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Published March 18 2010

Verizon deploys phones to emergency personnel

Verizon Wireless’ network team has made preparations to its voice and 3G network in Fargo to deliver reliable wireless coverage and service during the spring flood season, a news release said.

The company has provided nearly 300 phones to the North Dakota National Guard, the Minnesota National Guard and the city of Fargo. Hundreds more phones and 3G USB modems have been shipped to the area for rapid deployment to emergency responders.

Verizon Wireless’ network team installed a system to enhance the wireless coverage at Nemzek Hall on the Minnesota State University Moorhead campus Tuesday. The campus building is an Open Volunteers Center for the city and is also being used by the Moorhead Police Department.

Verizon Wireless has prepared for the flooding by using a comprehensive emergency response plan, including activating an emergency operations center and performing disaster drills. Additional staffing has been added for 24/7 monitoring of the network.

The company has also added 25 percent more capacity to individual cell sites as needed in areas where consumers are increasing usage.