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December |
2020
History of Giving
Verizon connects frontline heroes & restaurants

Verizon’s ‘Food for Frontline Workers’ program provides 150,000 meals across the country during the COVID-19 pandemic.

December |
2020
Network Innovations
Verizon and AWS bring MEC to Denver and Seattle

10 cities across the country benefit from Verizon's 5G Edge technology.

December |
2020
Network Innovations
Verizon extends 5G to cover 230 million people

Verizon provides an additional 24 million customers in Central Texas; Tulsa, Oklahoma; Upstate New York; and New England areas access to Verizon’s 5G nationwide network.

November |
2020
History of Giving
Verizon joins the Trillion Trees Platform

Verizon pledges to double its current goal, set in 2019, of 10 million trees planted by 2030, to 20 million trees. The company’s reforestation efforts include planting over three million trees since 2009.

November |
2020
History of Giving
Verizon offers 3M+ teachers free tools

Verizon increases its investment in support of remote learning with the launch of a Teacher Training Pathways program and partnership with Digital Promise.

October |
2020
Corporate
Verizon launches blockchain tech for news

Verizon launches "Full Transparency", a blockchain-based, open-source newsroom product designed to raise the bar for corporate accountability.

October |
2020
Mergers & Acquisitions
Verizon agrees to purchase Bluegrass Cellular

Company to acquire certain assets and subscribers of Bluegrass Cellular in RSAs 3, 4 and 5 in Kentucky.

October |
2020
New Products & Services
LTE Home Internet expands to more rural areas

LTE Home Internet becomes available in parts of 189 markets across 48 states.

October |
2020
Network Innovations
Fastest 5G Network gets bigger and better

Verizon deploys 5G Ultra Wideband service, built on mmWave spectrum, in 19 additional U.S. cities, 19 stadiums and six airports.

September |
2020
Mergers & Acquisitions
Verizon to acquire TracFone Wireless, Inc.

Verizon enters into an agreement with America Movil to acquire TracFone Wireless, Inc., the leading U.S. pre-paid and value mobile provider.

September |
2020
Corporate
Verizon prices second green bond

Verizon’s second green bond affirms its commitment to take responsibility for protecting the environment. Verizon remains the only U.S. telecommunications company to have completed a Green Bond.

August |
2020
Network Innovations
First U.S. network to secure 5G roaming service

The successful trials for voice, data and text messaging were conducted on the live production 5G network in South Korea with a prototype device using dual frequencies.

August |
2020
New Products & Services
Partnership with Airtel brings BlueJeans to India

Bharti Airtel Ltd. (“Airtel”), India’s largest integrated telecom company, and Verizon announced a strategic alliance to bring secure, world-class video conferencing solutions to businesses in India.

August |
2020
Network Innovations
First end-to-end fully virtualized 5G data session

This milestone paves the way for wide-scale mobile edge computing and network slicing, and will enable Verizon to rapidly respond to customers’ varied latency and computing needs.

August |
2020
Network Innovations
5G Future Forum releases tech specs for 5g MEC

The specifications will be a major step forward in enabling global interoperability for 5G and Multi-access Edge Computing (MEC) deployment to deliver efficient and innovative services to end customers.

July |
2020
History of Giving
‘Citizen Verizon“ launches

Verizon’s plan to drive economic, environmental and social progress by expanding digital access, protecting the climate, and preparing people for the jobs of the future

July |
2020
Corporate
Most awarded brand by JD Power

Verizon has been named the most awarded wireless company for network quality by J.D. Power 25 consecutive times

July |
2020
Network Innovations
First military base to test 5G

MCAS Miramar will act as a 5G “living lab,” facilitating collaboration between the Department of Defense and commercial partners.

July |
2020
New Products & Services
Verizon expands home Internet options to customers

TE Home Internet initial launch includes Savannah, GA; Springfield, MO and Tri Cities, TN/VA/KY

June |
2020
Corporate
Verizon commits $10 million to social justice

In response to the protests and events that unfolded in 2020, the Verizon Foundation committed $10 million to social justice organizations.

June |
2020
Network Innovations
Verizon launches first 5G enabled Laptop

Verizon launched the world’s first 5G Ultra-Wideband laptop — the new Lenovo Flex 5G

June |
2020
Corporate
Verizon signs the Climate Pledge

Verizon committed to meeting the Paris Agreement 10 years early to become carbon neutral by 2035.

May |
2020
Network Innovations
Verizon creates 5G Virtual Lab

Verizon evolved the Lab environment into a virtual space to accelerate the collaboration needed to use 5G during the COVID-19 global pandemic.

April |
2020
New Products & Services
Verizon enters into agreement to acquire BlueJeans

The acquisition of this trusted enterprise-grade video conferencing and event platform, expands Verizon's immersive unified communications portfolio

March |
2020
Corporate
Verizon prepared to serve customers during COVID-1

Verizon works with customers impacted by COVID-19 to provide the best financial options.

March |
2020
New Products & Services
Yahoo & Verizon join forces to launch Yahoo Mobile

Yahoo unveiled its first-ever unlimited phone plan to bring a new, personalized Yahoo experience to the market.

February |
2020
Network Innovations
Verizon & Emory light up first 5G healthcare lab

Verizon and Emory Healthcare have entered into a strategic partnership to develop and test 5G Ultra Wideband-enabled use cases that could transform the healthcare industry.

February |
2020
Corporate
Verizon issues first Green Bond Report

Allocating nearly $500M in first green bond report. In February 2019, Verizon became the first U.S. telecom company to issue a green bond.

January |
2020
Corporate
Verizon reaffirms carbon neutrality pledge

Verizon CEO, Hans Vestberg, while at the 50th World Economic Forum Annual Meeting taking place in Davos, Switzerland, reaffirmed Verizon’s commitment to carbon neutrality by 2035.

January |
2020
Network Innovations
Verizon powers first 5G Super Bowl

Verizon’s 5G Ultra Wideband network will be accessible around the airports and in parts of Downtown, Miami’s Bayfront Park, and Hard Rock Stadium, the site of Super Bowl LIV.

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