Test Force is ready for kickoff.

By: Cara Jurkowski

An inside look at how our network is improving Allegiant Stadium. Plus, we want to know how you plan to stay safe in 2024.

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On today’s edition of Up to Speed Live with hosts Jen Marin and Raquel Wilson:

Historic rainfall on the West Coast

In the wake of historic rainfall and flooding, California residents are worrying about staying safe and dry. That’s why we’re offering some assistance in the form of:

  • Waiving prepaid and postpaid call/text/data usage incurred from February 4 to February 13 for California residents in the areas most impacted by the storm.
  • Committing $100,000 in relief funds to organizations including the American Red Cross, The San Diego Foundation and Wildcoast to support individuals impacted by the flooding, as well as flood mitigation efforts near the U.S. Border.

For more information: English, Espanol

How to help: Support VtoV, our employee relief fund to help employees affected by natural disasters.

▶️ Press play for this: Jess Bonardi is broadcasting from Las Vegas! [01:27]

🎰 What happens in Vegas… helps to make Vegas an even better place! [2:22]

At least, that’s what happens when Verizon comes to town. When we are in town to provide network support for an event like the Super Bowl, we don’t just make improvements and provide support for the game. In Las Vegas, we made lasting improvements to the network in terms of speed and capacity – not just at the stadium but for the surrounding community.

Watch the Test Force talk about their improvements and give us a tour of Allegiant Stadium [2:50]

And speaking of the community, we made grants and gave tools to small businesses, donated tech and tools for local students and worked with a nonprofit organization to provide groceries to local families.

Get more information about all of our activities in Las Vegas.

📒🖊️ Watch out, Raquel and Jen, these Junior Reporters are learning quickly! [05:08]

Check out Nic, Julian and Amari! These students-turned-reporters were selected with help from our partners at the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department. Recently, they were participants in the department’s 12-week DREAM program to empower students.

The best part? These junior newshounds will have the opportunity to interview famous football players and help us cover all the Verizon events leading up to the big game!

🏈Check out the Super Bowl landing page for all the events leading up to the big day.

📊 Interested in what we’re telling our sell-side analysts? Have a look at this analyst event. [06:29]

Check out the video to see Investor Relations leader Brady Connor chat about how the event brought together Verizon leaders, along with with analysts, to answer their questions, reinforce our strategy, discuss 2024 priorities and review our plans to keep up the momentum throughout the year.

🐉 Celebrating the Year of the Dragon can be a literal, visual and spiritual feast! [07:17]

Saturday, February 10 is the start of Lunar New Year – and according to the Chinese zodiac, 2024 is the Year of the Dragon, symbolizing power, nobility, honor, luck and success. More than 1.5 billion people celebrate Lunar New Year each year. Check out the video to see how they celebrate and what makes the holiday so meaningful.

🥳 Join the celebration: On February 13, the PACE employee resource group and executive sponsors Joe Russo and Aparna Khurjekar will host their Lunar New Year celebration live from Basking Ridge, and all V Teamers are invited! You can join in person at Basking Ridge or at our Watch Parties in the Work Forward Engagement Hubs, and via video everywhere else. It all happens at 5 p.m. ET and will be hosted by our good friend, Andy Choi. Get all the information here.

🦺 Take the Safety Pledge for the most important people in your life [10:21]

Of all the things you can do on the job, returning home safely to your loved ones is the most important. We all know that there is no job so urgent, no text so important and no gear so uncomfortable that we should skip safety routines, text and drive or leave behind potentially life-saving gear.

Pledge to be safe (you could win a hat!): Join Hans, the Environmental Health and Safety team, and us here at Up to Speed (as well as V Teamers worldwide) in taking the Verizon Safety Pledge, and why not dedicate it to the special people who want you home at the end of the day?

🏈 Just for Fun (and swag!) take the Super Bowl Poll! [12:30]

Who do YOU think is going to win the biggest game around this weekend? If you have an opinion, just stop by the #insideverizon Slack channel and vote in our Super Bowl Poll! You could win some excellent swag – and while you’re there, take a second to click that big green JOIN CHANNEL button, so you can stay up to date on everything Inside Verizon.

Be sure to tune in Friday, Feb. 9 for more Super Bowl fun and a BIG SURPRISE!

🗣️💬Talk to me, baby!

What are you most excited about on gameday? The friends? The gameplay? The 7-layer dip? Let us know in the comments!

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About the author:

Cara Jurkowski is a failed standup comedian who made up for her lack of comedic success by spending the past two decades telling stories about the communications industry and the amazing people who work to connect the world. When she is not writing about Verizon, she lives in an unofficial Lego museum, slowly working through a steadily growing backlog of unbuilt sets at a perfectly acceptable pace.

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