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Published on September 12th, 2018 | by Brad Gibson

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Verizon launching 5G home broadband Oct. 1, with free Apple TV 4K

Verizon will start installations of its 5G home-broadband service on October 1, in what the company says will be the world’s first 5G commercial service.

“We will deliver a revolutionary 5G experience that will change how people live, work and play,” Verizon Chief Technology Officer Kyle Malady said in a statement. “Verizon 5G Home is ideal for consumers looking to ‘cut the cord’ or upgrade from their current cable service.”

5G is considered the next evolution in mobile technology that will create wireless networks faster and more powerful than the current 4G or LTE networks. While Verizon’s 5G Home service technically isn’t true 5G, it will help the company as it continues to build out a faster wireless network. The company plans to expand to new markets once it switches to industry-standard 5G equipment.

Verizon is promising home broadband speeds ranging from 300 megabits per second to 1 gigabit per second, or fast enough to download a Blu-ray movie in minutes. The carriers are aiming for peak speeds on the mobile side to far exceed that 1Gbps mark.

Verizon will begin rolling out the service initially in Houston, Indianapolis, Los Angeles, and Sacramento. Not everyone in those cities will be able to get access to the service. Beginning this Thursday at 5 a.m. PDT, consumers can find out if they are eligible by visiting Firston5G.com.

Verizon also announced Tuesday ti will start testing of its 5G service in Los Angeles, Washington, DC, Palo Alto, California, and Waltham, Massachusetts with plans of expanding the service in those markets at a later date.

The company will begin signing up customers for its 5G broadband on Thursday, September 13. To entice customers to sign up, the company is offering free installation, three months of complimentary service, a free Chromecast or Apple TV 4K – as was announced August 15 – and three months of free YouTube TV. 

Current Verizon customers will pay $50 a month for the service, while new customers will pay $70 a month, with no additional hardware costs.

In May, Verizon CEO Lowell McAdam said that the company would begin rolling out its 5G network by the end of 2018. The company said Tuesday that it’s rolling out 5G Home with its own proprietary standards as some of the industry-wide technical standards are still being worked out.

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Brad is co-founder and editor-in-chief of BESTAppleTV.com. He has been a technology reporter since the late 1980s having previously worked for MacUser, MacFormat, and iCreate magazines, as well as MacNN.com, MacObserver.com, MacCentral.com, MacMinute.com, and Macworld.com. He hosted and produced the MacFormat This Week podcast for three years. He was also a reporter, editor, and producer for the Associated Press and United Press International.



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