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Will be available in nearly 150 U.S. cities by year's end

While many are hoping the AT&T acquisition of T-Mobile will mean a quicker LTE roll-out for that company, Verizon continues to blaze the 4G trail.

Verizon Wireless announced yesterday that an additional 59 markets will see the company's high-speed LTE network by year's end, bringing the total to 147 U.S. cities.

"Aggressively expanding this powerful network beyond major metro areas reflects the reality that the 4G LTE ecosystem is growing quickly," David Small, chief technical officer for Verizon Wireless, said in a press release. "Our commitment to reach deep into medium-sized cities and smaller communities by the end of 2011 means the power of 4G LTE can be harnessed and provide advanced services to law enforcement, healthcare workers, educators, and other professionals, as well as to individual consumers, sooner than many thought possible."

Verizon launched the HTC Thunderbolt, the first LTE smartphone on the network, last week. And the current number one wireless provider in the United States is working with rural companies "to collaboratively build and operate a 4G network in those areas using the tower and backhaul assets of the rural company and Verizon Wireless’ core 4G LTE equipment and premium 700 MHz spectrum."

Verizon's LTE network is already available to 110 million people across 40 metropolitan areas, covering swaths of Florida, California, New York, Texas, and Ohio, as well as Phoenix, Denver, Washington, D.C., Atlanta, Chicago, Detroit, New Orleans, Baltimore, St. Louis, Las Vegas, Seattle, and others.

For a full list of areas to be covered by year's end, check out the press release.

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By Grumpy1 on 3/24/11, Rating: 0
I'm tired of corporations...
By TheRequiem on 3/23/11, Rating: -1
RE: I'm tired of corporations...
By GeekWithFire on 3/23/2011 11:22:22 AM , Rating: 3
And I hope they keep making too much. They hire employees and ARE the economy.

RE: I'm tired of corporations...
By TheRealArdrid on 3/23/11, Rating: 0
By woofersus on 3/23/2011 12:52:44 PM , Rating: 2
You realize "corporations" just refers to a type of business organization, right? Are you simply advocating less business in general? How would that make us better off? Maybe they should all close and fire everybody in order to benefit the country. After all, the EU has shown us that governments can just hire everybody with no adverse affect on their tax base. (sarcasm)

Layoffs suck, but it's a reality of a free job market. While I don't condone executives who make selfish decisions at the expense of the company and its employees, a company seeking to maximize profit is the only healthy way to operate. Profits mean growth, which means more jobs. Cost savings mean lower prices, which is economically the same as higher income for customers. It's time to recognize the difference between profit seeking activities and "greed" in an immoral sense.

RE: I'm tired of corporations...
By Solandri on 3/23/2011 1:02:39 PM , Rating: 2
And then lay those same employees off in order to squeeze out more and more profit, not because they need to but because they're greedy and simply want more.

And employees switch jobs not because they need to but because they're greedy and simply want more.

The combination of the above two is what drives the market and technology forward. If you're unable to keep up, then you're either too lazy or too stupid to improve yourself at the same rate that everyone else is. (you = employees and corporations) The company doesn't exist for the employee, and the employee doesn't exist for the company. They both have something the other wants, and are simply temporarily partnering with each other for their mutual benefit. When either party feels the arrangement is no longer beneficial, they are free to terminate the partnership.

I'm all for social safety nets like unemployment and a few years of welfare, because sometimes you do get unlucky and end up on hard times through no or little fault of your own. I have no problems with providing assistance to give people time to pick themselves up off the floor when that happens. Heck, even if it was entirely your fault, I have no problem helping you get back on your feet - presumably you learned something and won't make that mistake again. But it's ludicrous to suggest that we could improve things by dismantling the engine which has propelled mankind to more technological progress in the last 100 years than in the previous 5,000+.
This country would be better off with less corporations or, at the very least, a significant curtailing of the amount of influence they possess.

A corporation is simply a group of people agreeing to work together. As a group of people, they should have more influence than a single individual.

Where the problem has crept in is that influence now comes from money, instead of from votes. The problem is not corporations per se; it's money. We need to diminish the importance of money in politics.

RE: I'm tired of corporations...
By FITCamaro on 3/23/2011 1:55:13 PM , Rating: 2
And employees switch jobs not because they need to but because they're greedy and simply want more.

I guess wanting to be happy with what they're doing or work too much for too little pay don't ever factor into it.

By theapparition on 3/24/2011 7:31:22 AM , Rating: 2
Your example can be completely subjective. A bad job with too many hours for one may be a better job for someone else.

