TRAVERSE CITY — Verizon Wireless Tuesday announced it is bringing the nation’s largest 4G Long Term Evolution (LTE) network to the Grand Traverse Area on Thursday, June 21.

When Verizon Wireless turns on its 4G LTE network, customers who live in or visit Traverse City and the following surrounding areas will have access to the nation’s fastest 4G network:
* US-31 from Elk Rapids to Interlochen
* M-72 from Solon Road north to Williamsburg
* M-37 from Traverse City south to Hilltop Road
* Portions of Greilickville, Long Lake Township, Interlochen and Williamsburg

“It’s no coincidence that we are bringing our 4G LTE network to much of the Grand Traverse Area just in time for the busy tourism season and popular National Cherry Festival,” said John Granby, president of the Michigan-Indiana-Kentucky region of Verizon Wireless. “People across Michigan are increasingly relying on tablets, smartphones and apps to stay organized, connected and entertained — while at home, at work and on vacation.”

Residents in the newly expanded 4G LTE coverage area will have access to HomeFusion Broadband, a new in-home, high-speed Internet service for consumers who want residential broadband with reliable data connectivity. Verizon Wireless’ high-speed 4G LTE network is delivered to a cylinder-shaped antenna which transmits the signal to an in-home broadband router. The antenna, the size of a five-gallon paint bucket, is professionally installed outside a customer’s residence. The device delivers Verizon’s 4G LTE signal to the broadband router and allows the customer to connect up to four wired and at least 20 wireless devices in the household. HomeFusion launched May 3 nationally wherever Verizon’s 4G LTE network is available.

The Verizon Wireless 4G LTE network is available to more than two-thirds of the U.S. population in 230 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 a variety of 4G LTE devices, including tablets, smartphones, hotspots and more.

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 for more information about the Verizon Wireless 4G LTE network and a list of current markets.

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