Verizon To Start Delivering 4G LTE Broadband To Rural Houses Across America

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vrmlbasic

Isn't this subsidized by the Federal government?

If my taxes are going to help people who aren't lucky enough to get FiOS have some form of better internet service, and they are, I want it to not bind those people to abysmally low data caps.

Though I'm not much of an altruist, so I'd rather both my Verizon bill and my taxes go to improving my internet service, upping FiOS speeds across the board and adding more towers so 4g service is available in more places and with greater available bandwidth so that data caps could be eased.

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Markitzero

I don't think it is because I have seen were I live is that Verizon does not want to take advantage of the money that the Goverment gives for this. I have talked to someone that I mentioned earlier down below that Verizon wanted to charge this dude over $2,000+ for him to get a standard phoneline for even Dial-up or Voice, there is a grants from the FCC for that purpose.

With the old style of Telecommunication grants for getting Copper lines into rural Area and the FCC found out that the Telecoms were not using the cash properly because there was nothing for the Companies to show what they have done. So alot of companies were lining there pockets with the cash and it does not get used for what they were ment for.

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vrmlbasic

Sadly, this is the result of the FCC screwing with the wireless market again. They're contributing 300 million bucks of tax money to this cause, with the expectation (read mandate) that the private companies (eg:Verizon) cover the rest of the costs themselves.

Further Googling shows that Verizon has been given 19.7 million of this money. I suppose I'm not surprised then at the data caps and the high fees as while I'm no expert, I doubt that <$20 Million is even a drop in the bucket for this venture.

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praack

I still look at wonder at the dark fiber line at the base of my cousin's driveway in NC- in fact the dark fiber at the base of ALL her neighbors driveway as well.

she still has to go into town to the library for internet- dark fiber for 10 + years put in with federal money and no internet yet.

progress

this 4g solution would not be a help- they would look at the dark fiber- figure out how much tax money was put in play to get it there- then look at what they would get by paying out high amounts of money- then chuck it and still go into town to the library to use the internet

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Markitzero

try this were I am there is a Verizon level 3 communications trunkline under 200feet from my house and I am no zoned for it. If I had access to it I could get better internet. There is broadband fiber within reach and I can't use it at all so all they offer in my area is Dial-up.

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bling581

This is fine if you're just going to check your email, but I would've gone over my cap some months just downloading a single game I purchased through Steam or Origin. Not to mention my heavy use of Netflix and Hulu.

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Vausch

I lived in an area that would require this internet for a long while, being constricted to satellite internet with a 7.5gb cap for 50 bucks a month. Verizon, I'd hate this service less but I'd still have a grudge for such a little cap.

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Eoraptor

well, even at those prices it beats the hell out of bluesky and Hughes net and other satellite options clocking in under a half meg either way

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dedgar

I can get Verizon cell service where I live in the country side.
However, to get that signal I have to be on top of the roof of my two story house. Or stand in the one place outside I have found that gets a reflected signal.

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goodtime

If anyone is looking for truly unlimited 3g internet for home, Millenicom. They use Sprints towers.
However, this would be quite a bit faster. hmmmm....

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Markitzero

in alot of rural areas 3G can be as slow as Dial-up, were I live I can barely reach ISDN Speed, about 1 year or so ago I was on 3G and 99% of the time I would get 16.6Kbps preformance and throughput of 33.6-56Kbps, I was on VirginMobile 3G Broadband2Go I couldn't use even a 33Kbps Audio stream without lagging out.

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goodtime

yeah, I remember when I first got Millenicom it was around 1mbs, then it gradually got slower and slower to about dial up speeds, then it went back up (new tower? idk) and now it's gradually getting slower again.

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Nailer669

As someone that only has access to 3G or satellite, this would be great! Unfortunately, my VZW store had no idea what I was talking about. They said 4G was coming in June, so maybe this is it. Beggers can't be choosers. I have an ancient truly unlimited 3G plan, so I'm not looking forward to the new pricing policy, but as I typically burn through 15GB a month, I'll pay a little more for faster speeds.

It's either that or pay $20,000 to Time Warner to run cable to my house or pay $1,0000,000 to the phone company for the new hardware and fiber to the house.

