Another batch of 4G LTE areas have been announced by Verizon and this time, it's a pretty huge list. In total, 28 new markets will be enabled while 11 more will be getting expansions to further improve their already existing coverage. Have a look at the list below and see if your city is listed. If it is, then on May 17th you should be fully enabled for 4G LTE provided you have a compatible device:


  • Thibodaux and Lake Charles, La.
  • Hyannis/Mid-Cape, Mass
  • Benton Harbor/St. Joseph, Mich
  • Biloxi/Gulfport/Pascagoula and Oxford, Miss
  • Atlantic City/Toms River, N.J.
  • Dickinson and Williston, N.D.
  • Ashtabula, Bucyrus and Defiance, Ohio
  • Eugene/Springfield, Ore.
  • Lancaster, New Castle, Northern Cambria County, Oil City/Franklin, Somerset and York, Pa.
  • Myrtle Beach, S.C.
  • Mitchell, S.D.
  • Paris, Texas
  • Burlington/Northern, Vt.
  • Fredericksburg, Harrisonburg, Martinsville and Staunton/Waynesboro, Va.
  • Sheridan, Wyo.


  • Denver, Colo
  • Dover, Del.
  • Fort Myers and Lakeland, Fla.
  • Hagerstown, Md.
  • Canton, Lima, Mansfield, Toledo and Youngstown/Warren, Ohio
  • Erie, Pa.

The full press release is below should you need more info. Find your city on the list? Enjoy your new 4G LTE when it gos live on May 17th.

Source: Verizon Wireless

Verizon Wireless Brings The Speed Of Its 4G LTE Network To 28 New Markets And Expands In 11 Markets On May 17

BASKING RIDGE, NJ — Verizon Wireless, owner of the nation’s largest 4G Long Term Evolution (LTE) network, today announced that it will bring the speed and capabilities of its 4G LTE network to 28 new markets and will expand the network in 11 additional markets on May 17. With the new and expanded markets, the Verizon Wireless 4G LTE network will be available in 258 markets across the United States, covering more than two-thirds of the U.S. population.

In the next seven months, Verizon Wireless will bring its 4G LTE network to more than 140 new markets across the United States. By the end of 2012, the Verizon Wireless 4G LTE network will be available to customers in more than 400 markets, spanning 49 states.

“We continue to move forward with strengthening and expanding our 4G LTE network to offer customers the highest quality of wireless experience in the United States,” said David Small, chief technical officer of Verizon Wireless. “Through steady investment in our network and continued collaboration with our partners, we are furthering the creation of innovative new products and solutions that are propelling our customers and our company into the future of mobile broadband communications.”

On Thursday, May 17, Verizon Wireless will introduce its 4G LTE network in Houma/Thibodaux and Lake Charles, La.; Hyannis/Mid-Cape, Mass.; Benton Harbor/St. Joseph, Mich.; Biloxi/Gulfport/Pascagoula and Oxford, Miss.; Atlantic City/Toms River, N.J.; Dickinson and Williston, N.D.; Ashtabula, Bucyrus and Defiance, Ohio; Eugene/Springfield, Ore.; Lancaster, New Castle, Northern Cambria County, Oil City/Franklin, Somerset and York, Pa.; Myrtle Beach, S.C.; Mitchell, S.D.; Paris, Texas; Burlington/Northern, Vt.; Fredericksburg, Harrisonburg, Martinsville and Staunton/Waynesboro, Va.; and Sheridan, Wyo.

The company will also expand its 4G LTE network in Denver, Colo.; Dover, Del.; Fort Myers and Lakeland, Fla.; Hagerstown, Md.; Canton, Lima, Mansfield, Toledo and Youngstown/Warren, Ohio; and Erie, Pa.

4G LTE Devices, Solutions and Plans

Verizon Wireless offers the largest selection of 4G LTE devices, ranging from tablets, mobile hotspots, smartphones and more. The recently announced DROID INCREDIBLE 4G LTE by HTC, available in the coming weeks, enhances the customer experience through high-quality photo and audio capabilities. The blue DROID RAZR™ by Motorola will also be available in stores and online beginning May 17. With the expansion of the company’s network, more people across the United States will be able to take advantage of the LTE speeds offered by the nation’s fastest 4G network, enabling them to communicate faster and easier with family, friends and colleagues.

