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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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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.

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