Verizon Washington, DC's government relations department works to promote and advance sound telecommunications public policies and legislation that will allow us to bring technology to all the District's communities. We work with Congresswoman Eleanor Homes Norton, the Mayor, the Council of the District of Columbia, DC Government Agencies, and Advisory Neighborhood Commissions to address local and national issues that are important to all residents in the District of Columbia. These issues often involve important pubic policy and community matters including: education, public safety, health, homeland security, and economic and community development.
Verizon Washington, DC builds and strengthens relations with elected officials in order to develop and promote good public policy.
Proposal to Increase the E-911 Tax - Rejected
In 2010, the Council of the District of Columbia voted to reject a proposal to increase residents E-911 tax by more than 50%. The E-911 tax appears on all District residents bills for voice (wireline, wireless and Internet) services. Verizon on behalf of its customers has vigorously opposed any increase in residents communications taxes that are unjustified and that do not lead to improved or enhanced services to our customers. Thanks to the many residents and businesses who also voiced their opposition to the E-911 tax increase to the DC Council as being unnecessary and a further burden on their already high government communications tax liability that led to the proposals defeat.
New All-Fiber Network Will Deliver FiOS TV and FiOS Internet
In September, 2009, D.C. Mayor Adrian Fenty, Councilmember Mary M. Cheh, Eric E. Richardson, director of the D.C. Office of Cable Television and other key city leaders joined Verizon officials for the official launch of Verizon's network upgrade to all fiber optics in the District.
According to the cable franchise agreement, Verizon will offer service within three years of the franchise's April 30 effective date to all residents in an initial service area that includes parts of the Barry Farms, Brightwood, Columbia Heights, Crestwood, Fort Stanton, Friendship Heights, Historic Anacostia, Petworth, Shepherd Park, Sheridan, Tenleytown, Van Ness and Woodley Park neighborhoods. Verizon will expand its service availability within six years to an extended service area that will include parts of the Adams Morgan, Benning, Benning Heights, Buzzard Point, Deanwood, Dupont Circle, Eastland Gardens, Ft. McNair, Lincoln Heights, Logan Circle, Shaw and Southwest Waterfront neighborhoods. Verizon will make its services available throughout the rest of the District within nine years.
Learn moreabout FTTP construction in the District.
Good Government Club
If you are a Verizon employee, please visit vz.epacweb.com/ssl/default.aspto learn more about the Verizon DC Good Government Club. Participation in the Verizon DC Good Government Club is voluntary.