GREAT BEND, KS — Verizon Wireless today announced customers will have greater access to its 4G Long Term Evolution (LTE) network north and west of Great Bend, when it expands to Russell and Rush Center, Kan., respectively, on August 16. Verizon Wireless currently offers the nation’s largest 4G LTE network with coverage available to more than 230 million people across the United States – nearly 75 percent of the U.S. population. By year’s end, the company plans to cover more than 400 U.S. markets.The expansion of its 4G LTE network in the coming weeks will enable customers in and around Rush Center and Russell, Kan., to use their 4G LTE wireless devices to surf the Web, stream music and video, access thousands of applications, and stay in touch with family and friends, all with speeds up to 10 times faster than before. The Verizon Wireless 4G LTE network is currently available in Great Bend and Hoisington, Kan. With the planned network expansion, residents in towns west of Great Bend such as Albert, Rush Center, Nekoma, La Crosse, Bison and Otis will now have access to the nation’s fastest 4G network. In addition, the expansion will extend north of Great Bend along Highway 281, providing coverage all the way up to Russell, Kan.“We offer our customers the nation’s largest 4G LTE network, available in more markets than all other U.S. wireless providers combined,” said Brendan Fallis, president – Kansas/Missouri Region, Verizon Wireless. “With our expanded 4G LTE network, customers can download files, upload pictures, stream video, and more, through a variety of 4G LTE devices, all with the fastest 4G experience possible.” Verizon Wireless customers can choose from the largest selection of 4G LTE devices to experience the nation’s fastest 4G network. Devices include a variety of tablets, mobile hotspots, smartphones and more, including the Samsung Galaxy S® III and the DROID INCREDIBLE 4G LTE by HTC. Details on available devices can be found at www.verizonwireless.com/4GLTE and information on plans and pricing is available at www.verizonwireless.com/plans. Verizon Wireless also offers a variety of smart accessories that customers can use with their 4G LTE devices. These accessories include the FitBit Ultra Wireless Activity Tracker, the Withings WiFi Scale and the Helo TC Touch Controlled Helicopter, among others. A full list of smart accessories can be found at www.verizonwireless.com/smartaccessories. Verizon Wireless customers can also take advantage of HomeFusion℠ Broadband, a solution that leverages the power and speed of the Verizon Wireless 4G LTE network to deliver high-speed, in-home Internet access for residential broadband, particularly where Internet options are limited or are not currently available. In real-world, fully loaded network environments, Verizon Wireless 4G LTE customers should experience average data rates of 5 to 12 megabits per second (Mbps) on the downlink and 2 to 5 Mbps on the uplink. Visit www.verizonwireless.com/lte for more information about the Verizon Wireless 4G LTE network and a list of current markets. About Verizon WirelessVerizon Wireless operates the nation’s largest 4G LTE network and largest, most reliable 3G network. The company serves 94.2 million retail customers, including 88.8 million retail postpaid customers. Headquartered in Basking Ridge, N.J., with 78,000 employees nationwide, Verizon Wireless is a joint venture of Verizon Communications (NYSE, NASDAQ: VZ) and Vodafone (LSE, NASDAQ: VOD). For more information, visit www.verizonwireless.com. To preview and request broadcast-quality video footage and high-resolution stills of Verizon Wireless operations, log on to the Verizon Wireless Multimedia Library at www.verizonwireless.com/multimedia. For more news and stories specific to the Verizon Wireless Midwest Area, visit and subscribe to our blog: http://vzwmidwestarea.com.