AT&T, Verizon roll out 4G coverage to rural areas

CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCIV) -- The two largest cellphone carriers in the country announced this week that they had expanded 4G coverage into rural parts of the state.

On Wednesday, AT&T announced it was pushing its 4G LTE network into the Walterboro area. The company's 4G LTE network now covers Charleston, North Charleston, Johns Island, Mount Pleasant, Summerville and Goose Creek.{}

"We've seen positive response from customers on our 4G LTE launch, and as today's expansion shows, we're continuing our rollout of fast 4G LTE speeds to more areas of Charleston, including Walterboro," said Jack Mitchell, AT&T's regional director of External Affairs for Charleston and Walterboro.

On Thursday, Verizon announced it was expanding rural 4G coverage along highways 321 and 6 in Lexington County and along Highway 66 in Horry County.

"When Verizon started building out the4G LTE network in South Carolina in late 2011, we made a commitment that wewould include rural areas in our roll-out," said Jerry Fountain, president forVerizon Wireless's Carolinas/Tennessee region. "Today, I am pleased to sharethat significant portions of two major counties in the Palmetto State haveaccess to the best wireless data speeds."

The company boasts 85 percent of the state is covered by its 4G LTE network.