The importance of giving back.

By: Jennifer Marin
Communications Strategist/Writer

How V Teamers showed up for Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service. Plus, meet Amanda Bailey, a V Teamer from our VGS organization.

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On today’s live edition of Up To Speed, we shared the following updates:

How the V Team volunteered for Martin Luther King Jr. Day

Yesterday was Martin Luther King Jr. Day, a federally recognized day of service to honor Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s legacy.

Many V Teamers across the world shared their photos participating in volunteer work. If you took some time out of your day to volunteer, make sure to tag us on social @InsideVerizon or send an email to We would love to check out the pictures!

Verizon Consumer Group news

Last Wednesday, our CEO Hans Vestberg, VCG leaders and V Teamers across the country gathered in-person and virtually for the 2023 VCG kickoff.

During the high-energy event, leaders shared their priorities for the year and all the ways in which they will deliver growth, drive customer loyalty and create incredible customer experiences across our entire portfolio— from home to mobile and from value to premium.

If you weren’t able to watch live or want to relive the moment, check out the replay.

Verizon Business news

This weekend, Verizon Business was at the National Retail Federation Big Show in NYC to demonstrate the major impact Verizon 5G, reliable connectivity, collaboration solutions and more have on the retail industry. Demonstrations included:

  • A hologram experience
  • 5G Edge Cashierless Checkout
  • Automated returns
  • BlueJeans by Verizon
  • Data protection
  • And more!

And in other top business news, Verizon announced the launch of Verizon Mobile for Microsoft Teams, a new service that integrates mobile devices with Microsoft Teams for easier calling and collaboration.

Verizon launched Verizon Mobile for Microsoft Teams to create a unified business communications experience, delivering true mobile flexibility with the power of Verizon 5G and Teams to users working from anywhere.

Global Network and Technology news

Residents and visitors in the Silver Valley area of Northern Idaho just got a boost to their network service. Verizon engineers recently completed an upgrade to the cell sites serving the area, deploying fiber cables to move data from local cell towers through the rest of the network.

And this wasn’t an ordinary upgrade: It will give our customers more capacity, faster response time, and laid the infrastructure for future network growth in the form of new towers coming to the area soon.

And, our network team members proved they were committed to upgrading our network regardless of the elements that attempted to slow them down.

Joseph Soumis, an engineer in Network Operations, and Thomas A. Stobaugh, senior manager of Network Operation, braved the snow and freezing temps to complete the upgrade. Yet another example of the dedication to deliver the best Network.

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Verizon Global Services Group kicks off 2023 together

The Verizon Global Services Group met for their 2023 kickoff to discuss how they will deliver on their mission to enable customer and V Teamer end-to-end experiences and do it more efficiently than ever.

We caught up with Amanda Bailey, a V Teamer from the VGS organization who shared her excitement following today’s event.

If you have any questions, email them to

Click here for a transcript of the webcast.

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About the author:

Jennifer Marin is a former local news reporter/anchor. She was born in Colombia but raised in Northern New Jersey. She loves to craft new recipes, create videos, and spend time with her pug, Sweetie.

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