PADUCAH, Ky. (April 18, 2013) — Verizon Wireless today became the first wireless carrier to launch 4G Long Term Evolution (LTE) in Paducah. Beginning this morning, customers who visit or live in the Paducah area can use their Verizon 4G LTE devices to surf the Internet, stream music and video, and stay in touch with family, friends and colleagues at speeds up to 10 times faster than on the 3G network. With the Paducah launch, the Verizon Wireless 4G LTE network is now available in 491 markets across the United States, covering 91 percent of the population.
The coverage for Verizon Wireless 4G LTE includes the area within the Paducah city limits, and extends as far as Reidland to the east, Brookport to the north, Lone Oak to the south and Heath to the west.
At a launch ceremony this morning, Verizon also donated a locally-made quilt it had commissioned to Merryman House Domestic Violence Shelter, along with a $4,000 grant, in acknowledgement of Quilt Week in Paducah and as part of Verizon’s commitment to supporting programs to prevent domestic violence and assist its survivors. The quilt was crafted by Martha Mize of All About Quilts in Paducah.
Paducah Police Chief James Berry helped Verizon with a ceremonial “flipping of the switch,” marking the launch of the 4G LTE network at a news conference this morning. Verizon had loaned several emergency responder agencies, including the Paducah Police department, wireless phones and modems during the ice storm of 2009, which caused massive power outages across Western Kentucky and left many without working mobile devices. The back-up generators Verizon installs at virtually all its cell sites helped keep its network running throughout the aftermath of the ice storm.
On April 27, from 10 a.m. to noon, consumers will have a chance to win one of five Samsung Galaxy Stratosphere II 4G LTE smartphones at a 4G LTE launch party at the Verizon Wireless store at 5017 Hinkleville Road, adjacent to Kentucky Oaks Mall.