Verizon Set to Bring Home Internet to Rural Areas

On July 30, Verizon announced the expansion of its 4G LTE network to more rural areas.

The expansion of the 4G network will bring internet to Savannah, Georgia; Springfield, Missouri; and the Tri-City area in Tennessee, Virginia, and Kentucky. The new development will provide essential service during the Coronavirus pandemic as many people are forced to work from home, home-school their children, or take online classes.

Expanded access will offer Verizon’s internet services outside the Fios and 5G Home footprints that Verizon already serviced.

The LTE Home Internet will cost $40 a month for existing Verizon Wireless customers and $60 a month for non-Verizon Wireless customers. Installation of an LTE Home router is required for customers to receive the network. The router costs $240, but Verizon offers payments through a payment plan of $10 a month for 24 months.

Verizon’s LTE Home internet service offers unlimited data, and customers get download speeds of 25 Mbps and peak internet speeds of 50 Mbps. According to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), the download and peak internet speeds offered by Verizon are above the standard minimum.

“With LTE Home Internet, our most awarded 4G LTE network will provide internet connectivity for customers in more rural parts of America who may not have access to broadband internet service,” said senior vice president of consumer marketing and products Frank Boulben.

Boulben characterized internet services as “a critical need, especially now, when so many are counting on reliable connectivity for remote work and educational needs.”

The expansion is a crucial development for rural communities. According to Digital Trends, a 2018 FCC report found that 98% of Americans in urban areas had access to a high-speed internet connection; however, only 69% of rural Americans have a home internet connection.

Since 2000, Verizon has invested more than $145 billion into research and development to meet surging demands for wireless data and video. These developments have helped Verizon’s network cover over 98 percent of the population according to the statement put out by the company.

Verizon has an award-winning network.  J.D. Power awarded the wireless company for best network quality 25 consecutive times.

The development follows Verizon’s announcement to expand wireless services and hardware access to schools in 10 mostly Southern states that serve 12.5 million children in grades K through 12.

States with school districts expected to be covered by the plan include Arkansas, Florida, Mississippi, New Jersey, North Carolina, Tennessee, and West Virginia.

The school expansion program offers schools access to discounted 4G LTE Internet network plans, different hardware options, including portable Mi-Fi hotspots, and increased online security.

Consumers can expect more internet expansion by Verizon in the future. A Verizon spokesperson told Digital Trends that the service provider would be expanding the LGE Home Internet to even more rural markets.

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