Facts are that companies that don't provide good working enviroments nor pay thier employees well will slowly die as thier talent pool and innovation shrinks. It is only in the companies best interest to attract and pay for qualified individuals.

One the flip side, companies that lose money will find themselves out of business with all employees on the street begging for the government's handouts. It's a fine balance between maintaining and paying for the best talent, and also having enough money at the end of the day to actually pay them.

RE: I'm tired of corporations...
By vazili on 3/23/2011 12:02:16 PM , Rating: 1
and they bring down the cost of everything...

RE: I'm tired of corporations...
By TheRequiem on 3/23/11, Rating: 0
RE: I'm tired of corporations...
By FITCamaro on 3/23/2011 1:52:26 PM , Rating: 2
Because 10,000 mom and pop operations all working together are going to provide nationwide phone and internet coverage like Verizon does right?

RE: I'm tired of corporations...
By The Insolent One on 3/23/2011 3:08:32 PM , Rating: 1
When you're given a regional franchise, a guarantee that you are the sole operator of a particular piece of infrastructure, that's as close to being given a money tree as possible.

If 10,000 mom and pop operations were able to compete to build-out infrastructure for their local village, and provide service, we would have 9,999 more opportunities for innovation and pushing the envelope. True the scale for each wouldn't be there, but our country got here on the backs of the mom and pop, not on oligopolies or monopolies.

I can guarantee that the customer service would be better and the money earned would be spent and returned to the local area rather than thousands of miles away.

RE: I'm tired of corporations...
By smackababy on 3/23/2011 4:22:12 PM , Rating: 2
And who is going to pay for this to be built? Mom and Pop operations don't get investors backing them for the (almost certainly very good) chance at profits.

By DanNeely on 3/23/2011 4:37:33 PM , Rating: 2
That's especially true for buildout beyond the most built up areas. A mom and pop cell company in NYC wouldn't have any problems getting enough customers signed up. One based in a sparsely populated area along an interstate would have major problems doing so, despite being in a medium priority area for a national carrier (lots of customers drive through the area). One in a sparsely populated area away from a major highway would be even more hopeless, while the major networks put a lot of money into expanding into these areas because 'biggest network' is a valuable asset for marketing ("well I might be in one of those places sometime"). You'd also have a huge amount of administrative overhead due to most calls being roaming driving up costs all around.

RE: I'm tired of corporations...
By FITCamaro on 3/23/2011 1:53:42 PM , Rating: 1
I know right?

Damn them for providing millions of people with jobs so they can feed their families and provide for themselves.

By cjohnson2136 on 3/23/2011 3:42:42 PM , Rating: 2
Agreed its such a horrible thing they do by providing those jobs

RE: I'm tired of corporations...
By mars2k on 3/24/2011 11:31:30 AM , Rating: 1
All of you goobers have drunk the cool-aide. I don’t hate corporations but I don’t believe in sugar coating the reality of what corporations are.

Yes corporations provide jobs and yes they provide services. However those things are the necessary evils of making profits. Corporations do not want to provide either unless the absolutely have to in order to make a buck. Corporations by their very nature are not benevolent. If a corporation where actually human it would be classified as a sociopath. No remorse. No human feeling whatsoever only a relentless drive for profit.

Do you know, American Airlines has an entire platoon of fresh young business grads who have been hired specifically to identify ways of charging for things most people would never think of? They are there to wring every last dime out of the poor slob that has to travel from point a to point b. They will be charging for air soon.

All industries spend millions of dollars a year to hire the very best politicians to change the laws of the land in their favor. Who benefits? Not consumers (by the way that’s you and me).

ATT didn't buy T-Mobile just to provide better service they did it to eliminate a low cost competitor. Once the merger is complete try to find an unlimited data plan for the same price. Monopolies do not have to respond to market pressure if they own the entire market.

Another case in point is the hydrocarbon industry they spend $BILLIONS annually to make sure no one figures out we don’t really need them. Or wouldn’t if we spent some of their $10 billion annual subsidy from the government on other things. Ha we give them money and they spend it keeping us addicted to their product. Sociopathic! And we fall for it every year because people like you spew this nonsensical brainwashing to anyone that listens.

"Intel is investing heavily (think gazillions of dollars and bazillions of engineering man hours) in resources to create an Intel host controllers spec in order to speed time to market of the USB 3.0 technology." -- Intel blogger Nick Knupffer

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