Verizon Wireless also recently introduced HomeFusion℠ Broadband, a solution that leverages the power and speed of the Verizon Wireless 4G LTE network to deliver high-speed, in-home Internet access for residential broadband, particularly in areas where Internet options are limited or are not currently available.

Details on available devices can be found at and information on plans and pricing is available at

4G LTE Speed

In real-world, fully loaded network environments, 4G LTE users should experience average data rates of 5 to 12 megabits per second (Mbps) on the downlink and 2 to 5 Mbps on the uplink. When customers travel outside of 4G LTE coverage areas, devices automatically connect to Verizon Wireless’ 3G network, where available, enabling customers to stay connected from coast to coast. Verizon Wireless’ 3G network is the most reliable high-speed data network in the country and allows customers in 3G coverage areas who purchase 4G LTE devices today to take advantage of 4G LTE speeds when the faster network becomes available in their area or when they travel to areas already covered by Verizon Wireless’ 4G LTE network.

4G LTE Markets

On May 17, the Verizon Wireless 4G LTE network will be available in 258 markets across the United States. Visit for a full list of 4G LTE markets and additional information on the Verizon Wireless 4G LTE network. For street-level detail of coverage and more please visit

About Verizon Wireless

Verizon Wireless operates the nation’s largest 4G LTE network and largest, most reliable 3G network. The company serves 93.0 million retail customers, including 88.0 million retail postpaid customers. Headquartered in Basking Ridge, N.J., with 80,000 employees nationwide, Verizon Wireless is a joint venture of Verizon Communications (NYSE, NASDAQ: VZ) and Vodafone (LSE, NASDAQ: VOD). For more information, visit To preview and request broadcast-quality video footage and high-resolution stills of Verizon Wireless operations, log on to the Verizon Wireless Multimedia Library at


Reader comments

Verizon lighting up 28 new 4G LTE markets, expanding 11 more on May 17


I wish they would continue the expansion in my neck of the wood. In the major metropolitan area of Washington state, I'd get excellent speed. But when I go home, 45 miles away, toward the fringe area of Snohomish, it's 8-10 at most, if I'm outside, and 4-5Mbps inside if I'm lucky. So glad for FIOS at home.

I'm starting to really think twice about staying with Sprint. They really need to get off their butts and start lighting up some LTE areas where people can use them with the new phones now on sale. The fact that Verizon has pretty much all of Sprints 3g network lit up with LTE before Sprint has turned on the switch for 1 city is ridiculous.

I agree Grip....Sprint is lighting up..what 5 cities? If they don't come hard and fast Verizon will just leave them in the dust.

Leave everyone in the dust really.

That's a major reason why I left Sprint. I was tired of the "coming soon" nonsense they keep pulling. When their Wimax network came to my area, it was a complete joke. I got every excuse under the sun for why it was that way. I would have loved to stay on and grab the new EVO, but what's the point with their network getting progressively worse, and no ETA for LTE in my area? Verizon is lighting up markets left and right while every other national carrier is struggling to keep up.

My issue is there really isn't a desirable phone on Verizon imo. Galaxy Nexus is the closest ...but the camera...ugh.

I just left sprint friday!!! I too waited for sprint to bring 4g to my area (detroit) and it was never going to happen. They kept saying (Oh its coming you just wait) well 2 years later and they say well now we are switching to LTE and its comming soon. yah right. I switched to Verizon friday and am loving it so far.
Im getting between 10 and 18 meg download. Sprint told me that I would be sorry becuse now Im limited to 4gig data but in all the years I had sprint I never got close to 4Gig its hard to reach 4gig when you never have signal and when you do its only .3 meg at best.

Yep. Sprint is going to have quite a challenge to keep up with Verizon's head start now. Let's hope they go for broke and push out faster than we have ever seen. If they don't, they might not have any more future. Many of us are VERY tired of waiting for 4G while being stuck on overloaded 3G. If the 3G speeds were consistently high, I probably wouldn't even care. But when they are often in the 200 range, it is painful.

