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Downeast Customers, Network Operator Blindsided by Verizon Withdrawal

Verizon Wireless sends subscription termination notices to customers without warning

PORTLAND, MAINE (September 12, 2017) – Verizon Wireless customers in Washington County were blindsided this week when the company mailed them subscription termination notices ahead of the two-year anniversary of the launch of the 4G LTE network in Downeast Maine.

Wireless Partners, the builder and operator of the network, was made aware of the move not by Verizon Wireless,but by concerned customers in receipt of the notification. In response, Bob Parsloe, CEO of Wireless Partners, issued the following statement:

“Access to 4G LTE is an essential 21 st century infrastructure need and it is the mission of Wireless Partners to meet that need in rural, underserved areas of Maine and New Hampshire. To that end, Wireless Partners built, owns, operates, and is expanding a Verizon Wireless 4G LTE network in Downeast Maine. Along with our network users, we were blindsided to learn that Verizon Wireless mailed subscription cancellation notices to their customers on this network.

“Wireless Partners was not given advance warning that Verizon Wireless was planning to restrict new customers in nor terminate existing customers. We were only made aware of this development from concerned Verizon Wireless customers who were in receipt of the cancellation notification.

“We have received overwhelming support from every community in which we have made 4g LTE service a reality. However,Verizon Wireless’ recent actions have turned that exuberance into significant concern among business owners, public safety officials, and everyday consumers for whom this is their sole means of cellular voice and broadband internet service.

“In respect of our mission, our network users, and the potentially devastating public safety and economic development consequences, we will encourage Verizon Wireless to rethink this extremely consequential decision and to honor the promise of its LRA program. We are hopeful that a resolution is achievable and that this critical infrastructure will remain in service.”

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ROBERT PARSLOE

President & CEO
207.808.5001 | rparsloe@wireless-partnersllc.com

THOMAS BUCKLEY

Chief Technology Officer & Senior Vice President
207.808.5002 | tbuckley@wireless-partnersllc.com

MICHAEL HARDER

Chief Financial Officer
207.239.2917 | mharder@wireless-partnersllc.com

TODD RICH

Director of Site Acquisition & Asset Manager
207.808.5005 | trich@wireless-partnersllc.com

ANDREA CAHILL

Director of Business Operations
207.808.5004 | acahill@wireless-partnersllc.com

HENRY "CHIP" LAWRENCE

Director of Network Engineering
207.808.5003 | clawrence@wireless-partnersllc.com

KEVIN SHEA

Director of Engineering Programs
603.489.8840 | kshea@wireless-partnersllc.com

DOUG GAUTHIER

LTE Field Engineer
207.805.4121 | dgauthier@wireless-partnersllc.com
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ROBERT PARSLOE

With 25+ years of telecommunication experience, Mr. Parsloe founded Wireless Partners, LLC, a Maine-based company committed to bring enhanced broadband networks to rural markets. Mr. Parsloe is the President, CEO and a member of the Board of Directors of Wireless Partners, LLC. Prior to founding Wireless Partners he founded Northeast Wireless Networks and prior to that, Mr. Parsloe served as Assistant Vice President at Lucent Technologies where he led a multi-disciplined team of wireless professionals that supported operators across the US. Prior to joining Lucent, Mr. Parsloe served for the United States Air Force and worked at AT&T, NCR and founded MelCor International, a communications company with operations in Russia and the US. Mr. Parsloe attended Northeastern University and the University of Massachusetts.
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THOMAS BUCKLEY

Mr. Buckley has over 30 years of experience in the mobile telecommunications industry. Nearly all of that experience has been in network design engineering and operational positions of increasing responsibility at regional wireless carriers in the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic. US Cellular, Rural Cellular Corporation, Phoenix Wireless (Co-Founder), Northeast Wireless Networks (Co-Founder) and Price Cellular. Prior to mobile wireless positions, Tom was a member of the US Coast Guard where his area of expertise was radio communications and antenna systems.
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TODD RICH

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ANDREA CAHILL

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HENRY "CHIP" LAWRENCE

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KEVIN SHEA

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DOUG GAUTHIER