Marquette, a small town of 21,000 on the shores of Lake Superior in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, was recently celebrated as the 400th market to receive Verizon Wireless’ 4G LTE network.
In conjunction with the celebration and in honor of Domestic Violence Awareness Month, Verizon Wireless provided $44,000 in HopeLine grants to 11 organizations from across the Upper Peninsula – from Houghton and L’Anse, to Iron Mountain, Escanaba and Monroe. In addition, the Verizon Foundation provided a $10,000 grant to the Women’s Center, a domestic violence prevention organization located in Marquette.
Verizon Wireless also donated 20 Samsung Galaxy Tab 4G LTE tablets to Northern Michigan University’s CITE program, which aims to provide access to the latest technology for students and faculty.
At the launch event, Mayor John Kivela, Mayor of Marquette, Marni Walden, Verizon Wireless chief operating officer, and TJ Fox, Verizon Wireless region president, addressed the audience. Walden and Fox discussed Verizon’s commitment to expand 4G LTE not just in major cities, but to bring the speed and opportunities of the network to small cities and rural locations across the country.
The recent launch of 4G LTE service in Marquette and more than 20 other cities expands Verizon Wireless’ 4G LTE network to 419 markets, surpassing its original goal of covering 400 markets by the end of 2012.