10.10.2012Personal Tech

Verizon 4G LTE Moves UP to Marquette, Michigan

We have some big 4G LTE news to celebrate! Verizon Wireless continues to be a pioneer in the 4G LTE revolution by working to expand our massive network beyond America's densely populated cities to every corner of the United States. We recently chose Marquette, MI as the location of our 400th Verizon Wireless 4G LTE market because Marquette symbolizes our commitment to extend our 4G LTE network to small towns that are quietly tucked away in little-known corners of the country.

Not familiar with Marquette? Here are some fun facts and trivia about the Upper Peninsula’s most populated city.

- Marquette is located on the southern shores of Lake Superior in the north central region of Michigan's Upper Peninsula and is home to approximately 21,000 people.

- The city was recently named by “CBS MoneyWatch” as one of the 10 Best Places to Retire in the United States.

- Marquette got its name on August 21, 1850 to honor French missionary Jacques Marquette, who had explored the region 200 years earlier.

- In the mid-19th century, the city and region began to grow in population based on growth in the area’s rich iron mining industry.

- Marquette is about a three hour drive to the Upper Peninsula’s eastern border with Canada and the town of Sault Ste. Marie and a three-and-a-half hour drive south to the closest larger city, Green Bay, WI, a city with a population of more than 100,000.

- The Upper Peninsula contains 29 percent of Michigan’s land mass, but only 3 percent of its population.

-The city, which covers just less than 20 miles, averages about 150 inches of snow every year. That’s more than 12 feet of snow! Its average high temperature is a chilly 51 degrees and its average low temperature is 35 degrees Fahrenheit.

- Marquette is home to Northern Michigan University and its 9,400 students. The university’s colors are Forest Green and Old Gold. Its mascot is Wildcat Willy.

- The city is home to the world’s largest wooden dome, the Superior Dome, affectionately known as Yooper Dome. The second largest, just one foot smaller, is located in Japan. Just as natives of Indiana are known as Hoosiers, Yooper is the term given to people from the Upper Peninsula.

- The Verizon Wireless service was first made available to Marquette in 2009 when we acquired Alltel. In November of that year, we opened our first store in Marquette and continued to work on expanding our network across the Upper Peninsula, activating 43 new cell sites that year alone.

- In addition to Marquette, Verizon has also established stores in Escanaba, Houghton and Iron Mountain – all Upper Peninsula markets.

Visit www.verizonwireless.com/lte for more information about the Verizon Wireless 4G LTE network and a list of current markets.

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