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Brier Dudley offers a critical look at technology and business issues affecting the Northwest.

August 22, 2011 at 5:39 PM

Verizon LTE spending jumps in Washington, Oregon

Verizon Wireless today provided a mid-year update on its infrastructure spending in the region, calling out its investment in its new 4G LTE network.

In Washington state, the company spent $94.4 million on infrastructure upgrades through the first six months of the year. For comparison, it spent $114 million in the region during all of 2010.

“It’s clear we’re going to outpace 2010 this year,” spokesman Scott Charlston said.

In Oregon, spending was $69.7 million in the first half of this year, passing the $60 million spent in all of 2010.

Washington projects this year included the launch of LTE service in Spokane, Tacoma, Everett and Olympia and expansion of the 3G network statewide, the company said in its release.

It said the company has spent more than $1.3 billion improving coverage in Washington since 2000, and more than $65 billion nationwide.

For half of that, it could have bought T-Mobile USA and maybe Clearwire to boot …

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