Verizon Policy Blog

Sep11

National Preparedness Month: Everything You Need to Know about Wireless Emergency Alerts

If you’ve encountered an unusually strong thunderstorm, tornado, or other extreme weather event within the last couple of years, you’ve probably also received a special warning message on your mobile device. These messages are Wireless Emergency Alerts (WEAs), and they are pushed out to compatible wireless devices by public safety agencies during emergencies. WEAs are issued in three scenarios. Imminent Threat alerts are issued during severe weather or other local emergencies that pose an “imminent threat to life or property.” AMBER alerts are issued to wireless carriers—and TV and radio broadcasters—when a child is abducted or goes missing. Presidential alerts are issued during national emergencies. Image source: Ready.gov Some quick facts about WEAs: • WEAs produce a … Continue reading

Sep10

No Slowdown in Broadband Investment

Capital investment is a key ingredient in the formula for economic growth. Unlike regular consumer and government spending (“C” and “G” in the GDP accounting identity), investment today allows the economy to produce more tomorrow, and often opens up new business opportunities that wouldn’t have existed otherwise. Verizon is proud to be named among the country’s top “Investment Heroes of 2014” in a new report from the Progressive Policy Institute. But Verizon (#2 on the list) isn’t alone in communications or tech investment, as companies from every part of the Internet ecosystem – ISPs, hardware makers, and “edge companies” – invested billions last year to “bet on America’s future.” On the whole, … Continue reading

Sep5

One Powerful Decade: FiOS Turns 10!

Ten years is an eternity in the technology-driven society we live in, and Verizon’s FiOS services – delivered over the nation’s largest all-fiber-optic network – have moved consumers through the past decade at the speed of light. This fall marks the 10-year anniversary of FiOS, the next-generation network technology that redefined the TV and Internet experience for millions of people and small-business owners throughout 12 states and the District of Columbia. In 2004, a NASA probe landed on Mars for the first time; a startup called Facebook paved the way for a new way to connect online; and Internet download speeds of 8 megabits per second were considered fast. That year, Verizon began selling FiOS TV service in Keller, Texas, for the first time, along with FiOS … Continue reading

Sep4

Wary of New Technology? History Offers Valuable Lessons in Misplaced Fear

This post by Lee Gierczynski (@VZLee) was originally published at the Verizon News Center. To understand the apprehension of some toward advancements in technology, it’s helpful to look back at the past. Many people may not be aware that before we had area codes and seven digits to dial telephone numbers, we used telephone exchange names that typically began with two letters followed by a five-digit number. The letters represented the first two letters of a telephone exchange serving a particular geographic area. As such, you’d have numbers like PEnnsylvania 6-5000 or ENglewood 3-1234. That system, however, did not have the capacity to keep up with the growing demand for telephones, thus the nation began the conversion to a standardized all-numeric dialing system. In … Continue reading

Aug28

Verizon’s International Public Policy & Regulatory Affairs Team Hosts TechGirls

This is a guest post from Cheryl Miller, Director of International Public Policy and Regulatory Affairs. “We are meeting with important people,” said the bubbly 16-year old Nadia. To which I replied, “You are also important.” This interaction took place immediately before a privacy discussion luncheon with Verizon leadership. Verizon had the privilege of hosting a job shadow day for two students, ages 16 and 17, from Tunisia and Yemen. The students, Nadia Houerbi and Husseina Mohammed, were in the U.S. for the first time as a result of their participation in a State Department-funded exchange program called TechGirls. TechGirls, launched by then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in 2011, follows a successful program entitled TechWomen, which mentored and paired emerging women leaders with some of the … Continue reading

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