund, a critical resource for wireless expansion throughout rural America.
"This part of Missouri lacked quality wireless service. As a result, we identified the community as a priority," said Nathan Waddell, director of sales for U.S. Cellular in Missouri. "People everywhere depend on their cell phones to meet critical safety and everyday business needs. With a stronger network, Chestnutridge can also become more competitive in attracting new business."
In Missouri, 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.
"We need reliable wireless service to protect the health and security of our citizens and public safety officials," said State Senator Dan Clemens. "It's a big help to us when companies expand their networks."
In 2008, U.S. Cellular received approximately $8 million in Universal Service Fund (USF) support in Missouri and used this funding to bring wireless service to 20 sites in rural cities and towns across the state.
U.S. Cellular has led recent efforts to preserve federal support for rural wireless network development through Connecting Rural America, a coalition of public safety officials, economic development organizations and concerned citizens working for equality in wireless telecommunications. Its goal is to provide rural communities with the same access to wireless technology that urban communities already enjoy.
About U.S. Cellular
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® Tour and Pearl Flip, and the touch-screen LG Tritan, 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 uscellular.com.