Making an abuela’s dream come true.

By: Cara Jurkowski

How the Wireline Network Organization is celebrating 20 years of Fios. Plus, an apparel company gets an unexpected blessing.

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On today’s episode of Up To Speed Live:

4Q Earnings Webcast - Watch and Win (or complete the survey and win)

This week was our 4Q Earnings Webcast with Hans and our leadership team. If you haven’t yet seen it, be sure to check out the replay here. Or if you want a chance to win great swag while enjoying a simple and clear mobile experience, get on the Inside Verizon App (get it for Apple | get it for Android). Just scroll down to the Watch and Win section, click the button to enter the drawing, and watch. How easy is that?

If you’ve already watched, be sure to fill out the webcast survey. Why? Because we’re always striving to improve … and, yeah, you got us. We’ve got more swag to give away!

Hey amigos, ¿Están listos para unos buenos partidos de fútbol? [00:56]

Soccer fans, no need to feel ignored with Super Bowl Fever in the air! We just partnered with LaLiga to launch the El Partidazo (“the great game”) program, a year-long event series highlighting some of Spain’s biggest soccer teams and matches plus plenty of fan festivities across the country.

Next Events: Coming to New York City and Washington, D.C. on Sunday, February 4, and Saturday, March 16, so be on the lookout for more information soon!

A super surprise for these Super Kids [01:56]

With the Super Bowl around the corner, we teamed up with the NFL, the Las Vegas Raiders and other organizations for the NFL Super Kids-Super Sharing donation project. More than 50 local schools, dozens of local recreation centers, and YMCA locations have been gathering new and gently used sports equipment, books, school supplies and games which will be shared today with local schools and organizations that serve children in under-resourced communities across Las Vegas.

Our contribution: $5,000 grants to both the Donna Street Community Center and Nevada Housing and Neighborhood Development, and is one of six sustainability events NFL Green is hosting with Verizon during NFL Green Week.

Another surprising development – for this Latina entrepreneur [02:53]

On Wednesday, we pulled off yet another great surprise, this time at SoFi Stadium in Inglewood, California. We invited Latina small business owner Guadalupe Tlatenchi to participate in a panel discussion hosted by Verizon and the LA Rams to help educate other entrepreneurs in her community by talking about her experiences as owner of GTLA Apparel Manufacturing – a business she built with the help of our Small Business Digital Ready program.

So imagine Guadalupe’s surprise as we presented her with a $10,000 grant to further support her work making the LA garment industry more sustainable and equitable with her innovative business.

Why you should watch: [03:48] Learn about how Guadalupe’s business is rooted in social justice, spurred by her abuela’s experience as a garment worker. Learn more about all the responsible business efforts in which Verizon takes part.

Our new bundle brings together two entertainment greats: Netflix + STARZ [05:10]

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Learn more here.

For less than a latte, we have the assistance you need on the (literal) road of life [05:51]

If you’ve ever found yourself on the side of the road, wondering who to call, you know that the time to think about roadside assistance is way before you ever get in the situation. Now you can get it for $2.50 per month, a savings of 50%! That means we have your back 24/7 in the U.S. (including Alaska, Hawaii and Puerto Rico) for jumping your dead battery, changing your flat tire, and more.

Still hesitating? We’ve partnered with Apple to provide service even if you don’t have a signal – thanks to advanced satellite technology. Get all the info and sign up here.

😮 This one, you just gotta see: The Wireline Network Organization Kickoff – this Unstoppable team is celebrating 🥳20 years of Fios! See the highlights [06:47]

📅 Tune in to the next Up To Speed on Tuesday, January 30 at 2 p.m. ET as we announce a new partnership in 🎸Music City!

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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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