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Shaheen Announces Launch of 4G LTE Voice and Data Service in the North Country

**Verizon Wireless now provides cellular broadband coverage from towers in Groveton, Pittsburg, Milan Hill, and Errol operated by Wireless Partners, LLC**

**SHAHEEN: “Vitally important for public safety, economic development and tourism”**

**For the past two years, Shaheen has been in frequent contact with the parties involved, encouraging the resulting expansion of service**

(Manchester, NH) — U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) announced new 4G LTE voice and data service is now available in Northern New Hampshire. A recent agreement between Verizon Wireless and Wireless Partners, LLC paved the way for Verizon Wireless coverage to launch across the region. For the past two years, Senator Shaheen has been in frequent contact with the parties involved with the agreement, encouraging the resulting expansion of service. Senator Shaheen has made cell and broadband coverage for rural New Hampshire one of her top priorities in the U.S. Senate. The new voice and broadband service was announced today at a press conference in Groveton with Wireless Partners, Verizon Wireless, regional economic development leaders and public safety officials.

“Over the last two years, it’s been the vision of everyone involved in this effort to connect the North Country to this major cell network and improve public safety, economic development and tourism in the region,” said Senator Shaheen. “I’m very happy to say that calls are finally coming in loud and clear. This expanded coverage also provides residents with another service choice. Verizon Wireless coverage is a major step forward for the region and I hope we will see more cell service providers expanding service to the North Country and other underserved areas of New Hampshire.”

The first phase of the project includes four tower sites: Chapel Hill in Pittsburg, Milan Hill, Morse Mountain in Groveton, and in Errol on Route 26. An additional 12 towers are being constructed across Coos County in phase II of the project. Wireless Partners will expand Verizon service while its sister company, Great North Woods Wireless, will launch support for other carriers in the coming months.