Basking in the glow.

By: Andy Choi
Manager - Corporate Communications

Like Tom Brady, we’re looking back at our incredible big game performance.

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On today’s Up To Speed Live, host Andy Choi looked back at a Super weekend.

Bowled over: number seven for Tom, 5G for us

How was that for a Super Bowl? If you were rooting for the Bucs, congrats. If you were rooting for the Chiefs, there’s always next year. And most importantly, congrats to our V Teamers who helped make the Super Bowl so special for us and for all of our stakeholders.

Did you Watch Together? We did.

Despite the challenges of putting on a live sporting event during this pandemic, Verizon still provided game-changing, memorable ways that ensured the Super Bowl was still an experience we can enjoy collectively. We’ve been talking about how Watch Together on the Yahoo Sports app comes in handy during times like these, and our leaders did just that as Ronan and Guru took to the app and joined some of our V Teamers to enjoy the game.

Super Stadiums – real and virtual

Speaking of game change-changing ways to watch the Super Bowl, those of us using our 5G Ultra Wideband network via an iPhone 12 had access to the SuperStadium experience on the NFL app. If you were at home, you had access to five camera angles to watch the game. Those lucky enough to be in the stadium had access to seven camera angles.

Fortnite Creative

Our gaming fans could also get in the Super Bowl spirit by playing games in the Verizon 5G virtual stadium in Fortnite Creative. George gave a helpful tutorial about the geography of the Creative Hub to help anyone find the stadium easily.

By the way, some gaming stats for all of us to think about:

  • Digital gamers in the U.S. alone total 190 million strong
  • 75% of every household has at least one gamer

Becoming the network of choice for gamers is going to be a big deal for us, and it’s why our Super Bowl ad featuring Samuel L Jackson last night brought with it not only some fun, but a very important message: 5G Ultra Wideband is going to make gaming ultra responsive — with ultra-low lag times — and that’s a win-win for all of our gaming customers.

These experiences, — live and virtual — are just some of the examples of how we continue to lead the way when it comes to making big moments matter.

Great music, great cause

After the game, our Big Concert for Small Business focused on helping one million small businesses get back on their feet through the power of music and the power of our network. The concert featured performances from Alicia Keys, Brandi Carlile, Luke Bryan, Christina Aguilera, Miley Cyrus and many more.

Verizon is committing 10 million dollars to small business support through the nonprofit Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC), focusing on business owners in historically underserved communities. In addition, Verizon partnered with select Tampa-area small businesses to equip them with 5G connectivity and the tools to accelerate digital transformation, all to aid in their recovery.

Virtual chocolate tasting

With Valentine’s Day coming up, we have the perfect event just for you. CocoAndré is a Dallas-based small business that produces hand-crafted chocolate. Verizon Business is working with CocoAndré this Thursday, February 11, at 8 PM ET/5 PM PT for an hour-long chocolate tasting class conducted via BlueJeans by Verizon, of course. This is another small business benefiting from our Verizon Small Business Partnership Program, in which we provide connectivity, security and more.

Also, make sure you tune into tomorrow’s Up To Speed episode, where we’ll be featuring Valentine’s Day tips and how Verizon can help make the holiday extra special.

Take your VZPulse

Folks, another reminder to take your Q1 VZPulse Survey. You’ve got until Friday to do that; it should take you just a few minutes. Make sure your voice is heard.

Inspiring words

Andy wrapped up today’s episode with a quote from the man whom the Super Bowl trophy is named after: Coach Vince Lombardi.

The achievements of an organization are the results of the combined effort of each individual. People who work together will win, whether it be against complex football defenses, or the problems of modern society. Individual commitment to a group effort – that is what makes a team work, a company work, a society work, a civilization work.

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