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April 23, 2012

AT&T Brings 4G Network Access to Canton, Ohio

AT&T is outfitting the Aakron/Canton area of Ohio with 4G capabilities.

The prediction is that bringing 4G to the area will draw in more brains and encourage business development in the Aakron and Canton areas. Canton is following suit with over 27 metropolitan areas in the US who have received gotten 4G from AT&T company rival, Verizon, recently. The state's senator, Frank LaRose, says that he is currently working on legislation in the form of Senate Bill 271 in order to make it easier for communications companies such as AT&T to continue setting up infrastructure in the area.

4G offers a fleet of improvements over its predecessor. Beyond average speed increases of as much 1,000 percent over the 3G, 4G also makes better use of the available transmission protocols. The result is a drastic reduction in latency times; lower latency means more reliable downloads, and less jerkiness while using programs like Skype.

The new network provides support for a variety of new generation of smartphones, and other mobile communications devices. Samsung's Galaxy Note, Pantech's Element and the Lumia 900 by Microsoft are only a few examples.

Of all companies supporting 4G, AT&T says it offers the most expansive and comprehensive coverage. As soon as you get outside of a more populated area, you will find that the bottom drops out of some networks and performance speeds hit the dirt. 4G coverage will expand to remote rural areas that are a long way off from even receiving consistent or reliable Internet connectivity.

As the Huffington Post warns, it is important for people switching to 4G to keep in mind that the possibility of faster and more reliable data exchange does not mean, necessarily, that data exchange becomes less costly. If you get new sports car that can go twice as fast as your old junker, you have to keep in mind that this does not make gas any cheaper.

Depending on what kind of plan you have, you may end up coming down with a case of “data fever.” Getting a little crazy with your full album downloads, you may quickly find yourself pushing AT&T's 2GB per-month cap. Every GB you download past this mark will cost you another $10. When a company keeps increasing processing capacity for their devices without changing their policy on over-use charging in this way, it begins to sound like a clever market ploy more than anything else.






Edited by Jennifer Russell


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