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Verizon Wireless Launches 4G LTE In Madison, Milwaukee, Racine, Kenosha And Wisconsin Dells On June 16

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May 22, 2011

Arianne Venuso

Colin Deval

MILWAUKEE, WI — Verizon Wireless announced today that it is bringing the world’s first large-scale 4G Long Term Evolution (LTE) network to Madison, Milwaukee, Racine, Kenosha and Wisconsin Dells, Wis., on June 16. Residents with 4G LTE smartphones, laptop modems and hot spots in the area around Madison, Wis., the greater Milwaukee area west to the community of Delafield, north to Thiensville, Menomonee Falls and Mequon, south along Lake Michigan through downtown Milwaukee to Franklin and Oak Creek and in the areas around Racine and Kenosha will be able to take advantage of speeds up to 10 times faster than the company’s 3G network.

“We are proud to help lead customers across Madison, Milwaukee and Southeastern Wisconsin into the 4G LTE wireless broadband world, helping residents, small businesses and local government connect faster and more fully with each other and those outside our community,” said T.J. Fox, president-Wisconsin/Illinois, Verizon Wireless. “Our 4G LTE network is revolutionizing the way people communicate, and we know this connectivity will be a key communications and technology enabler for many years to come.”

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. Verizon Wireless began introducing the globe’s first large-scale LTE network on December 5, 2010, covering more than 110 million Americans, and is quickly expanding national coverage, currently offering service in 55 metropolitan areas. The company is rapidly building out its 4G LTE network, and is on course to deliver 4G LTE to its entire 3G wireless footprint by the end of 2013.

As the first wireless company in the world to broadly deploy game-changing 4G LTE technology, Verizon Wireless is committed to building its 4G network with the same performance and reliability for which it has long been recognized. Verizon Wireless’ 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, including a contiguous, nationwide network license.

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Communities in Southeastern Wisconsin to be covered by the Verizon Wireless 4G LTE network include:

  • Madison
  • Middleton
  • Waunakee
  • Sun Prairie
  • Verona
  • McFarland
  • Thiensville
  • Menomonee Falls
  • Mequon
  • Bayside
  • Glendale
  • Fox Point
  • Whitefish Bay
  • Shorewood
  • Milwaukee
  • Butler
  • Pewaukee
  • Hartland
  • Delafield
  • Waukesha
  • Brookfield
  • New Berlin
  • West Allis
  • Muskego
  • Greenfield
  • Franklin
  • Oak Creek
  • South Milwaukee
  • Cudahy
  • St. Francis
  • Bay View
  • Racine
  • Elmwood Park
  • Somers
  • Kenosha
  • Pleasant Prairie

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About Verizon Wireless in Wisconsin
In Wisconsin, Verizon Wireless has more than 500 employees and 32 company-owned retail locations in 28 cities, including Appleton, Brookfield, Chippewa Falls, Delafield, Eau Claire, Fitchburg, Fond du Lac, Franklin, Glendale, Grafton, Green Bay, Greenfield, Janesville, Madison, Menomonee Falls, Middleton, Minoqua, Onalaska, Oshkosh, Pleasant Prairie, Racine, Rhinelander, Stevens Point, Tomah, Waukesha, Wauwatosa, West Bend, Wisconsin Rapids.

About Verizon Wireless
Verizon Wireless operates the nation’s fastest, most advanced 4G network and largest, most reliable 3G network. The company serves 104 million total wireless connections, including more than 88 million retail customers. Headquartered in Basking Ridge, N.J., with 85,000 employees nationwide, Verizon Wireless is a joint venture of Verizon Communications (NYSE, NASDAQ: VZ) and Vodafone (LSE, NASDAQ: VOD). For more information, visit 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