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If you've been waiting for Big Red to show spread the LTE love in your area, your time may come tomorrow. VZW announced fourteen new LTE markets last month, along with plans for expansion in four existing markets, and it's all set to flip the switch tomorrow, November 17th.  Here's the list one more time:

  • Little Rock, AR
  • Savannah, GA
  • Cedar Rapids and Des Moines, IA
  • Lexington, KY
  • Starkville, MS
  • Kansas City and Springfield/Branson, MO
  • Lincoln, NE
  • Orange County, NY
  • Greater Providence, RI
  • Rapid City, SD
  • Roanoke, VA
  • Appleton and Oshkosh, WI

Expansions:

  • Louisville, KY
  • Grand Rapids, MI
  • Minneapolis/St. Paul, MN
  • Pittsburgh, PA

So, what's the verdict? Are you going to be among the 186 million Americans covered by ultra-fast LTE?

Six-mile long PR:

THE NATION’S LARGEST 4G LTE NETWORK COMES TO 14 NEW MARKETS AND EXPANDS IN FOUR MARKETS ON NOV. 17

BASKING RIDGE, N.J. – Verizon Wireless, named the nation’s “Fastest 4G Network Yet” by Popular Science’s 2011 Best of What’s New Awards, and No. 1 on PC World’s 100 Best Products of 2011, is turning on its 4G LTE network in 14 new markets and expanding in four markets on Nov. 17, bringing its blazingly fast speeds to 179 markets across the United States.  Consumers and businesses in these areas can choose from 16 4G LTE-enabled devices, including the new HTC Rezound and DROID RAZR by Motorola, to connect to the fastest and most reliable 4G network in the country.

On Thursday, Nov. 17, the company will turn on its 4G LTE network in Little Rock, Ark.; Savannah, Ga.; Cedar Rapids and Des Moines, Iowa; Lexington, Ky.; Starkville, Miss.; Kansas City and Springfield/Branson, Mo.; Lincoln, Neb.; Orange County, N.Y.; Greater Providence, R.I.; Rapid City, S.D.; Roanoke, Va.; and Appleton/Oshkosh, Wis.  The company is also making major 4G LTE expansions on Nov. 17 in Louisville, Ky.; Grand Rapids, Mich.; Minneapolis/St. Paul, Minn.; and Pittsburgh, Pa.

“In less than a year we have introduced our 4G LTE network to 179 markets across the country, covering more than 186 million Americans,” said David Small, chief technical officer of Verizon Wireless.  “We are honored to receive recognition from Popular Science and PC World, acknowledging our technology leadership within the wireless industry.  The awards validate our strategy of building and selling services powered by our vast 4G LTE network over the last year, when others in the industry are still formulating their plans.”

4G LTE Speed and Coverage

In real-world, fully loaded network environments, 4G LTE users should experience average data rates of 5 to 12 megabits per second (Mbps) on the downlink and 2 to 5 Mbps on the uplink.  When customers travel outside of a 4G LTE coverage area, devices automatically connect to Verizon Wireless’ 3G network, enabling customers to stay connected from coast to coast.  Verizon Wireless’ 3G network is the most reliable network in the country and allows customers in 3G coverage areas who purchase 4G LTE devices today to take advantage of 4G LTE speeds when the faster network becomes available in their area. 

Reliability: In and Beyond Major Cities

As the largest 4G LTE network in the country and the first wireless company in the world to broadly deploy 4G LTE technology, Verizon Wireless is building its 4G LTE network with the same performance and reliability for which it has long been recognized.  The company’s consistent focus on reliability is based on rigid engineering standards and a disciplined deployment approach year after year.  The company’s 700 MHz spectrum gives Verizon Wireless specific advantages with 4G LTE, including a contiguous, nationwide network license. 

