OVERLAND PARK, Kan., March 5, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- In state-by-state rankings, released today by RootMetrics ® as part of its first U.S. State RootScore ® Reports, Verizon Wireless overwhelmed the competition in Kansas with the most wins in Data, Text, Reliability and Speed categories. The company also won more awards in each category in all 50 states than any other provider in the rankings. RootMetrics, a respected, independent mobile analytics firm, said its first national study was designed to characterize the consumer mobile network performance experience at a national and state level, beyond the market-specific reports it has issued up to now, in the most comprehensive mobile network test completed and published by a third-party tester. Scores were based on RootMetrics testing performed in the second half of 2013. The company ranked the four major U.S. wireless providers in six categories: Overall Performance, Reliability, Data, Speed, Call and Text. On the national level, RootMetrics awarded Verizon Wireless the Overall RootScore Award Winner, as well as tops in four sub-categories, Reliability, Data, Call and Text as part of its National RootScore® Report. "What's most important is that our customers have access to a consistently reliable wireless experience when and where they want it," said Brendan Fallis, president – Kansas/Missouri Region, Verizon Wireless. "The most recent RootMetrics study confirms we are meeting and exceeding our throughput brand promise of 5 to 12 Mbps on the downlink and 2 to 5 Mbps on the uplink across our footprint, which covers more than 500 markets and 97 percent of the U.S. population." Verizon Wireless introduced its 4G LTE network in Kansasin 2011. The company today covers more than twice the geography of any other wireless provider in the U.S. with its super-fast and most reliable 4G LTE network and provides its customers with access to 4G LTE in more places than any other LTE network provider. In 2013 alone, Verizon Wireless invested $82 million in Kansas to ensure its customers have the most powerful network available. Verizon Wireless is constantly evolving its network to meet necessary demand to remain the nation's largest and most reliable. In 2013, the company began adding network capacity, using its AWS spectrum to ensure that it stays ahead of customer demand for access to its popular 4G LTE network. The RootMetrics testing did not measure the benefits of Verizon Wireless AWS deployment in this first round of testing.