Verizon Policy Blog


The Real Lesson of the AWS-3 Auction

Everyone is talking about “lessons learned” from the recently completed AWS-3 auction. It comes as no surprise to us that T-Mobile, Sprint, and others are trying to teach the wrong one. These companies are claiming that AT&T and Verizon “dominated” the auction and that the FCC has to act now to ensure the same thing doesn’t happen in next year’s incentive auction. What may be surprising to some is how at odds with the facts these claims are. Let’s look at what really happened in the AWS-3 auction:  Of the 31 applicants that won licenses, one entity bought more licenses, more spectrum, and covered more POPs (the measure of the number of people covered by each … Continue reading

AWS-3, Designated Entities, FCC, Incentive Auction, Mobile, Spectrum, Spectrum Auctions, Wireless


Verizon Weighs in with the U.S. Supreme Court to Support Marriage Equality

Verizon’s employees reflect the many diverse communities we serve. We value diversity and inclusion in our workplace not only because it’s the right thing to do, but also because it’s good business that yields tangible results. That’s why today Verizon is proud to voice our support for the important issue of marriage equality by joining with others in the business community to submit a friend-of-the-court brief with the U.S. Supreme Court. In the Obergefell v. Hodges case, the U.S. Supreme Court has the opportunity to require all States to make marriage equally available to all citizens and to recognize existing same-sex marriages. The fractured legal landscape that exists for same-sex couples today harms employers and employees alike. Calling … Continue reading

Diversity, Marriage Equality, Supreme Court


The Potential Of Us: Verizon Innovative App Challenge Promotes Student Creativity and STEM Education

Usually you come to this space to learn about Verizon’s view on various policy issues. While we’re always happy to share those, today I want to tell you about something we’re even more excited about. I want to tell you about the amazing job that a group of kids from the Bronx Academy of Promise did in our Verizon Innovative App Challenge. Beginning in 2012, we have challenged middle and high school students through this program to design a mobile application concept that addresses an urgent need or problem in their local schools or communities. The kids from the Bronx Academy of Promise delivered that -- and then some! -- by creating a Best In Nation-winning app concept that was designed to help … Continue reading

Mobile Apps, STEM, STEM Education, Verizon Innovative App Challenge


FCC’s ‘Throwback Thursday’ Move Imposes 1930s Rules on the Internet

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FCC, Open Internet, Regulation


$7.2 Billion in Taxes, and Other Facts From Verizon’s 10-K

What was your tax bill in 2014? Chances are, Verizon’s was higher. The company has just filed its latest 10-K with the SEC, and the 241-page document is filled with disclosures large and small. Ever wanted to know Verizon’s headquarters address, phone number, where the company was incorporated, its IRS ID number, how many shares of Verizon stock are outstanding, or on which exchanges its stock is registered? All that information is on Page 1 alone. Other fast facts about Verizon: In 2014, Verizon paid $7.2 billion in taxes. This includes $4.1 billion paid in 2014 for income taxes, $1.3 billion for employment taxes, and $1.8 billion in property and other taxes. (Note 13) In 2014, Verizon invested $17.2 billion in network infrastructure, placing the company as one of the top private investors in U … Continue reading

Capex, Investment, SEC Filings, Taxes, Verizon 10-K

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