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Verizon Wireless Picks W. Virginia LTE Launch Markets

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Oct 21, 2010, 7:18 AM   by Eric M. Zeman   @phonescooper
updated Oct 21, 2010, 9:04 AM

Verizon Wireless today said it plans to hold a press conference to provide more details its Long Term Evolution network launch in West Virginia. Verizon said it will provide LTE coverage in 10 metropolitan areas across West Virginia. Charleston will be the first city to be lit up, followed by others later this year and through 2013. Verizon plans to have 38 markets and 60 airports covered by LTE by the end of 2010, offering 4G broadband to approximately 110 million POPS. Verizon didn't say exactly when LTE will go live in Charleston.

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Oct 21, 2010, 9:38 AM

West Virginia is a perfect case study

Have any of you ever looked at a topographical map of West Virgina? It's a mess! A good friend of mine lived out there for a few years and West Virginia is a logistical nightmare for many reasons because it's nothing but hills!

To build an airport in West Virgina, you find two hills that are close together, cut the top of each mountain off and push all the dirt into the valley between the two hills, thereby creating a decent flat spot to land a plane on... it's absolutely nuts. Look at all the curves and weird angles that all the rivers and state highways follow. In many areas of the state, you have to actually drive 4 miles to get some place that's only 2 miles away because it's physically impractical to build a road that goes direct...
You had a great comment going until your brain diahrreah kicked in the first line of the last paragraph.
The physical geography lesson from the web is quite good in fact.
When you attempted to label and stereotype the population demographic, your ig...
I agree that this will be a great test. I have a couple of questions though.

1) With the 700Mhz spectrum only slightly off of VZW's current spectrum usage, how will this play out as far as defeating the line of sight? I realize you did place an emp...
I've always wondered why wireless technology was not tested in places such as my home state of West Virginia more often. 85% of our population is concentrated within a 90 minute or less drive from Charleston, there's plenty of open land to build tower...
"If it works, which is a pretty big if, then thousands of rural West Virginia rednecks are going to have 4G service in areas where 2G service or even land-line service were simply impossible to deploy."

So the possibility exists that they would hav...

Oct 21, 2010, 7:45 AM


Buena Vista County, Iowa for the launch market...now that's the corn fields, perfect for the farmers wanting to get a dose of LTE Laughing
i agree...why the hell would vzw decide to make wv their first place to launch lte.just stupid. they should have added north dakota in that launch.
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