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On today’s Up To Speed Live, Diana shared the following updates.

Another win for Verizon Connect

In case you missed the latest Commercial Telematics Vendors Competitive Ranking report by ABI Research, Verizon Connect ranked No. 1 in innovation for fleet management systems globally and was also named an industry leader in implementation.

Verizon Connect's fleet management system helps businesses manage their fleet of vehicles and assets and enables companies to reduce costs, improve efficiency and ensure compliance across their entire fleet operation. Thanks to advancements in artificial Intelligence (AI), machine learning, computer vision and Internet of Things (IoT), Verizon Connect has moved from delivering products to delivering extraordinary experiences.

“To be recognized in fleet management is a real endorsement of all the work we’ve been doing,” said Peter Mitchell, Chief Technology Officer of Verizon Connect. “We’re really proud of the work of all of our teams across the globe to achieve this.”

Mobile air quality lab

Aclima, an environmental intelligence company, has developed a networked, mobile air quality lab. Earlier this week, Communications team member Heidi Flato hosted Aclima and an Accuweather meteorologist/volunteer firefighter to talk about the effects of the West Coast wildfires and how Verizon is responding.

Here come the deals

Starting this weekend, for $20/month you can get an iPhone 11 Pro, for $25/month you get an iPhone 11 Pro Max, and for $25/month you can grab the Samsung Note 20 5G.

If you’re on the employee phone program, you are eligible and all of the details are on the web.

Friends and Family

Do you have friends or family who aren’t Verizon customers? They can get up to $25 off per month on mobile and $10 off per month on Fios when they switch to Verizon with our Friends and Family discount. Get your promo code and find details on how to share with your loved ones on the About You page on VZWeb, Media employees can get the info on The Street and all available via My Verizon app.

Maintaining our Power position

A big shout out to Fios, ranked number one for the East region in the latest JD Power and Associates Residential ISP Satisfaction Study. That’s the 8th time in a row that we’ve ranked number one in the East region, and Fios also ranks number one in the region for performance and reliability among Internet Service Providers. Congrats to everyone who contributed to another big win.

My Why: Kisiah Timmons

In today’s My Why segment, we meet Kisiah Timmons, Principal Product Designer, of Dulles, VA, a V Teamer who comes to work every day thinking about how to include everyone in everything we do. And her cooking? Let’s put it this way: don’t watch if you’re hungry.

Mi Historia: Johnny Gomez Orozco

Hispanic Heritage Month is in full swing, and today we introduce you to a man who gets his work ethic and accountability from his mother. Meet Johnny Gomez Orozco, a systems engineer whose life journey has taken him from Nicaragua to his current home with Verizon in Raleigh, NC.

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Race and Social Justice Action Toolkit

Would you like to start a chat with a colleague, family member or friend about social justice, but aren’t sure how to do it? Be sure to check out our Race and Social Justice Action Toolkit that can help you find someone to talk to, or get tips on how to have tough conversations.

We Mean Business

Yesterday, Verizon announced a $1 million dollar grant to We Mean Business, a global coalition of nonprofits working with businesses to take action on climate change. The funding will provide one million small and medium sized businesses from around the world with tech-enabled carbon footprint quantification tools and the education to enable a 50% reduction of their carbon emissions by 2030. The ultimate goal is to get all of these businesses to net zero before 2050. This grant furthers our commitment through Citizen Verizon.


A quick reminder, we showed you the trailer for MAKERS’ new documentary NOT DONE earlier this week. It’s a celebration of how far we’ve come with the women’s movement and the work we still need to do. It premieres on PBS on October 27 at 8 PM ET (check local listings).

Life tips from Sri Sri

We have a special segment with Guru Gowrappan, Rathi Murthy, and Sri Sri Ravi Shankar, a globally renowned humanitarian, spiritual leader and peacemaker. In their conversation, they discuss how to be your best self during these uncertain and stressful times, including techniques you can start using today.

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