Verizon finished setting up its network in Parkersburg, W.Va., bringing 4G LTE to 500 markets in the United States. Verizon Wireless said in a press release that its 4G LTE network now covers 99% of its 3G network and includes 298 million people, more than 95% of the U.S. population.
This week, Verizon celebrated the nationwide network with activities in Parkersburg. The company planned a citywide scavenger hunt and held a special event at the Blennerhassett Hotel, a national landmark in the town. Verizon also said it's donating $50,000 in HopeLine grants to programs that fight domestic violence.
Verizon said the new 4G LTE network is significant to the lives of residents who receive the service. "From providing emergency responders with the ability to share vital electrocardiogram (EKG) results in real-time with hospital personnel, to connecting children unable to attend school with their classroom via telepresence robots and even catching your favorite NFL team in action via NFL Mobile, 4G LTE is transforming lives," the company said in a statement.