Hey, are you some of the 40% of Americans who don't have high-speed Internet? Is it because the price is too high? Are you too far out in a rural area that no service is available to you? Well, if you're the former, this news won't help you. However, the people in the latter, prepare to rejoice as we have some news this week that will brighten your day in the same way upgrading your modem from 28.8 to 56k did!
We have the details after the break.
Verizon Wireless has announced this week that it will use its wireless 4G LTE service to bring high-speed Internet to rural and far out (no hippie) residences that currently do not get DSL or cable.
Their new service, entitled HomeFusion, will also be available to customers who only have DSL as an option, as this connection would be much faster. HomeFusion will also be perfect for those using the satellite Internet connections, which could be slower than 56k modem speeds at times.
How does it work? Using the 4G LTE towers in the area - Verizon Wireless is rapidly expanding their coverage - and a $200 antenna the size of a 5-gallon bucket that is professionally installed onto your home (free installation), you can be up and running with speeds as high as 30 Mb/s in no time. Your speed may vary.
All of this great new high-speed data will only run you $60 for 10GB, which is roughly what current wireless subscribers to LTE are paying. Upgrades are available and for $90 you can get 20GB, with 30GB costing you $120 with $10 per GB over your limit in overage fees.
Dallas, Nashville and Birmingham will be the first cities to get this new technology with more to be added later this month. By the end of the year, Verizon would like to see it in all places that currently have 4G LTE coverage.
We've seen companies like Clear hit cities with this service already, however, nobody has ever used 4G LTE to do it before, let alone reach out to the rural areas like Havana, FL, where I used to reside. We couldn't get anything except satellite out there for the longest time!
If you are like how I used to be, are you going to try HomeFusion? Seems like a great idea for the everyday Internet user. Let us know in the comments what you think!