Verizon upgrades include Fort Benning

Cell phone service provider Verizon Wireless said it already has pumped $68 million into upgrades across Georgia so far this year.

That includes adding equipment at Fort Benning and at Fort Stewart on the east side of the state.

The company's Georgia operations, based in Alpharetta, said it has increased coverage of its broadband network, doubling capacity in 30 areas.

In a nod to the power of NASCAR fans, Verizon said it set up a "cell on wheels" site at Atlanta Motor Speedway in early March to handle extra call volume.

"Georgians demand the very best in wireless products and services, but none of it matters unless the network is reliable, which is why our focus will continue to be on delivering the best, most reliable wireless network for voice and data," Jeff Mango, president of Verizon's wireless operations in Georgia and Alabama, said in a statement.

Verizon said other Georgia cities to receive equipment and coverage upgrades include Savannah, Cochran, Swainsboro, Camilla, Chamblee, Newnan, Alpharetta, Roswell and the Perimeter Mall area in Atlanta.