WASHINGTON — The Federal Communications Commission today adopted new rules that will enable carriers to transition cellular spectrum from 3G to 4G LTE technologies. This initiative will provide millions of wireless customers greater access to networks at faster speeds. The following statement should be attributed to Adam Koeppe, Verizon vice president, technology planning:
“The FCC’s unanimous adoption today of Cellular Service Reform rules is a big win for wireless consumers. The FCC’s actions will enable Verizon to increase the capacity of the nation’s best LTE network and increase speeds for millions of Verizon Wireless customers. These rules will also allow us to extend LTE coverage using our substantial cellular spectrum assets.
“Currently, 4G LTE devices are used by over 75% of Verizon Wireless customers. More than 95% of our data usage and the majority of our voice volume is carried by the best 4G LTE network in the country. Today’s order enables Verizon to accelerate the conversion of 850 MHz spectrum from 3G and put it to use for 4G LTE. The upside for consumers is big: Verizon Wireless will be able to provide 4G LTE coverage on cellular spectrum to 20%-30% more of the US geography – strengthening its existing coverage advantage over others in the industry – and also increase peak 4G LTE speeds by as much as 40%.
“We believe this rule change is a victory for consumers – a move that will lead to greater broadband availability for a growing number of data hungry Americans.”