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New U.S. Cellular tower goes into service near Lehigh

September 16, 2008
The Daily Freeman Journal

LEHIGH - As part of an ongoing program to expand its network in Iowa, U.S. Cellular recently completed construction of a 250-foot cell tower one mile east of Lehigh. The site will provide improved coverage in Lehigh and to the surrounding area that includes Brushy Creek State Recreation Area and Dolliver Memorial State Park. The new tower is part of a statewide network of more than 680 U.S. Cellular cell sites.

"U.S. Cellular is committed to providing the best possible service for our customers," said Curtis Graham, director of network operations for U.S. Cellular in Iowa. "The number and location of cell sites makes a big difference in the network. Customers now rely on their cell phones while out and about as well as in their homes and at work. This site will allow us to continue giving users the great service they expect from U.S. Cellular."

U.S. Cellular has a team of engineers who continually test the area for network quality, review network data and respond to customer feedback to determine locations for new cell sites. Each site provides coverage and calling capacity for an area. When a customer makes a call, the U.S. Cellular phone transmits the caller's voice to the nearest cell site, which then sends the call through the telephone network, where it is delivered to the receiver.

"Great network service gives customers the convenience of accessing the Internet, sending or receiving calls, text messages or e-mails whenever they need it," Graham said.

U.S. Cellular made a $52.3 million network investment in 2007 that included the addition of 33 cell sites across Iowa.

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 sixth-largest wireless carrier, serving 6.2 million customers across the country. To learn more about the company, visit one of its retail stores or



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