Stepping up for Australia.
Today on Up To Speed: Helping those impacted by the bushfires and an update from CES.
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Our thoughts remain with all of those affected by the ongoing bushfires in Australia.
According to Reuters, more than 25.5 million acres of land -- an area the size of South Korea -- has been razed by bushfires across the country in recent weeks. Thousands of people have been left homeless, while many in rural towns have spent days without electricity, communications and, in some cases, drinking water.
On the front lines of the bushfires is Steve Bruce, a V Teamer in Network Engineering & Operations and volunteer firefighter for 15 years. He and his son are currently fighting fires near Sydney. Thank you, Steve, for stepping up in this time of need.
To show our support for those in Australia, we’ve made a $100,000 donation to the Australian Red Cross and an additional $50,000 to WIRES, a wildlife emergency rescue organization. Also, to help our impacted V Teamers, please consider donating to the VtoV Employee Relief Fund. Our charity provides aid for Verizon employees displaced from their homes due to a natural or personal emergency.
Check out the corporate giving page for more information and to donate to these organizations.
News from CES
A leader in tech, Verizon is once again front and center at this week’s Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. Consumer leader Ronan Dunne spoke at the Citi TMT West Conference (part of CES), where he discussed where the industry is heading and how Verizon is helping shape it.
And George Koroneos is out at CES to get us all the updates. From robots playing ping-pong to drones and 8K TV’s, we’ve got you covered on everything happening. Stay tuned for more highlights throughout the week.