Verizon Brings Home 5G Service to Four US Cities on October 1

  • Verizon Brings Home 5G Service to Four US Cities on October 1

Verizon Brings Home 5G Service to Four US Cities on October 1

Furthering its reputation as a hub for developing technologies, Sacramento in 2017 was selected as one of the first cities to host Verizon's new ultra-fast wireless network.

Verizon will begin rolling out the service, called Verizon 5G Home, initially in four cities: Houston, Indianapolis, Los Angeles, and Sacramento.

Customers in supported areas of the aforementioned cities will be able to order the Verizon 5G Home Internet service starting on October 1 at 8AM ET.

"Verizon Wireless customers with a qualifying smartphone plan will pay $50 per month for the service, while non-Verizon Wireless customers will pay $70 per month", said the company. According to Verizon, the peak speeds can reach close to 1 Gbps. If you are in a supported area, Verizon says your 5G service should run reliably at 300Mbps but can reach speeds of nearly 1 Gbps when network congestion is low. In addition, Verizon will install the necessary hardware for free. Customers will also get a free Apple TV 4K or Google Chromecast Ultra. That's the same network that will eventually service phones, but home internet customers will get the first whack.

What is 5G, and what can we expect from it?

"This monthly charge includes all taxes and fees, and does not require an annual contract".

To compare, the average home internet speeds in the United States as of May measured in at 92.93 Mbps, according to PCMag.

Verizon's network limitations have been a hot topic recently, since the Santa Clara County fire departments complained that a device with an unlimited data plan was throttled while they were fighting California's largest-ever wildfire.

Launching a 5G broadband service has been part of Verizon's 5G roll-out for a while, as the carrier gears up toward launching its 5G mobile network next year. Thus, the 5G home internet offering will run on a proprietary version of the standard. T-Mobile US and Sprint, which are trying to merge, also say they'll offer home broadband service.