Over the past year, Verizon Wireless has also worked to bring its 4G LTE network beyond major cities with its LTE in Rural America program.  The company is working with rural communications companies to collaboratively build and operate a 4G LTE network in those areas using the tower and backhaul assets of the rural company and Verizon Wireless’ core 4G LTE equipment and premium 700 MHz spectrum.  Already, 12 rural organizations have announced their participation in the LTE in Rural America program and have leased spectrum covering, in total, more than 2.6 million people in rural communities and nearly 82,000 square miles.  These companies include: Appalachian Wireless, Bluegrass Cellular, Carolina West/Clear Stream, Cellcom, Chariton Valley, Convergence Technologies, Cross Telephone, Custer Telephone Cooperative, Pioneer Cellular, S and R Communications, Strata Networks and Thumb Cellular. 

4G LTE Markets

On Nov. 17, Verizon Wireless’ 4G LTE network will be available in 179 markets:

· Birmingham, Ala.

· Decatur, Ala.

· Huntsville, Ala.

· Mobile, Ala.

· Montgomery, Ala.

· Phoenix, Ariz.

· Tucson, Ariz.

· Fayetteville/Springdale/Rogers, Ark.

· Fort Smith, Ark.

· Jonesboro/Paragould, Ark.

· Little Rock, Ark.

· Bakersfield, Calif.

· Fresno, Calif.

· Los Angeles, Calif.

· Modesto, Calif.

· Oakland, Calif.

· Sacramento, Calif.

· Salinas/Monterey/Seaside, Calif.

· San Diego, Calif.

· San Francisco, Calif.

· San Jose, Calif.

· San Luis Obispo, Calif.

· Santa Barbara, Calif.

· Stockton, Calif.

· Colorado Springs, Colo.

· Denver, Colo.

· Fort Collins, Colo.

· Greater Fairfield and New Haven, Conn.

· Hartford, Conn.

· Washington, D.C.

· Daytona, Fla.

· Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.

· Ft. Myers, Fla.

· Gainesville, Fla.

· Jacksonville, Fla.

· Lakeland, Fla.

· Miami, Fla.

· Orlando, Fla.

· Pensacola, Fla.

· Sarasota/Bradenton, Fla.

· Tallahassee, Fla.

· Tampa, Fla.

· West Palm Beach, Fla.

· Athens, Ga.

· Atlanta, Ga.

· Augusta, Ga.

· Savannah, Ga.

· Hilo, Hawaii

· Honolulu, Hawaii

· Kahului/Wailuku, Hawaii

· Lahaina, Hawaii

· Boise, Idaho

· Bloomington, Ill.

· Carbondale, Ill.

· Champaign/Urbana, Ill.

· Chicago, Ill.

· Rockford, Ill.

· Springfield, Ill.

· The Quad Cities, Ill./Iowa

· Bloomington/Bedford, Ind.

· Elkhart, Ind.

· Evansville, Ind.

· Fort Wayne, Ind.

· Indianapolis, Ind.

· South Bend/Mishawaka, Ind.

· Terre Haute, Ind.

· West Lafayette, Ind.

· Cedar Rapids, Iowa

· Des Moines, Iowa

· Iowa City, Iowa

· Sioux City, Iowa

· Wichita, Kan.

· Lexington, Ky.

· Louisville, Ky.

· Baton Rouge, La.

· Hammond, La.

· New Orleans, La.

· Shreveport, La.

· Baltimore, Md.

· Frederick, Md.

· Hagerstown, Md.

· Boston, Mass.

· Springfield, Mass.

· Worcester, Mass.

· Detroit, Mich.

· Flint, Mich.

· Grand Rapids, Mich.

· Kalamazoo, Mich.

· Lansing, Mich.

· Saginaw, Mich.

· Minneapolis/St. Paul, Minn.

· Starkville, Miss.

· Tupelo, Miss.

· Kansas City, Mo.

· Springfield/Branson, Mo.

· St. Louis, Mo.

· Lincoln, Neb.

· Omaha/Council Bluffs, Neb.

· Las Vegas, Nev.

· Reno, Nev.

· Albuquerque, N.M.

· Las Cruces, N.M.

· Santa Fe, N.M.

· Albany, N.Y.

· Buffalo, N.Y.

· Ithaca, N.Y.

· New York, N.Y.

· Orange County, N.Y.

· Rochester, N.Y.

· Syracuse, N.Y.

· Asheville, N.C.

· Charlotte, N.C.

· Fayetteville/Lumberton, N.C.

· Greensboro/Winston Salem/High Point, N.C.

