Verizon in Massachusetts - Public Policy
In an industry as dynamic as telecommunications, it's critical that the basic assumptions underpinning public policy promote competition among service providers, while driving investment and innovation, and creating value and choices for customers.
Here in Massachusetts, we're advocating Verizon's position on a number of important issues. In this section, you'll learn more about our goals and objectives in the policy arena and what you as residents and consumers in the Bay State can do to get involved.
Technology State House Day
The Massachusetts Tech Hub Caucus recently hosted its 3rd Technology State House Day, an event which brought 300-plus technology industry leaders, legislators, staff and representatives from various state agencies to the Massachusetts State House to talk about the "Internet of Things in Massachusetts" and to demo innovative technologies.
Tech is a key component of the state’s economy. According to the Massachusetts Technology Leadership Council’s 2015 State of Technology Report, there are more than 13,500 tech companies in Massachusetts, 20% of the Commonwealth’s workers (619,000) are directly & indirectly employed in tech & tech-induced jobs, and Massachusetts ranks #1 in the nation for its share of employment in high-tech jobs.
Attendees were eager to explore first-hand devices and gadgets that make up the Internet of Things and discuss how technology is transforming the delivery of healthcare, energy, transportation and government services during group break-out sessions. Tech Hub Caucus Legislative Co-Chairs Senator Karen Spilka and Representative Ann-Margaret Ferrante kicked off the event and were followed by remarks from Senate President Stan Rosenberg, Speaker Bob DeLeo and Secretary of Housing and Economic Development Jay Ash. Chris Rezendes, founder & partner at INEX Advisors, delivered a keynote address to the audience focused on the "Internet of Things" and its impact across industries in Massachusetts.
The event featured live demonstrations from well-known tech firms and Massachusetts startups which showcased innovative IoT technologies that are changing the way we live and work. Company participants included: Verizon, iRobot, Ecovent, Nest, Zipcar, Bridj, Microsoft, MC10, and LogMeIn among others. [ Learn More ]
Texting While Driving Ban
Verizon has joined forces with AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, and a number of other businesses and community organizations to help promote safe driving through It Can Wait. http://itcanwait.com/
We support federal legislation to ban texting and e-mailing while driving. This approach is a logical extension of our previous breaks with other wireless companies to support state-wide legislation banning texting and e-mailing while driving. [ Learn more ]