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Verizon challenges middle and high school students to develop innovative apps

Business Council member Verizon is once again calling on middle school and high school students to gather their teams, dream up ideas, and create concepts for mobile apps that could solve problems in their schools and communities.

The first two Verizon Innovative App Challenges have encouraged thousands of students to develop an interest in science, technology, engineering and math, the so-called STEM subjects, and have awarded cash grants totaling $340,000 – and 130 new tablets, courtesy of Samsung Telecommunications America – to winning teams. Verizon is extending the program as part of its commitment to the Obama administration’s ConnectED initiative, to which the company has pledged up to $100 million in cash and in-kind contributions over the next three years.

This year’s program will name eight teams Best in Nation and reward them with cash grants of $20,000 each and new Samsung tablets for each team member. The deadline for submission is Nov. 24, and the winners will be named in January 2015.

Teams can register now and learn more about the Verizon Innovative App Challenge at (www.verizonfoundation.org/appchallenge).

Verizon’s significant investment in New York City’s fiber-optic infrastructure

VerizonVerizon announced today that is has installed almost 89 million feet or nearly 17,000 miles of fiber optic infrastructure in New York City, enough to stretch over six trips between New York and Los Angeles.

The company’s fiber infrastructure in the city includes facilities for interoffice and backbone network equipment, specialized fiber for large enterprise customers, as well its revolutionary FiOS services serving consumers and small businesses.

Unlike cable, FiOS utilizes light to transfer video and data signals all the way to a home or business, making it the highest-performing communications technology available. FiOS currently delivers download speeds as high as 500 megabits per second (Mbps) and upload speeds of up to 100 Mbps.  These speeds give customers the ability to download a 2-hour HD video in just over a minute-and-a- half and upload the average PowerPoint presentation in less than a second.

Verizon is meeting its goal to run its all-fiber telecommunications network throughout all five boroughs. “This is the largest, most-ambitious fiber-optic deployment in any U.S. city. We have invested more than $3 billion in the city alone, making it one of the most ‘fiberized’ cities on the planet,” said Kevin Service, Verizon’s president for the company’s Northeast Area.  “Our 12,000 New York City employees are proud to bring this future-proof  technology to the people of New York City.”

Service also said that the company has worked with the city confirming each annual benchmark established for upgrading its network for video service availability in the five boroughs.  As of the end of 2013, the company had completed network upgrades passing premises in  90 percent of the Bronx, 89 percent of Brooklyn, 94 percent of Manhattan, 90 percent of Queens and virtually the entirety of Staten Island — all as called for under the Cable Franchise Agreement with the city.

In addition, the company has already made FiOS available to more than 60,000 New York City public housing units.

After Superstorm Sandy, the company accelerated its plans for installing fiber-optic technology to replace cables and other infrastructure elements that were destroyed by the unprecedented flooding. In the most dramatic example, the company installed fiber-optic cables and networking equipment throughout lower Manhattan and in some of the coastal neighborhoods in Brooklyn (such as Coney Island and Sheepshead Bay) and Queens (such as Belle Harbor and Breezy Point) giving all of those areas a robust and reliable all-fiber-optic telecommunications network for years to come.

Verizon reached an agreement with the City of New York to conduct a pilot program of  “microtrenching,” which enables fiber optic cables to be installed in a way that’s less disruptive to the city’s streets and sidewalks.

Installing underground wires – such as fiber – in New York can be time consuming and disruptive to the community. It involves large excavations, backhoes and dump trucks, air and noise pollution, and it has a significant impact on the carbon footprint. Not to mention the noise and disruption. Verizon’s new approach to trenching, which was approved by the city to go from pilot to standard practice, makes it easier and more efficient to lay fiber. It involves a much thinner wire and less equipment. And it takes a third of the time to install fiber, with less disruption to the environment.

Other innovations and techniques Verizon has developed and taken advantage of in its New York City fiber deployment include the so-called Magic Wire, which seamlessly and almost invisibly adheres to moldings in compact city apartments, and a desktop optical network terminal that takes up far less space, as opposed to a larger one that is affixed to the side of a house in more suburban settings.

Read more on Verizon’s website.

Verizon invested more than $1.6 billion in New York’s and Connecticut’s wireline telecommunications infrastructure in 2013

Business Council member Verizon recently announced that the company spent $1.6 billion on fiber-optic and Internet Protocol-based networks in New York and Connecticut in 2013.  The company said that much of the money was used to replace cables and other infrastructure that was destroyed during Superstorm Sandy.

