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Verizon Gives a First Look at Their 5G Home Internet


Mid age woman sitting at table5G has been the dream of cord cutters for years. Now Verizon has announced plans to roll it out to several markets next year.

For some time though Verizon has already been testing 5G Internet in several markets. Last week they released a video with a first look at what they have been working on:

“This is the first use case for the 5G network, but it’s not a single use case network,” where it’s just about residential broadband, said Verizon CFO Matt Ellis at a UBS investor conference in New York City on Tuesday.

“This is the top of the first inning on 5G,” Said Matt Ellis at USB. “there will be many more applications for 5G, things that you can’t do in 4G, so we’re very excited to get to those mobility use cases as well.”

A couple of weeks ago Verizon announced the first market to get 5G home Internet: Sacramento, California will receive 5G home Internet in the second half of 2018. They went on to say that four other markets will also get 5G Internet next year, but they will be announced at a later date.

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  • Loren Kruse

    Going to require a lot of poles throughout a neighborhood… throughout the city? If so that is a lot of permissions and infrastructure to get in place. The only poles in our neighborhood currently is the light poles.

    • Me

      That is not the only rout they are taking. Did you watch the video? In areas that aren’t full of Luddites and NIMBYs I’m sure Verizon can put up plenty of poles no problem. Easier to do than trying to lay fiber. Considering they said to hope to have 30 million homes that are not currently in their FiOS footprint( just under 15 million homes can get this ), so not everyone is going to get this since there are 140 million homes in the US. FiOS and this will amount to less than 1/3 of the homes in the US.

      • Loren Kruse

        Yes it is easier than laying fiber but additional poles in neighborhoods is not something everyone wants. Considering the amount of poles that would be required for a neighborhood.

      • John Brewton

        I never heard of Luddities or NIMBys. Thank you for teaching me new words and thank you google for helping define them.

    • Dean G

      If it is an existing right of way, they really don’t need anyone’s permission. I don’t really see it as a problem in that aspect. The time is going to be putting up the equipment, but that can also be activated as it goes.

    • TexMarque

      VZ will most likely need fiber in the right-of-way (permit required) and maybe a terminal box or pole periodically to mount the transceiver on. Most likely, the light poles will work with permission from the owner. This is normal procedure for a telecom in regards to right-of-way. Most of this only takes a few months from application to execution.

  • Me

    I love all the haters on many messageboards that say “Oh this won’t work because blah blah blah” Not even knowing that they are testing it REAL WORLD and have been for months so they kind of knows what works and what doesn’t. But armchair “experts” with ZERO experience can just “know” using their “genius” brains somehow.

    • Loren Kruse

      Jeepers — just my point of view this morning that it would require a lot of poles throughout a neighborhood for line of site connection. I am not a hater of the 5G technology. Sorry to say you don’t know me or my background or experience….

      • TV Barrington

        Don’t him worry you too much. Instead of ever contributing any useful opinions, he tends to attack and belittle. There are plenty of decent folks here, but there are a few trolls on this site that absolutely love to attempt to rile a people up. You can either remember that person for future reference and ignore his comments like many folks are doing, or you can go to the far side of his name and select the block option for him.

        • Me

          I wasn’t referring to him. So I’ll await your apology. it’s called CONTEXT. Most people learn that by middle school English class.

      • Me

        Boy you are sure defensive when I wasn’t even remotely talking about YOU. Hmmm.

  • bplewis24

    Verizon is actually testing this in some Sacramento neighborhoods right now. They’re putting these on existing poles.

  • John Brewton

    What about the areas where there are no poles? My house is on a street with underground utilities? Anyone know if they will add poles in this scenario?

  • Kevin S

    So what are the caps and overages?

    • TechSupport

      They can add them to cell towers and light poles and water towers….

  • CordCutting2017