HUNTINGTON, WV — Verizon Wireless today announced it is bringing the nation’s largest 4G Long Term Evolution (LTE) network to Huntington as well as nearby Ashland, Kentucky, on June 21. With the Verizon Wireless 4G LTE network, customers can use their 4G LTE wireless devices in Huntington to browse the Web, listen to music, stream live video, take advantage of thousands of applications, and stay in touch with family and friends, all with speeds up to 10 times faster than before.
“High-speed, wireless communications throughout West Virginia will help our state’s businesses thrive in today’s economy and open up economic opportunities,” said Senator Jay Rockefeller, Chairman of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation. “And it will enable families and rural communities across our state to access dependable, fast technology.
“This investment is helping to close the digital divide across West Virginia, and I’m thrilled that Verizon agreed with me and took on this important project,” Senator Rockefeller added. “Verizon’s commitment to West Virginia shows the benefits that can result from millions of dollars of private investment to expand high-speed communications access. We saw these results in Charleston last year, we’re seeing them in Huntington and Logan County this week, and we’ll soon see them throughout the state.”
When Verizon Wireless turns on its 4G LTE network in Huntington, customers who live in, or visit, the Huntington area including portions of U.S. Route 60 west to Ashland, Kentucky, portions of highways 10 and 527, and Marshall University will have access to the nation’s fastest 4G network. In addition, customers in and around nearby Ashland, will be able to experience the power of Verizon Wireless’ 4G LTE network on June 21 as well.
“From social interactions to classroom learning and job opportunities, instant access to the world has become a necessity in our everyday lives,” said West Virginia Governor Earl Ray Tomblin. “I am pleased Huntington and the surrounding communities will be able to reap the benefits from this Verizon Wireless investment.”
The Verizon Wireless 4G LTE network is available to more than two-thirds of the U.S. population in 258 markets across the country and offers more than six times the geographic coverage of its nearest competitor’s 4G LTE network. Verizon Wireless customers looking to experience the nation’s fastest 4G network can choose from the largest selection of 4G LTE devices, ranging from tablets, mobile hotspots, smartphones and more, including the new DROID INCREDIBLE 4G LTE by HTC, available in stores and online in the coming weeks.
In real-world, fully loaded network environments, Verizon Wireless 4G LTE customers should experience average data rates of 5 to 12 megabits per second (Mbps) on the downlink and 2 to 5 Mbps on the uplink.
Visit www.verizonwireless.com/lte for more information about the Verizon Wireless 4G LTE network and a list of current markets.
About Verizon Wireless
Verizon Wireless operates the nation’s largest 4G LTE network and largest, most reliable 3G network. The company serves 93.0 million retail customers, including 88.0 million retail postpaid customers. Headquartered in Basking Ridge, N.J., with 80,000 employees nationwide, Verizon Wireless is a joint venture of Verizon Communications (NYSE, NASDAQ: VZ) and Vodafone (LSE, NASDAQ: VOD). For more information, visit www.verizonwireless.com. To preview and request broadcast-quality video footage and high-resolution stills of Verizon Wireless operations, log on to the Verizon Wireless Multimedia Library at www.verizonwireless.com/multimedia.