Pride Digital Business Solutions: Thriving in the Digital Economy

Verizon was proud to host a collaborative event for LBGTQ+ business owners to close out Pride Month 2022. From cyber security threats to building efficiency in an age of digital innovation, this panel of experts discussed how to help businesses not only recover—but thrive in the ever-changing economic environment.

The Program featured four segments on: Business Internet, Cybersecurity and Verizon’s Small Business Digital Ready program

Click on one of the videos below to learn more about each subject.

Emma Hilden (She/Her), Associate Director, Voice Network & Customer, Solutions, Voice & Video Engineering, Verizon & Global Lead, Verizon PRISM, spoke on the June 30th panel about Voice Over IP (VOIP) and why it may be a solution for your small business.
Falon Schaarschmidt (She/Her), Associate Director Solution Architect, Verizon Business Group, spoke on the June 30th panel about how to choose the right business internet plans to meet your connectivity needs.
Tristen R O’Brien (He/Him), Associate Director, Cybersecurity Solutions, Verizon Business Group, spoke on the June 30th panel about the best practices for keeping your business secure from cyber threats.
Donald Jones (He/Him), Partner, Next Street, spoke on a June 30th panel about Verizon’s Small Business Digital Ready Program and how it can help entrepreneurs develop the next level of digital skills to support their business.

Verizon Boosts Investments in Texas and Florida

Since the beginning of the pandemic, nearly 500K Verizon Wireless customers have permanently relocated to Texas and Florida. In that time, busy-hour traffic times and data traffic have spiked in major cities including Dallas, Houston, Miami, and Tampa. With the transition to greater remote and hybrid work, the network demand continues to rise and with it, the need for reliable and accessible coverage. This is why Verizon’s continued investments in Texas and Florida are so important. 

Verizon recently announced a combined investment of nearly $250 million across both states in order to address the exponential population increases and growing demand for network coverage. Investments over the next two years involves building nearly 10K new network solutions, including new macro towers and small cell sites, expanding 5G Ultra Wideband service, and supporting Texans, Floridians, and local first responders in the upcoming hurricane season. Staying connected is a crucial part of today’s world, and I’m proud to see Verizon investing in local communities to ensure that people are able to get the coverage and support they need. 

To learn more about Verizon’s investments in Texas: https://www.verizon.com/about/news/verizon-investment-texas-pandemic-influx-people
To learn more about Verizon’s investments in Florida: https://www.verizon.com/about/news/verizon-boosts-investment-florida

Houston Forward Times: 5G and the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law Could Help End the Digital Divide 

By Hazel Trice Edney, 4/8/22

The last two years have underlined what we already knew: the digital divide in America is real and has consequences for millions of Americans. An affordable, reliable connection is imperative in participating in the 21st century economy, and those families relying on mobile-only access are falling behind. Often, they cannot attend class online or seek a career opportunity that offers the possibility of working remotely. And as more services, job applications, and infrastructure moves online, the gap is only widening. 

Read the full article on Houston Forward Times here.

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