Who's ready for the game?

By: Jessica Bonardi

See how Verizon is helping set up small businesses, public safety and the local Tampa community for victory.

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Today’s Up To Speed comes to us from Tampa Bay, FL, where the Chiefs and Buccaneers will play this Sunday in Super Bowl LV. Jess Bonardi showed us that another team has been working hard in the area: us! Even though the Super circumstances are a little different this year, we showed up in championship style to make sure the local community and football fans everywhere will be big winners.

Verizon Business leader Tami Erwin shared how we’re creating great 5G experiences to help move small businesses, first responders, sports fans and even gamers forward.

Much-needed help for small businesses

We’re using the Super Bowl as a platform to launch a multi-year commitment to help one million small businesses by 2030. Providing both funding and technology resources, we’re committed to the long-term health of small businesses through the pandemic and beyond.

We’re also hosting the ultimate Super Bowl after-party in support of small businesses. The lineup will include performances by artists across genres highlighting small businesses they know and love.

In addition, we’ve partnered with select small businesses in Tampa and other markets to empower them with connectivity, security and support with the unmatched power of Verizon’s 5G.

Public safety

Public safety and the work we do there is paramount. Public Sector leader Andrés Irlando and former New York City Police Commissioner Bill Bratton explained that Verizon is America’s #1 network for public safety and an indispensable partner to federal, state, local and public safety agencies.

We provide the comprehensive, end-to-end technologies first responders need to help accomplish their missions and better serve the public. Our teams are working closely with local first responders in Tampa and Raymond James Stadium to help ensure that first responders and attendees stay connected.

Verizon’s own command center will be actively monitoring network activity, with more than 100 technicians and engineers closely watching everywhere the Verizon networks touch throughout Tampa and in and around the stadium.

The Verizon Response Team, which deploys during large events and emergencies and is available 24/7/365, is at the ready to provide technology and solutions to public safety if needed to enable communications and/or boost network performance.

We’re helping keep people safe and connected. Thanks to Commissioner Bratton, Andrés, Tami and all of our hard-working teams. Stay tuned for later in the week as we bring you more from Tampa Bay.

If you have any questions, email them to live@verizon.com.

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