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Verizon to Launch Public LTE Trial

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WASHINGTON, June 22, 2010 – Verizon Wireless has officially ended its technical trials of super speedy technology known as Long Term Evolution, or LTE, and has now decided to move onto user trials.

“Technical trials are staged [and] tiered in accordance with industry standards. They’re [now] completed” said David Clevenger, executive director of public affairs.

The trials were being held in Boston and Seattle. Users were able to achieve download speeds of 5-12 Mbps and upload speeds of 2-5 mbps. In comparison, 3G technology is only able to achieve 1.5 Mpbs down and .5 Mbps up.

“Verizon Wireless is tapping select users in select cities for the friendly user trials, but is not disclosing details about these users” said Michelle Gilbert, a Verizon public relations representative.

Verizon released the following video in April about its trial in Boston.

Rahul Gaitonde has been writing for since the fall of 2009, and in May of 2010 he became Deputy Editor. He was a fellow at George Mason University’s Long Term Governance Project, a researcher at the International Center for Applied Studies in Information Technology and worked at the National Telecommunications and Information Administration. He holds a Masters of Public Policy from George Mason University, where his research focused on the economic and social benefits of broadband expansion. He has written extensively about Universal Service Fund reform, the Broadband Technology Opportunities Program and the Broadband Data Improvement Act

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