SOUTHFIELD (WWJ) — Verizon Wireless has expanded its 4G LTE network to Montmorency and Otsego counties in northern Lower Michigan.

Included are the communities of Atlanta, Elmira, Gaylord, Hillman, Otsego Lake, and Vanderbilt.

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The expansion also adds 4G LTE coverage along M-32 from US-131 east to M-65 across both counties.

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 Verizon Wireless was the first national wireless provider in the United States to build and operate a large-scale 4G LTE network, the most advanced wireless network technology available, with speeds up to 10 times faster than 3G. Residents, business users and vacationers to Montmorency and Otsego counties can stream video with no buffering delays, share photos as they’re shot and download songs in seconds.

Verizon is in the final stages of building out its 4G LTE network in Michigan. Since the company began rolling it out in late 2010, Verizon has expanded to the following areas, including most surrounding cities and towns: Adrian, Alpena, Ann Arbor, Battle Creek, Bay City, Benton Harbor-St. Joseph, Cadillac, Detroit, Escanaba, Flint, Grand Rapids, Houghton, Ironwood, Jackson, Kalamazoo, Lansing, Mackinac Island, Marquette, Menominee, Midland, Monroe, Mt. Pleasant, Muskegon, Petoskey, Saginaw and Traverse City. 

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The Verizon Wireless 4G LTE network reaches 287 million people across the country – more than 95 percent of the U.S. population – and is now available in 497 markets.  For additional details on the Verizon Wireless 4G LTE network and its coverage, please visit