Verizon to expand 4G LTE in four markets, extend coverage to Cookeville, TN


Verizon has one of the more minor network upgrades we have seen recently scheduled to go live tomorrow, February 16th. The focus is on expanding coverage in current markets, but Big Red will still find time to activate one new market. The folks of Cookeville, TN will be the sole beneficiaries of new LTE coverage while even more folks in Little Rock, AR; Rapid City, SD; Clarksville, TN; and San Antonia, TX will be privy to network expansions in those areas. If VZW missed you this time, expect network rollouts to pick up some steam later in the year.

BASKING RIDGE, N.J. – Verizon Wireless, owner of the nation’s fastest 4G network, is expanding its 4G Long Term Evolution (LTE) in four markets and launching the service in one new market on Feb. 16. Following the launches on Feb. 16, more than 200 million people in 196 markets across the United States can take advantage of the blazingly fast speeds offered by Verizon’s 4G LTE network with a wide variety of 4G LTE devices, including the DROID 4 by Motorola and the DROID RAZR™ MAXX™ by Motorola.
On Thursday, Feb. 16, the company will expand its 4G LTE network in Little Rock, Ark.; Rapid City, S.D.; Clarksville, Tenn.; and San Antonio, plus turn on its 4G LTE network in Cookeville, Tenn.
“As the nation’s largest 4G LTE network, our focus remains on continuing to expand the network while providing our customers with an unmatched 4G experience,” said David Small, chief technical officer of Verizon Wireless. “We remain committed to offering the strongest service available with the same gold standards our customers have come to expect from our reliable 3G network.”
4G LTE Speed and Coverage
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. When customers travel outside of 4G LTE coverage areas, devices automatically connect to Verizon Wireless’ 3G network, enabling customers to stay connected from coast to coast. Verizon Wireless’ 3G network is the most reliable high-speed data 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 area or when they travel to areas already covered by 4G LTE.
4G LTE Markets
On Feb. 16, Verizon Wireless’ 4G LTE network will be available in 196 markets. Visit
for a full list of 4G LTE markets, and additional information about Verizon’s 4G LTE network.

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  1. verizon keeps saying 5-12mbps. i average about 20

    1. In baton rouge it is about 5

    2. I believe it’s because when it’s fully implemented and the vast majority of people are on 4G, that’s what the speeds will be.  The nearest 4G market to me gave me 33-36mbps down and 19 up. 

      Still can’t figure out why Myrtle Beach is the last major market in the Carolinas to not have it. 

  2. they have been testing it here in Dothan, AL for a week now 15 minutes at a time.

  3. San Antonio… not San Antonia

  4. I usually get anywhere from 10 to 22 Mbps down on LTE. Very impressive.

  5. I have friends and family in Hawaii and I just wish that it would cover were they live period. It covers most of the island but it doesn’t cover where they live :(

  6. Cookeville’s 4G has been working for a couple of weeks now. It also reaches Sparta, about 15 miles away.

  7. What I don’t get is why places where the majority of the place’s population are sheep (literally) have LTE access before where I am at.

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