JACKSON — Verizon Wireless, operator of the nation’s largest 4G Long Term Evolution  wireless network, is activating its 4G LTE service allowing businesses and residents to tap into the nation’s fastest wireless network for communities in Jackson County.

Verizon’s 4G LTE expansion covers Jackson, Springport, Parma Township, Concord, Spring Arbor, Sandstone, Pleasant Lake, Rives Township, Blackman Township, Michigan Center, Leoni Township, South Jackson, Clarklake, Napoleon and Brooklyn.

“Verizon was the first in Michigan to offer the high-speed connectivity of 4G LTE beginning in early 2010,” said John Granby, president of the Michigan-Indiana-Kentucky region of Verizon Wireless. “Our network investment in Michigan has kept us ahead of consumer and business demand for both the best voice and data services.”

Within Verizon Wireless’ 4G LTE service area, residents with 4G LTE-enabled devices can stream video, sharemusic and photos, surf the Web and download files at speeds up to 10 times faster than customers on 3G networks. For businesses utilizing the network, the increasing spread of broadband connectivity provides the most sophisticated wireless capabilities for economic advancement.

Customers in the coverage area should experience average data rates of 5 to 12 megabits per second on the downlink and 2 to 5 Mbps on the uplink.

When customers travel outside of a 4G LTE coverage area in Michigan or elsewhere, their devices will automatically connect to Verizon Wireless’ 3G network, enabling them to stay connected from coast to coast. Verizon Wireless’ 3G network is the largest, most reliable network in the country and allows customers in 3G coverage areas who purchase 4G LTE devices today to take advantage of 4G LTE speeds when the faster network becomes available in their areas.

With the expansion of Verizon’s network in Jackson County residents can also take advantage of HomeFusion Broadband, a high-speed Internet system that can be installed at homes for people who live in areas with limited options.

The Verizon Wireless 4G LTE network was named “Fastest 4G Network Yet” by Popular Science’s 2011 Best of What’s New Awards, and was also ranked No. 1 on PC World’s 100 Best Products of 2011. For more information about Verizon Wireless 4G LTE network, please visit www.verizonwireless.com/lte.


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