Verizon Policy Blog

May222015

Network Evolution to Fiber, from a Customer’s Point of View

At Verizon, we’re not shy about our fiber fanaticism. Although FiOS is a key differentiator and a competitive advantage for our company, the power of an all-fiber network delivers the most benefit to our customers, from home broadband subscribers to large enterprises. Fast, reliable and future-proof, it’s no wonder that seven out of eight customers choose fiber over copper for their communications services. Policymakers understand the potential economic and social benefits that investment in fiber can unleash, and fiber is an environmentally-friendly evolution in technology, too. That’s why an op-ed published at the Daily Item, a local paper in Lynnfield, Massachusetts, caught my eye. Last year, Verizon completed a seamless upgrade of the copper network serving Lynnfield, replacing it with brand new … Continue reading

Broadband, Fiber, FiOS, Network Evolution, Technology Transition

May182015

Another Thing to Never Settle for: Rigged Spectrum Auctions

If ever there was an example to confirm the old adage about taking a mile after gaining an inch, we’re seeing it in the incentive auction. T-Mobile, Sprint and DISH are large, spectrum-rich companies that have already received a spectrum set-aside from the FCC in the incentive auction. Now they are agitating for an even bigger one. Policymakers should see this spectrum grab for what it is: a case of greed masquerading as need. Here’s the backstory. To avoid having to compete for low-band spectrum in the incentive auction, T-Mobile, Sprint and DISH asked the FCC to set aside as many as three spectrum licenses (30 MHz) in every market. Verizon and AT&T are barred from bidding on those licenses, allowing T-Mobile, Sprint … Continue reading

600 MHz, AWS-3, FCC, Incentive Auction, Mobile, Spectrum, Spectrum Auctions, Wireless

May152015

Customers Celebrate Five Years of LTE in Rural America

The main goal of Verizon’s LTE in Rural America (LRA) program is to bring the broad benefits of 4G LTE service, quickly and efficiently, to customers in rural markets. It’s all about serving the customer – consumer and business – no matter where they live, work or play. Since the initial announcement of LRA in a Wall Street Journal article on May 13, 2010, the program has expanded to cover nearly 2.4 million people and more than 100,000 square miles. Twenty-one wireless companies participate with Verizon to offer the advanced services. Verizon believes it is important to deliver its reliable network experience to the customer in areas which are remote and, in some industries, underserved. Read the rest of this post and view the full infographic at the … Continue reading

4G LTE, LTE in Rural America, Mobile, Rural Broadband, Wireless

May82015

Verizon Powerful Answers Award Winner Shows How Small Business Can Empower People with Disabilities

Sesame Enable Unlocks the Power of Smartphones This is a guest post from Jeff Kramer - Director, Strategic Alliances This week is National Small Business Week, and as with so many great innovations in the high tech and Internet marketplace, some of the best ideas begin in small start-ups. One such start-up, Sesame Enable, is developing a solution to make touchscreen devices more accessible. Most of us take smartphones for granted, but using a touchscreen phone can be nearly impossible for those with physical disabilities. There are 5.6 million individuals living with some form of paralysis in the United States. Many of them have limited use of their hands due to their paralysis. As a result, many are effectively cut off from the applications and educational opportunities that are … Continue reading

Accessibility, Disability, Innovation Center, Mobile, National Small Business Week, Powerful Answers, Powerful Answers Award, Sesame Enable

May12015

Cogent and Verizon Enter Into Interconnection Agreement

WASHINGTON, DC and NEW YORK, May 1, 2015 – Both companies issued the following statement: Cogent (NASDAQ: CCOI) and Verizon (NYSE: VZ) have entered into a long-term, bilateral commercial interconnection agreement related to their public IP networks. The interconnection agreement ensures customers on the two networks can continue to exchange data in an effective and efficient manner. As the Internet continues to grow and evolve, Internet service providers are negotiating business agreements that allow exchange of Internet traffic in a scalable, resilient and reliable manner. Focusing on the customer, this agreement allows consumers of both Cogent and Verizon to enjoy high-performance speeds to enable new, high-bandwidth applications. The agreement contains provisions to add capacity and establish new interconnection locations between the two networks to stay ahead of growing traffic demands. … Continue reading

Broadband, Cogent, Interconnection, Interconnection Agreement