All that's left to do is expand the coverage to the western part of South FL, and enhance the signal, and I'll have 4G everywhere I go. Currently I can get it at home and outside of my office, but not inside.

Same here in Indianapolis. I seem to get 4G almost everywhere I go (depending on the day :P), but it's very spotty. I've always felt that Verizon just pushes as much as they can out the door and ignores the polish. Like for example, in the southern part of Indianapolis, you just can't get any signal at all indoors. Heck, even outside it's so crappy that you can't even make a data connection for the most part. So though it's generally like that everywhere in regards to indoor reception, I wish they'd polish their coverage a bit before they start slapping 4G around my city at random.

Doesn't surprise me although I Bismarck was supposed to get it soon but Williston and Dickinson get it first. I love it in Fargo but it needs to expand in Fargo.

I think that there were many new towers put up in the oil field, all 4G I'm sure. My Gnex is waiting for some Bis 4G love

Wow! Leave it to Big Red to be a day late and a dollar short on their press releases! We've had 4G in the Oil City/Franklin areas for probably 3 weeks now! Mighty fast, too, I might add. I think they got their wires crossed. Lol!

They always turn it on a few weeks before the press release goes out. Probably so they can test it first.

Still nothing in Ventura County, CA. We are completely surrounded by 4G LTE but not here. What in hell are tgey waiting for? #pissed

So... They lit up LTE literally the next town over from me and I'm stuck on Sprint.... Ugh... Man, this is ridiculous for me. I would switch but I really like unlimited albeit slow data. I have 99 problems and a data cap ain't one.

Yes,it does in a sense make you feel a bit better about you bill when you see your money being reinvested into "The Network". More Kool-Aid, Please...........

It's nice to see Verizon bringing a big number of markets onto LTE at once! 28 is a lot for a rollout. Let's see how long before AT&T and Sprint catch up.

Nice! 4G when I visit my parents in Ft. Myers. Just wish they would light up Hampton, GA (you would think they would want the home of Atlanta Motor Speedway to be as fast as Nascar)!

Come BigRed come to northern caliifornia...
I heard june for flipping the switch for Chico,Redding area.. we will just c i...

And this is exactly why I joined Verizon.
They're not lazy like ATT, ATT has the revenue just like Verizon does, but Verizon was first with LTE, so I left ATT.

Oil City sure sounds like a fun place to grow up.

Kid: "Mom, why is my glass of water so brown?"
Mom: "Oh, it's fine. Here. Use a fork."

For the love of God, will you please add Melbourne, FL to the 4G LTE network?!! There are a lot of big companies here - Harris, LiveTV...ok, that's about it, but those are two huge companies...and I'd really like to get 4G LTE too.

lte 4g has been in the houma la area for over a month and hasn't been on any list. the best speed i got on my nexus is 32 mbps

Verizon needs to work on strengthening their current 3G coverage in some of these areas before adding 4G. I frequent in the Ashtabula OH area but live in Erie PA. While coverage is fine in Erie, Ashtabula is a constant dead zone for the most part

Paris, Texas before Laredo, Texas!? Really? A city with population of approx 25,000 people gets 4g before a city with 250,000?

Its fast too! We have had it for a couple of weeks now actually. Like you, I was shocked when it happened..figured we would be the very last place to get it!

I wish they'd realize that unstable coverage is terrible on battery life. In Indianapolis, we're supposedly lit up with LTE. However, it's very spotty. It's like they had a child place 4G towers around here. Like, seriously, I can go down south with full 4G coverage, drop to 2 bars of 3G then back to full 4G, back to 1 or 2 bars of 3G, 1 bar of 4G, a dead zone then full 4G coverage again. Don't even get me started on indoor reception... It's awful. At my mom's, it's so terrible (in the middle of Indianapolis!) I can't even make calls for the most part. Also, my battery drops from 100 to 0 in all of an hour and a half.

Long story short, they map looks nice but realistically they're trying to beat everyone to the punch for the sake of being first. When I was on AT&T, we didn't have 3G everywhere, but the areas that did were covered perfectly. There was no half-assery.