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Happy Friday! On today’s Up To Speed Live, host Diana Alvear shared the latest updates and a look back at a very busy week.

Up To Speed Week In Review

Monday: Host Andy Choi was live with our Communications intern Adi Wineland, along with two network rockstars George Riggins and Julie Slattery, to walk us through some network wins.

Tuesday: George Koroneos was back to talk Mix and Match 2.0, along with whole home wifi and other goodies.

Wednesday: We celebrated the hard work of our V Team during our 2Q results webcast and got hyped up to close the second half strong. If you haven’t yet seen the replay, be sure to check it out. Hans didn’t have three things to talk about to friends and family at the dinner table, but four! Speaking of friends and family, don’t forget to share our Friends and Family promo code. Get more details here.

Thursday: We introduced you to some new robot friends and the brand new Robotics Business Technology unit at New Business Incubation.

Now, to today’s news...

Western U.S. wildfire response

The wildfires in Oregon and other Western states are so severe that V Teamers as far away as New Jersey saw the haze on Wednesday evening. As always, the Verizon Response Team (VRT) is on the scene.

Verizon Frontline technology has been delivered to more than 70 locations by the VRT to help enable mission-critical communications in remote areas. Verizon Frontline is our advanced network and technology built for first responders, developed over three decades of partnership with the public safety community. The VRT is supporting, or has supported, interagency wildland fire management teams in their efforts to combat fires in 15 states.

Our thanks to VRT and the first responders who continue to battle these blazes as we enter the peak of the wildfire season.

Support VtoV

Speaking of running to a crisis, you can help V Teamers in need by donating to the VtoV Employee Relief Fund. Supported by your donations, the fund helps employees displaced from their homes because of natural disasters, fires or as a result of domestic violence. Learn more and donate.

Latest TV spot

Chief Marketing Officer Diego Scotti reminded us that ‒ no matter what the competition claims ‒ there is only one best network in America and that’s Verizon. To help broadcast that message, he shared our newest spot, which highlights our recent network wins.

New planet-friendly packaging

We’re introducing new packaging for our in-store accessories with some great new features. For starters, it’s 100% ready for recycling. The boxes and its components are made with 100% post-consumer waste paper, and the updates have reduced CO2 emissions by 22%.

In addition, each purchase helps meet Verizon's goal for this year of planting a tree for each qualifying accessory sold, up to 1 million trees. The purchase supports our Citizen Verizon commitment to climate protection. As for our accessories, many of our products are now made with 50% recycled plastics or sustainable plant-based materials and some provide a limited lifetime warranty.

Mental health discussion

Our Employee Resource Group Advance held an event last week on the intersectionality between mental health and BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and People of Color). Check out the replay to hear this meaningful conversation in its entirety.

American with Disabilities day

This Monday, July 26, marks the 31st anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act. Check out this list of all of the related resources and Disability Pride month events taking place.

Verizon Mobile Protect

Would you like peace of mind when it comes to securing your investment in your mobile devices? With Verizon Mobile Protect, you’ll have access to same-day delivery and setup for replacements and new devices purchased on verizon.com. You’ll also get access to Tech Coach and Security Advisor experts, available 24/7 to help resolve security vulnerabilities. These new benefits are in addition to unlimited cracked screen repairs and battery replacement for all eligible devices. Sign up and get all of these benefits and more.

Ripple of Hope honors Hans

Each year, the Ripple of Hope Award Gala celebrates leaders of the international business, entertainment and activist communities who demonstrate a commitment to social change and reflect Robert Kennedy’s passion for equality, justice and basic human rights. This year, our Chairman and CEO Hans Vestberg will be honored alongside Stacey Abrams, José E. Feliciano and Deven Parekh. Congratulations to Hans and all of the honorees!

If you have any questions, email them to live@verizon.com.

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