Historic event? Count on us.

By: Andy Choi

Verizon's network supports Washington D.C. Plus, Yahoo’s Watch Together.

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Thanks for starting your week with Up To Speed. We hope you had a rejuvenating weekend and spent yesterday’s MLK Day with some meaningful reflection. Of course, many of our V Teamers volunteered to honor Dr. King’s day of service. Hopefully, we all feel inspired moving forward.

Supporting the Inauguration

Tomorrow is Inauguration Day in the U.S.. Every inauguration is an important moment in history, and it’s also a massive communications project. Once again, Verizon’s networks and our great V Teamers play critical roles in the preparations and planning.

This year, we’ve brought in a cross-functional team of engineers and technicians to support the big event. From adding additional 4G and 5G coverage and capacity, to provisioning new Fios hubs and data circuits, the network teams have been deploying and upgrading service in multiple locations throughout the DC Metro area.

In addition, another vital part of the event is our Audio Video Operations Center, also known as the AVOC. This vital hub transmits video and communication feeds from live events at the White House, the U.S. Capitol building and other Washington locations to the major news networks.

Our network teams continue to show up when these essential communication needs are in demand. This year, we’ve put enhanced protocols in place to ensure employee safety due to COVID-19 and the heightened security around the U.S. Capitol. That said, we can’t thank our network V Teamers enough for all they do on the ground to keep us connected. Stay safe, team.

Watch Together

As a way to connect with friends and family during tomorrow’s Inauguration, even with social distancing, you can still enjoy a shared experience with Watch Together. That’s Yahoo’s new co-viewing platform, which gives you and your favorite peeps the ability to get together virtually and enjoy a synchronized stream from live sports or other events. Make some lasting memories by trying out Watch Together during tomorrow’s ceremony.

Be sure to catch #Next20

Speaking of family-friendly content, Diana Alvear hosted the latest installment of #Next20, speaking with experts about how to help your kids navigate emotions during these turbulent times. There’s some great mental health tips for all of us as well. Catch the full replay.

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