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Verizon Announces Improved Mobile Broadband for Alaska

By Jeremy Thacker

Extended mobile broadband service is on its way to Alaska’s rural communities!

That’s the news from Verizon Wireless as the company looks to partner with several rural carriers in the state.

Matanuska Telephone Association (MTA) is one of those rural carriers. MTA’s Chief Executive Greg Berberich says that customers will be the real winners: “We are very excited about this partnership. Our decision to deploy LTE technology ensures that we will be able to offer our customers the same state of the art LTE network capabilities that are being deployed in larger urban markets in the United States and around the world. This will result in enhanced high speed data services for our customers locally and when traveling away from home.”

Verizon will provide the service network and support. Local Alaska carriers, like MTA, will provide some of the equipment that delivers the service to customers and do local branding and marketing.

The expanded mobile broadband coverage is part of Verizon’s LTE in Rural America program. Company representatives say the program gives local Alaska carriers a reliable and speedy network to offer customers a new alternative for mobile phone and broadband service.

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