Verizon Wireless customers in the city of Marquette have wondered for quite some time when the city would receive 4G wireless service.
The wait is now over.
The company launched its 4G LTE network in the city this afternoon.
It also donated $10,000 to the Women’s Center and Harbor House.
Women’s Center board vice president Pat Micklow says organizations helping domestic violence victims are dealing with federal and state funding reductions.
She also says they’ve seen more demand for their services in the last few years, and they wouldn’t be able to continue to meet the demand without community support like this.
4G LTE service is ten times faster than 3G wireless service.
Marquette is the 400th U.S. market to have a Verizon Wireless 4G LTE network activated.
Verizon Wireless regional president T.J. Fox says this is not the end of the network’s expansion into the U.P.
He says the company plans to continue adding communities in the U.P. and northern Wisconsin to the network in the near future.
Marquette is the second city in the U.P. to have a 4G wireless network, joining Houghton.
Verizon Wireless launched 4G LTE networks in 21 U.S. cities today.
The Women’s Center donation was part of $44,000 that the company donated today to U.P. domestic violence agencies.
Verizon Wireless also gave $7,000 worth of equipment to NMU in the form of twenty new Samsung tablets.
It also gave ten new 4G LTE-capable smartphones to local customers who took part in a scavenger hunt.