In September 2011, Verizon Wireless hosted the first annual LTE In Rural America Summit to bring together rural communications companies to discuss how to build and operate a 4G LTE network in their areas using the tower and backhaul assets of the rural company and Verizon Wireless’ core 4G LTE equipment and premium 700 MHz spectrum. To date, 12 rural companies have announced their participation in the LTE in Rural America program and many others are in active negotiations with Verizon Wireless. The 12 rural companies have leased spectrum covering, in total, more than 2.6 million people in rural communities and nearly 82,000 square miles in Kentucky, Oklahoma, Michigan, Wisconsin, Utah, North Carolina, Indiana, Idaho and Missouri.
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