Verizon's LTE-powered in-home broadband goes national

Verizon's HomeFusion Broadband service uses 4G LTE muscle to power the Internet in homes across the U.S.

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While Sprint and T-Mobile are struggling to launch their 4G LTE networks, Verizon apparently has enough LTE to power your devices at home.

Starting Thursday, Verizon's HomeFusion Broadband service will bring LTE-powered Internet access nationwide. The service, which originally launched in March in six markets, feeds Internet to connected devices in the domicile, ranging from computers to gaming consoles.

Verizon's HomeFusion LTE will zip into homes through professionally-installed antennae receivers affixed on the outside of the house (this will cost you $199.99), then transmit signal to a Wi-Fi router inside the house. Using Wi-Fi, customers can connect up to 20 devices. Customers should expect downlink speeds of between 5Mbps and 12Mbps and uplink speeds ranging from 2Mbps to 5Mbps.

Verizon envisions HomeFusion as an alternative to traditional residential broadband, especially for those with fewer options in their area.

Plans include rates of $60 per month for 10GB of data, $90 per month for 20GB, or $120 per month for 30GB, with a $10 per GB penalty for each plan after reaching the cap.

Verizon is granting 50 percent more data for the first two full billing cycles of service, so customers will have to keep an eagle eye on their usage after those first two months.