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Verizon Wireless building 'nerve center' in Midtown Anchorage

Alaska Dispatch

Verizon Wireless is building a brand-new Midtown Anchorage headquarters -- in an area virtually surrounded by Alaska Communications property.

Verizon told KTUU-Channel 2 on Tuesday that its new cellular network will be headquartered at a large "nerve center" in Midtown, where "every call and text message that gets sent over a Verizon Wireless network will be routed."

The company, which will face stiff competition from rival providers AT&T, ACS and General Communications, Inc., among others, has not said when its Alaska network will be operational.

KTUU contacted ACS about the proximity of Verizon's construction to its property, which has further fueled speculation that the nation's largest cellular company may one day purchase it. The two companies use the same CDMA cellular technology, and Verizon customers in Alaska currently "hitchhike" on the ACS network.

Read KTUU's article for more information.