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Jan
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Earlier this month, AT&T passed the 500 mark in the race to expand the number of areas across the country with access to the carrier's 4G LTE network. The effort is ongoing, though, and the company has now officially added several more locales to the list. Customers in areas ranging from the West Coast to the Atlantic Ocean should all now notice faster data speeds when browsing on the go.

New LTE markets:

  • El Centro, CA
  • Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, CA
  • Cedar Rapids, IA
  • Jasper, IN
  • Danville, KY
  • Richmond, KY
  • Somerset, KY
  • Cadillac and Niles-Benton Harbor, MI
  • Tunica, MS
  • East Liverpool, OH
  • Erie, PA
  • New Castle, PA
  • Aguadilla-Isabela-San Sebastian, PR
  • Fajardo, PR
  • Ponce, PR
  • Barre and Burlington, VT
  • La Crosse, WI
  • Wheeling, WV

That's all for now. If your locale hasn't yet made the list, that doesn't necessarily mean the carrier isn't thinking about you. Building infrastructure in any given place takes longer than a few weeks. You may just have to be patient, which, given your slower data speeds, you've probably gotten used to.

Source: AT&T

Bertel King, Jr.
Born and raised in the rural South, Bertel knows what it's like to live without 4G LTE - or 3G, for that matter. He now lives in the City of Bridges, adjusting to the presence of actual snow. His phone of choice is the HTC One.

  • Josh

    Yea, I'm sure just like everything else, Sioux Falls, SD will not get it.

  • BetterWithRoot

    Cedar Rapids, IA? I'll be damned. Now if t-Mobile could get a presence here besides the MVNO of iWireless...

    • skeeterfood

      I've had LTE showing up on my Nexus5 here in CR for a few weeks now on Straight Talk's AT&T plan. I even managed to get 45 Mbps down once while eating lunch at the Irish Democrat. I wish T-Mobile would just buy Iowa Network Services (owns iWireless and all the T-Mobile affiliated cell towers in Eastern Iowa) and just be done with it.

      • BetterWithRoot

        I agree, that'd be awesome. T-mobile has a nice footprint in Des Moines. I left iWireless (for unlimited VZW data), but also because the highest speed i could get was around 350 kb/s. It's good to know that Straight Talk is getting in on the speeds. I know what I will be promoting to people that want a pre-paid/pay-as-you-go service. Thanks for the info Skeeter! Always good to see a fellow android fan in Iowa!

  • iamnid

    I've been showing the "LTE" symbol here in Riverside on my nexus 5 since I got it a few weeks ago. As far as I can tell, the symbol is the only difference. Hasn't been any faster than HSPA. Maybe this official roll out means it will get speedier? Who knows.

    • nofearofimaginarymen

      If you don't mind me asking, what speeds have you been pulling down?

      • Floss

        I just did a speed test in Riverside and got .30 mbps down and 1mpbs up. They desperately need more towers in this area.

        • nxtiak

          In East Moreno Valley, near Redlands Blvd. 60freeway exit, there's a new Tower that's been worked on for a long time.
          Last week I did a speedtest to Irvine server and pulled 56.97mbps down, 17.42mbps up.

  • chubbycheese

    I'm starting to get the feeling that ATT Doesn't give a crap about adding LTE to Bismarck, ND

    • https://plus.google.com/+TroyLeonard Troy Leonard

      Ya cause a town of 65000 is high priority

      • chubbycheese

        So how do towns of 40k, 52k, and 20k(granted there is an oil boom there) get to have LTE? Oh. I should mention that Verizon has had LTE for about a year and a half?

    • Rambo

      Picking markets to deploy is not as easy as you think. Have you looked at att spectrum licenses in Bismark they may not have the proper amount of spectrum to deploy LTE at the moment. One thing they are definitely doing is shutting down thier edge network and deploying LTE on that in Band 2 and Band 5. Thier 700 mhz is band 17. THe cool thing is every ATT LTe phone since day one has Bands 2 4 5 and 17. So when all these bands are deplyoed they will pretty much have LTE everywhere and you should be able to get service on one or the other or even multiple depending on your area.

    • Eric Lis

      Last Friday the 31st of January I started seeing the LTE indicator on my iphone5s and have seen speed tests around 20Mbp/s down and 5 up

      • chubbycheese

        Yeah it popped on mine too. Started with only 5Mbps. I was able to hit 15Mbps today.

  • Hexeh

    Awesome. Although much of Puerto Rico already has 4G LTE by now. I live in one of the less populated municipalities and I still get full speed. Those areas listed above are part of the more densely populated areas of the Island. Odd...