Verizon announces 4G LTE network enhancements and upcoming expansions

Alex Wagner
Editorial Director of News and Content from  Omaha, NE
| Published: July 9, 2012

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Good news this evening for Verizon customers, as the big red carrier has announced several enhancements to its 4G LTE network as well as some expansions and new markets that'll be going live soon. Many of the expansions cover portions of the U.S. from the Midwest to the East, but there are some new markets in Idaho and Montana included to mix things up just a bit. Many of the LTE network enhancements have already gone live, but the new and expanded markets are listed as going live either on July 19 or in the coming weeks. The full list is available at the bottom of this post.

As we've noted in the past, Verizon typically spreads its LTE expansion announcements throughout the month before the date that it actually flips its switch, so don't be surprised if the carrier reveals more areas that'll soon be gaining LTE coverage later in July. Verizon has said that it hopes to have its LTE network in 400 U.S. markets before the end of 2012. The last time it expanded its coverage, Big Red said that it had reached a total of 304 cities, so the carrier is definitely on its way to reaching that goal. Are any of you located in one of the markets on the list below?

New markets

  • Columbus, Ga. (coming weeks)
  • Rome, Ga. (coming weeks)
  • Idaho Falls, Rexburg and Burley, Idaho (coming weeks)
  • Manhattan, Junction City, and Wamego, Kan. (July 19)
  • McPherson, Kan. (July 19)
  • St. Joseph, Mo. (July 19, includes Savannah, Amazonia, Country Club, Easton, Gower, Stewartsville, Cameron, Amity, Winston, Gallatin, Jamesport, Bethany, Ridgeway, Eagleville, Mt. Moriah, Princeton and Mercer)
  • Bozeman, Kalispell and Missoula, Mont. (coming weeks)


  • North of Wichita, Kan. (July 19, includes Newton and Andale, Kan.)
  • Kansas City, Mo. (coming weeks, will cover Holt, Kearney, Platte City, Peculiar, Dearborn and Trimble in Missouri as well as Gardner, DeSoto, Lansing and Leavenworth in Kansas)
  • Southwest Missouri (July 19, includes Buffalo, Rogersville, Ash Grove, Walnut Grove, Shell Knob, Emerald Beach and Blue Eye)


  • Bethany, Conn. (already live)
  • Heath, Ohio (already live)
  • Abington, Mass. (already live)
  • Millbury, Mass. (already live)
  • Natick and Wellesley, Mass. (already live)
  • Rutland, Mass. (already live)
  • New York's Capital District (already live, includes Albany, Schenectady, Saratoga Springs, Altamont, Berne, Brunswick, Clifton Park, Coeymans, Cohoes, Delanson, Delmar, Galway, Knox and Westerlo)
  • Buffalo-Niagara area, N.Y. (already live, includes Buffalo, Niagara Falls, Amherst, Brant, North Collins and Dunkirk)
  • Utica-Rome area, N.Y. (already live, includes Utica, New Hartford and Whitesboro)
  • Binghamton area, N.Y. (already live, includes Binghamton and Port Crane in N.Y. and Tioga and Elkland in Pennsylvania)
  • Syracuse area, N.Y. (already live, includes Syracuse, Cicero, Clay, Cortland and Sullivan)

Via Verizon