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Markitzero

the trouble is with Rural Areas and broadband is that the Big Broadband companies don't see it profitable to upgrade at all that is why there are spots in the USA were people are stuck on 28kbps still today and somespot can't even get Satellite internet which is worst then Dial-up. There is some spots with services that will brigde the Digital Divide like companies that provide WiMAX or Microwave based solutions

Were I live I heard that there was going to be no Fiber upgrades for the out laying areas were I am. Verizon wanted to charge this one guy $5,000US+ just to run copper out to his house. Basicly Verizon were I live does not want to touch the switching station and does not Allow Dry DSL that is DSL without the phone service you would have to have both.

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tehLazyNinja

When these companies decide to stop playing games and offer practical plans, I'll be listening. Until then, I'm not jumping up and down.

In fact I might start walking into stores and ask for 6MB/S unlimited for 20/month. If they can't offer me that, then so long. 4G? 2GB on my phone for 15 and I only want 250 minutes of talk time. That's right. 2GB, 250 minutes for 30/month total. If you can't meet it, too bad. Time for the consumer to take back some control.

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Markitzero

Were I live I am on a Microwave solution and I payless for that then what verizon is charging. I pay $56 for 5Mbps and 75GB with a sudo cap with 3 stage throttle 1st stage slow down to 2Mbps for 5GB after that 2nd 1Mbps for 5GBs then 3rd service is turned off for rest of month. When i moved were I am back in 2009 there was DSL before I moved then after I got moved and got settled all they could offer me is Dial-up. I paid $80, $70 for Basic Phoneline and $10 for ISP which was NetZero. 2 years after I moved were I am I heard through word of mouth about Wisprenn, I get 2-5ms to tower and to a California Server 15-40ms ping.

There is no Contracts or Overages

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Kazz

We don't even have access to 4G LTE yet for our damn phones. This in a metro area of 100,000+. How do you think the rural communities are going to have it?

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goodtime

Oddly enough, I live in a rural area and I have it. (I'm on the edge though)

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someuid

Yeah, I'm not sure what they mean by rural and not having dial-up. My father-in-law lives in a small 60 person town in North Dakota and the local telephone co-op has put fiber to every house with no data caps for something like $40-$50 a month.

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Markitzero

were i am in California there is more people in my town then your father-in-law and all Verizon offers is Dial-up that syncs up from 33.6-48.0 with HIGH packet loss. Wireless is the only broadband in my area there is no DSL or Cable.

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kixofmyg0t

5 to 12Mbps?? Ummm I live 40 miles away from a LTE city and I still pick it up and get 25Mbps with 70ms ping on my DROID Bionic.

Love that $30 Unlimited 4G LTE.

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pastorbob

Not sure what the big deal is. I live in a small rural town of 700 people and I have had 6 Mbps service avaiable where I live for over three years. And it isn't reliant on cell towers to get it. But the company that provides it does have a series of towers (not cell) throughout the county that interface to Verizon's trunkline. Even during the highest traffic hours I have no trouble streaming Netflix or VUDU to my network and TV. And it only costs me $48.95 per month with no data caps. The install was only $40.00. My wife and I watch streaming shows five or more evenings a week and I work out several mornings a week while watching them. In all of the time we have had this service there has only been one outage (due to a lightning strike) and it only lasted a couple of hours. Most of the residents in the county have tossed Frontier Communications DSL service for this service because it is so much faster and more reliable.

In every test and benchmark I have thrown at it it is consistenly 6 Mbps SUSTAINED speed. This compared to my brother-in-law who lives in a metro area, has so called 50 mbps from a well known cable provider and can't even stand to browse the internet or access Facebook because it is so slow and iffy.

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b8284

So now my cousin in Nebraska can pay 60 bucks to stream Netflix for a few hours a month, then get killed with overage costs if he's not careful with his usage? No thanks. What a c-tease. An INSANELY expensive c-tease.

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jimm

By dfinition rural has bad cell service,is this supposed to some how magicaly increase the signal strength to our house?

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Peanut Fox

My guess is that this would be a high grade antenna versus what a person would have in their cell phone.

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Peanut Fox

I'd prefer that they just rolled out FIOS to average metro areas. Mainly the one I'm in :P

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goodtime

...show some sympathy. People in rural areas have NOTHING but dial up in most cases. Compared to what I have now (unlimited 3g $80/month, aren't I lucky?) basic dsl would be amazing.

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