Hello 2020. Goodbye robocalls.

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Up To Speed week in review: We’ve got news on the TRACED Act, plus 5G is live in Buffalo.

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TRACED Act becomes law to enforce penalties on robocallers.

After passing votes in the U.S. House of Representatives and Senate in 2019, the Telephone Robocall Abuse Criminal Enforcement and Deterrence (TRACED) Act was signed into law this week by President Trump. The new law will increase penalties against illegal robocallers and enhance cooperation between the government and service providers to trace the origin of illegal calls. The law also requires the U.S. Attorney General to create a task force for the prosecution of robocall offenders. In 2019, Verizon blocked almost 3 billion spam calls to customers through our free call filter app. You can read more about what the TRACED Act legislation will mean for the future right here.

5G touches down in Buffalo for football and hockey fans.

Sports fans in Buffalo, NY, will have something extra special to cheer for in 2020. Last week, Verizon turned on 5G Ultra Wideband service in the city’s football stadium and hockey arena. In a radio interview with WBEN, Verizon’s David Weissmann told listeners that 5G Ultra Wideband is the real deal. “We’re seeing the 5G network we’re deploying getting well over 1 Gigabit per second,” David said. “It’s faster than most people have internet connectivity in their home.” Read more about 5G in Buffalo and listen to the full segment on WBEN right here.

The week in review.

In 2019, we made a lot of news -- and we made a few mistakes too. Watch our blooper reel for the year.

Jess and Sravya hit the gym this week to get 2020 started off right with some of the best fitness tech available.

Also, if you missed our Year in Review episodes during the holidays, check out 2019 highlights from Andy, Jeremy, and Sravya.

Tune in for the 2020 Kickoff Webcast on Monday January 6.

Mark your calendars, Hans is kicking off 2020 with a webcast Monday at 11 AM ET/8 AM PT. Hans and the leadership team will share more about the new employee stock program, talk about 2020 objectives, and kick off the year-long celebration of Verizon’s 20th anniversary.

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