Friday, March 15, 2019

Verizon Turning on 5G Network in the Sloop on April 11th

5G is supposed to revolutionize our life, so if you're a technophile in the Sloop you may want to know this (via USA Today):
Verizon is finally ready to start turning on its mobile 5G network, and tapping into it won't cost a lot more than current 4G LTE.
The nation's largest carrier announced that it will be turning on its mobile 5G network in Chicago and Minneapolis on April 11, with owners of its first 5G-capable phone, the Moto Z3, being able to tap into the network through a separate $50 accessory.

Labeling their network "5G ultra wideband," the new service will cost $10 more per month than the company's existing 4G LTE service for unlimited data.
So what's the tie to the Sloop?  Well it's one of the neighborhoods who will have access to the new network upon roll-out:
According to the Verizon's website for the 5G moto mod, Chicago service will initially be "concentrated in The Loop, specifically areas of the West Loop and the South Loop, around landmarks such as Union Station, Willis Tower, The Art Institute of Chicago, Millennium Park and The Chicago Theatre."
Coverage in the area will also extend to the Verizon store on "The Magnificent Mile, and throughout The Gold Coast, Old Town and River North."

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