Verizon also highlighted an agreement that it reached with New York City last year to conduct a pilot program of “microtrenching,” which enables its technicians to install fiber-optic cables in a manner that is much less disruptive to streets and sidewalks.

Kevin Service, Verizon’s president for consumer and mass business in the Northeast, said, “Our network investments in New York and Connecticut provide an engine for economic growth through our aggressive wireline and wireless networks and IT deployment.  No other company is as deeply tied on a daily basis to the residents and the economy of the region as Verizon. Our advanced networks enable new businesses to grow, small businesses to percolate, give schools and educators a platform for learning, and provide families a means to connect.”

Read more about Verizon’s major wireline infrastructure programs in 2013 on Verizon’s website.

 

Verizon invested over $ 1.5 Billion on New York’s and Connecticut’s wireline communications, IT Infrastructure in 2012

This just in from Verizon – “Verizon’s powerful networks continue to meet the growing broadband, communications and information needs of New York’s consumers and businesses, as the company invested more than $1.5 billion in its New York and Connecticut wireline networks and information technology infrastructure in 2012. 

Continuing a trend that began in 1995, Verizon has spent in excess of $1 billion each year to further build, refine and modernize its land-based communications infrastructure in the two states.Verizon Logo

“The economic health of these states, and the people who live and work there, is increasingly tied to robust and modern communications networks, and Verizon’s significant infrastructure investments provide a prescription for growth,” said Kevin Service, Northeast area president.  “Advanced networks spur innovation, commerce, business development, learning and communication at an accelerated pace.

“Our infrastructure investment breaks down traditional technological boundaries, providing powerful solutions that enable people and businesses to connect however, whenever and wherever they want.  This creates opportunities that are borderless and that bring great benefits to our customers, employees, suppliers and communities,” said Service.

More than half of U.S. consumers say Internet service is their home’s most important convenience, according to the Verizon FiOS Innovation Index – a series of consumer research surveys.  More than 50 percent of all survey respondents also indicated an interest in remote health monitoring and virtual medical visits, which are enabled by ultra-high-speed networks and innovative applications.

“Whether it’s touring the Louvre from your laptop, watching TV on your tablet, or monitoring blood pressure online, the power of our networks is helping consumers and businesses advance their own agenda and remove technological boundaries,” said Service.

Innovation That Creates Consumer Choice, Delivers Rich Customer Experiences

Verizon’s major wireline infrastructure programs in 2012 included:

  • Continued deployment of the company’s award-winning, 100-percent fiber-optic FiOS TV and FiOS Internet services.  At year’s end, FiOS services were available to more than 3.45 million New York and Connecticut homes and businesses.
  • The introduction of breakthrough speeds with FiOS Quantum Internet for consumers and small businesses, featuring download/upload speeds of 50/25, 75/35, 150/65 and 300/65 megabits per second (Mbps).  The two highest downstream speed offers – 150 and 300 Mbps – and the new 65 Mbps upstream speed are some of the nation’s fastest mass scale Internet speeds available.  (This FiOS Internet speed grid shows specific examples of the benefits of faster downstream and upstream speeds.)
  • Continued FiOS innovation:
    • FiOS TV anytime, anywhere, on a variety of devices, including Flex View and FiOS TV Online, to which Verizon added 12 new brands, representing more than 50 channels, including Showtime, FOX, VH1, NFL Network and NFL RedZone
    • TV beyond the set-top box, featuring 75 live, linear channels delivered via Xbox, iPad and an array of Samsung and LG smart TVs and Blu-ray players
    • Content enhancement by adding 28 new channels, such as BBC HD and Cartoon Network HD; more than 17,000 video-on-demand titles, including free VOD from NBA TV; and a significant expansion to Verizon’s free on-demand offerings from TBS, TNT, Cartoon Network and Showtime.  FiOS TV now offers more than 50,000 VOD titles each month.
  • Investing in superior customer experiences: More than 200,000 Verizon customers nationwide who had repeat repair calls on their landline phone service moved their service from Verizon’s copper network to the company’s all-fiber infrastructure, which is less susceptible than copper to moisture and water damage and offers a better service experience.
  • Continued deployment of fiber-optic links to wireless providers’ cell sites throughout New York and Connecticut as these carriers expand their infrastructure to meet ever-growing demand for wireless broadband and advanced 4G services.  In 2012, Verizon deployed fiber optics to connect 867 of these sites in the two states.  

(NOTE: Verizon Wireless infrastructure investment information can be found at http://news.verizonwireless.com/news/index.html?type=News+Releases.)