Our investment in Florida's network infrastructure is an investment in the economic future of the state. At Verizon, we are constantly transforming to compete and win in this environment. We are differentiating ourselves in the marketplace by building superior networks and delivering innovative technologies - particularly in consumer broadband, business and government, and wireless.
The Tampa Bay region's consumers, businesses and government agencies continued to benefit from Verizon's 2013 investment of more than $336 million in its industry-leading fiber-optic and Internet Protocol-based networks. [ Read the press release ]
Verizon's major wireline infrastructure programs in 2013 included:
More than $4.9 million to migrate customers off of the older, less reliable copper network and onto Verizon's industry-leading, all-fiber FiOS network.
Nearly $3.2 million to improve network reliability for E911 services, data and voice delivery in major switch locations and diversity in fiber-optic network routes to help minimize outages during major natural events
More than $1 million to continue cell site upgrades for 4G-LTE services.
Our infrastructure investment breaks down traditional technological boundaries, empowering people and businesses in Florida to connect however, whenever and wherever they want. This creates opportunities that are borderless and that bring great benefits to our customers, employees, suppliers and communities.