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Verizon announces expanded 4G LTE service for Spokane market

Verizon Wireless has announced its expanding its 4G LTE network in Spokane.

An announcement noted that the Spokane market is part of 37 cities who will now have even-wider coverage of high-speed LTE (long term evolution) connectivity.

It also announced it's introducing 4G LTE service in Walla Walla.

Verizon will expand LTE network to Bonners Ferry and Deer Park

Verizon Wireless is bringing more 4G to the Inland Northwest. The company announced its 4G LTE network will be available in the next few weeks in Cheney, Deer Park, Mica, Valleyford,  Bonners Ferry, Coeur d’Alene, Post Falls, Rathdrum and Stateline.

Faster is better, or at least we think so. Just be careful signing up for a metered data plan. In such cases you may have a data plan for 5 gigabytes of data per month at $50, but realize later you'll be spending twice that on data charges because you used way more.

Verizon expands 4G service to North Idaho, Pullman, Kettle Falls, Schweitzer

Verizon Wireless will expand 4G service in the Inland Northwest later this year, to include Chewelah, Coeur d’Alene, Colville, Deer Lake, Harrison, Hayden, Kellogg, Kettle Falls, Newport, Post Falls, Priest Lake, Sandpoint, Spirit Lake, St. Maries and Washington State University's Pullman campus.

That opens the door for Verizon customers with 4G LTE smartphones, laptop modems and hotspots to kick up to the highest broadband speeds available to them.
 
Also included in the upgrade is Schweitzer Mountain and Silver Mountain ski resorts near Sandpoint and Kellogg.
 
Late last year Verizon Wireless opened its  4G LTE network for Spokane County.
 
The company's press department noted: “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 says Spokane’s 4G service starts on June 16

Spokane Verizon customers can start using 4G service on June 16, the company announced Monday.

Verizon's LTE (long term evolution) 4G service will come online and be available for those with enabled phones, hot spots and laptop modems.

The service area is Spokane, Spokane Valley, the South Hill, Airway Heights, Liberty Lake, Mead and Otis Orchards. 

The company says LTE will provide download speeds up to 10 times faster than the 3G service now available.

To take advantage of 4G a consumer needs to purchase a Verizon data plan.

An overview of LTE by Verizon is here.

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Verizon says Spokane will get LTE by end of the year

Spokane will get its first 4G network later this year, Verizon Wireless announced on Tuesday.

The company already rolled out its Long Term Evolution (LTE) network to 40 cities, including Seattle, last year.

Spokane will be among 145 cities getting the new, faster wireless network in 2011, said a press release.
 
The release only states the service will roll out here in 2011. We've heard the main area of the downtown core will be rolled out in September, but Verizon has not confirmed.
 
No pricing terms were released. But checking this Verizon link, at www.verizonwireless.com/lte, should provide some pricing information.
 
 “Customers in Spokane who crave speed and reliability can prepare for a strong connection with America’s fastest 4G mobile technology,” said Bobby Morrison, President Verizon Wireless, Pacific Northwest Region, in a prepared release.
 
The release said the 4G LTE launch will cover the area from Mead to the South Hill and from Airway Heights to Otis Orchards. In addition to Spokane, Verizon will also launch 4G LTE service in Portland-Vancouver, Tacoma, Olympia and Centralia. 
 
Here's more from Verizon, touting the advantages of Verizon's LTE:
Since its launch fewer than four months ago, Verizon Wireless’ 4G LTE network has provided laptop users with 4G LTE modems with speeds up to 10 times faster than the company’s 3G network.  In real-world, fully-loaded network environments, 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. 

More than 600 cities beg Google for high-speed fiber service

http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_7ZYqYi4xigk/S6zjSk9zVVI/AAAAAAAAFwE/-RwSA5rEYC0/s1600/fiber_house.gifSpokane is among 600-plus communities and cities who are begging (shamelessly in some cases) that Google provide their burg with an experimental, ultra high-speed broadband network.

Google announced the idea back in February and set a deadline for this week for cities wanting to be among the undefined number of U.S. metros to be included in the beta launch of the new fiber-based service. The deadline for submissions was Friday. Google is posting, on its blog.Google.com, a summary of the applications.

The original Google request for information (RFI) also produced about 190,000 responses from individuals, clamoring on the behalf of their locations.

Spokane’s true believers held a park rally this past week to catch the attention of the Google decision-makers.

 

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