Chris Shelley was frustrated. While he loved the pace of life in Live Oak, Florida, in serene Suwannee County, well away from the Sunshine State’s bustling beach cities and busy theme parks, he did not share that affection for the slow speed of his home’s Internet connection.
Like many smaller communities, Shelley’s neighborhood lacked options for strong, reliable broadband services.
That was until he discovered a new high-speed technology called HomeFusion Broadband.
HomeFusion Broadband uses a small antenna – about the size of a 5-gallon bucket – placed on the outside of the house to connect to the Verizon 4G LTE wireless network. Inside, a router delivers high-speed Internet to up to four wired devices and at least 20 wireless devices such as computers, television sets, game units, tablets, smartphones and other gadgets.
This means the Shelley family and many residents in rural communities can enjoy surfing the Internet, playing online games, and logging on to work from home. For his family, he said the increased speed means a better video viewing experience for his children.
“It’s like our home has finally joined the modern world,” Shelley said. “Sure, we’re a little bit country, but we still want to be connected.”
HomeFusion Broadband’s speed is what impresses most customers, said Abe Christian, manager of the Live Oak Verizon Wireless store. For those who speak tech talk, this means average data rates of five to 12 megabits per second (Mbps) on the downlink and two to five Mbps on the uplink.