Building a Broadband Future for Rhode Island... Today!
Rhode Island’s consumers, businesses and government agencies continued to benefit from Verizon’s 2013 investment of more than $78 million in its industry-leading fiber-optic and Internet Protocol-based networks, including the completion of its award-winning all-fiber FiOS network in 29 communities.
The FiOS network in Rhode Island, the construction of which began in 2006, now reaches approximately 87 percent of residents and businesses in the state. FiOS voice, Internet and TV services, offered on what is widely recognized as the most advanced network anywhere, are now available to some 443,000 residences and businesses in 29 of Rhode Island’s 39 communities. The amount of fiber Verizon has deployed in Rhode Island now totals more than 6,000 miles, enough to stretch from Woonsocket to Westerly and back 100 times. [ Read the press release ]
Verizon’s major initiatives in 2013 in Rhode Island included:
Completing the expansion of the company’s award-winning 100 percent fiber-optic FiOS voice, Internet and TV services in all licensed FiOS communities, bringing competition and cable choice to residents and businesses in those communities. FiOS voice, Internet and TV services are now available to more than 443,000 Rhode Island homes and businesses in 29 cities and towns.
With an $11,500 grant, renewed its sponsorship of the Founder’s League, a technology incubator that provides support for startup companies that are catalysts for Rhode Island’s economic growth.
Selected two Rhode Island schools, Smithfield High School and Western Hills Middle School in Cranston, as two of 24 Best in Region winners of the Verizon Innovation App Challenge. Each school will receive a $5,000 grant to support STEM programs. The goal of the app challenge is to increase student interest and knowledge in STEM subjects and mobile technology through an engaging and empowering learning experience.
Our infrastructure investment breaks down traditional technological boundaries, providing powerful solutions that enable people and businesses in the Ocean State 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.