· Raleigh/Durham, N.C.

· Wilmington, N.C.

· Fargo, N.D.

· Akron, Ohio

· Canton, Ohio

· Cincinnati, Ohio

· Cleveland, Ohio

· Columbus, Ohio

· Dayton, Ohio

· Lima, Ohio

· Mansfield, Ohio

· Toledo, Ohio

· Bartlesville, Okla.

· Oklahoma City, Okla.

· Tulsa, Okla.

· Portland, Ore.

· Allentown/Bethlehem/Easton, Pa.

· Altoona, Pa.

· Erie, Pa.

· Harrisburg, Pa.

· Johnstown, Pa.

· Philadelphia, Pa.

· Pittsburgh, Pa.

· State College, Pa.

· Wilkes Barre/Scranton, Pa.

· Greater Providence, R.I.

· Charleston, S.C.

· Columbia, S.C.

· Greenville/Spartanburg, S.C.

· Hilton Head, S.C.

· Rapid City, S.D.

· Sioux Falls, S.D.

· Chattanooga, Tenn.

· Clarksville, Tenn./Hopkinsville, Ky.

· Cleveland, Tenn.

· Dyersburg/Union City, Tenn.

· Jackson, Tenn.

· Knoxville, Tenn.

· Martin, Tenn.

· Memphis, Tenn.

· Nashville, Tenn.

· Austin, Texas

· Beaumont/Port Arthur, Texas

· Bryan/College Station, Texas

· Dallas/Fort Worth, Texas

· El Paso, Texas

· Houston, Texas

· San Antonio, Texas

· Temple/Killeen, Texas

· Wichita Falls, Texas

· Provo, Utah

· Salt Lake City, Utah

· Greater Hampton Roads, Va.

· Richmond, Va.

· Roanoke, Va.

· The Tri-Cities, Tenn./Va.

· Olympia, Wash.

· Seattle, Wash.

· Spokane, Wash.

· Tacoma, Wash.

· Charleston, W.Va.

· Appleton/Oshkosh, Wis.

· Green Bay, Wis.

· Madison, Wis.

· Milwaukee, Wis.

Visit www.verizonwireless.com/lte for more information about Verizon Wireless’ 4G LTE network. 

Cameron Summerson
Cameron is a self-made geek, Android enthusiast, horror movie fanatic, musician, and cyclist. When he's not pounding keys here at AP, you can find him spending time with his wife and kids, plucking away on the 6-string, spinning on the streets, or watching The Texas Chainsaw Massacre on repeat.

  • Kree Terry

    Sill dont have 4g in my area, please verizon get on it. Lack of 4g is one thing that is keeping me from upgrading to the galxy nexus.

    • Tyler C

      It sounds utterly silly to not get such a wonderful phone that supports 4G simply due to a lack of 4G in your current area.

    • J

      I agree with Tyler C... As soon as I'm up to get a new phone, I'm gonna nab a 4G phone, even if my area still isn't 4G'ed yet....

      The second 4G finally does reach me, I'll have a capable device & start getting their blazing fast speeds... I won't have to wait until I can get to a Verizon store or wait until the phone I order online gets to me... And I do "every-once-in-awhile" to occasionally visit a city that has 4G service already, so... while I'm there I can check out what I'm missing...

      And if I'm not in a 4G area, the phone accesses the 3G network, so I can surf just like I do on my current phone until 4G finally gets here....

  • DizzyThermal

    Does anyone know what time it turns on?

    Like is it 12:00 AM EST November 17th or do you think they'll wait till a certain time?

    So antsy :P

  • Liquid

    It's now live in Frankfort, KY....guess it's a bleed over from Lexington. Wife's Razr just popped up with 4G and got 21Mbps down and 5.5Mbps up! :-)

  • DizzyThermal

    Just went live for me, Somerset, MA

  • Christopher

    Rapid City went live @ 2230 last night, I feel like civilization has finally reached SD. 22 down 5.6 up

  • Kasey

    I love Verizon in Lansing, MI!! 36 down, 14 up with 53ms ping! This is better than my home service. THANK YOU Verizon! My Sprint struggled to get 200K down. Verizon rocks!!!!