Our Mission: Advancing Sound Public Policy

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.


 Verizon Showcases Advanced Technology Solutions At John Wilson Building  

Verizon Showcases Advanced Technology Solutions At John Wilson Building

On February 28th, Verizon hosted a technology fair at the John Wilson building in DC to show government officials firsthand how Verizon – as an industry leader – is using innovation and technology to improve and change customers' lives. Members of Verizon's operations team displayed fiber-optic cables and fiber splicing equipment and discussed the benefits of fiber technology versus copper. Attendees also received learned about innovative wireless product and services, learned about Verizon's free, new mobile DC Government Directory app where users can access important contact information for members of the Mayor’s Office and the Council of the District of Columbia via a smartphone or tablet at
www.VerizonOnTheGo.com, and also learned about cloud computing and security services.

Three nonprofits funded by the Verizon Foundation had display tables to share how they use technology in their programs, including Unity Health Care, Mary's Center for Maternal and Child Care, and the Boys and Girls club of Greater Washington.



Verizon’s Tony Lewis Takes the Reins as Board Chair of the D.C. Chamber of Commerce In 2014Verizon’s Tony Lewis Takes the Reins as Board Chair of the D.C. Chamber of Commerce In 2014

As he steps up to head the Board of Directors of the D.C. Chamber of Commerce in 2014, Verizon executive Tony Lewis has issued a request to members: get involved in the chamber and business community; be a voice and do not be afraid to speak up; reap the benefits this city has to offer; and utilize the tremendous resources dedicated to helping your business grow. [ Learn More ]



Recent Initiatives


New All-Fiber Network Delivers FiOS TV and FiOS Internet

In September, 2009, city leaders joined Verizon officials for the official launch of Verizon's network upgrade to all fiber optics in the District.

Today, in accordance with the cable franchise agreement, Verizon offers service to residents and businesses in the 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 more about FTTP construction in the District.



Good Government Club


If you are a Verizon employee, please visit vz.epacweb.com/ssl/default.asp to learn more about the Verizon DC Good Government Club.  Participation in the Verizon DC Good Government Club is voluntary.

For more information, contact Mario Acosta-Velez at mario.acosta-velez@verizon.com.