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Verizon launches advanced 4G LTE network for the Florida Capitol

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Verizon is boosting the Florida Legislature, giving lawmakers, staff and the media tools they need for governing in the 21st Century.

Verizon Wireless finished installing its advanced 4G LTE network technology throughout the State Capitol so more 5,000 legislators, lobbyists, observers and visitors can connect on smartphones, tablets and other mobile devices daily in the heart of Florida’s government.

As part of the project, engineers activated 4G LTE service over the Distributed Antenna System (DAS) inside the 718,000-square-foot facility. DAS includes a “small cell” base station as the LTE signal source, as well as 100 small antennas throughout the compound.

“Small cells” are mini-versions of full cell sites used for boosting wireless capacity.

“This new 4G LTE system will help ensure fast, reliable wireless communication in maybe the most important venue for the citizens of Florida,” said Verizon executive director Frank Wise. “Our teams are committed to delivering the top technology and best network service everywhere in the state.”

After investing nearly $3 billion in the state, and $80 billion nationwide since 2000, Verizon 4G LTE service now comprises the company’s entire network in Florida, covering 99.8 percent of the state’s population.

Phil Ammann is a St. Petersburg-based journalist and blogger. With more than three decades of writing, editing and management experience, Phil produced material for both print and online, in addition to founding HRNewsDaily.com. His broad range includes covering news, local government and culture reviews for Patch.com, technical articles and profiles for BetterRVing Magazine and advice columns for a metaphysical website, among others. Phil has served as a contributor and production manager for SaintPetersBlog since 2013. He lives in St. Pete with his wife, visual artist Margaret Juul and can be reached at phil@floridapolitics.com and on Twitter @PhilAmmann.

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