New Device Gives Faster Internet to Rural Areas

Reporter: Mark Kelly l Videographer: Parker Slaybaugh

Amherst County, VA - Internet access across the country is spotty.Rural areas are often forced to deal with slower, less reliable internet.But, efforts are being made to change that.

Thursday, Verizon made a big announcement specifically for Central Virginia.

Verizon released a brand new product; it's being rolled out in Roanoke and the 50 miles of rural land surrounding the Star City.

The new device is called HomeFusion Broadband.It gives high-speed, in-home internet access using the company's 4G LTE network.

Here's how it works: Verizon's network is delivered to an antenna near your home.That antenna is professionally installed.Once it's up and running, the antenna sends the signal to a broadband router in your home, which lets the customer connect a bunch of internet devices using Wi-Fi.

The brand new product could mean faster internet for the rural market.The news has peaked some interest.

"It would be great, it would be great. Because I go on there and I just have to sit and wait for it to come up. It takes forever for it to get to the internet. And then, it's just slow," said Ann Ricketts, internet customer in rural Amherst County.

HomeFusion Broadband is available at your local Verizon store.Based on internet usage, the price tag can be anywhere from $60 to $120 a month.