White House announces over $40B for broadband deployment

The White House on June 26, 2023 announced how the federal government will distribute over $40 billion in funding for broadband through the $42.5 billion Broadband Equity Access and Deployment (BEAD) program. According to numbers released by the Biden administration, the most funding will go to the state of Texas, at $3.3 billion, followed by California ($1.8 billion) and Missouri ($1.7 billion).

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White House kicks off ‘week of action’ on the Affordable Connectivity Program

The White House on Wednesday launched a “week of action” devoted to raising awareness and increasing enrollment in the Affordable Connectivity Program (ACP). That includes what the White House described as an “all of government” effort, in which various agencies are participating in outreach and enrollment, along with over 300 organizations, including nonprofits, local housing authorities and ISPs.

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Congressional funding must keep closing the digital divide

The pandemic made clear just how critical internet connectivity is for all Americans. That access ties into an array of industries and sectors — fueling innovation, education, and economic growth. Just as this foundation of modern life will remain, so too should our commitment to ensure that the internet is not out of reach for millions of Americans.

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LEADForward Community Partnership Chat: Northern Virginia Science Center

Northern Virginia Science Center is a leading organization for individuals of all ages looking to engage in hand-on science designed to spark the natural curiosity in all of us. They serve over 70,000 individuals annually both at their Children’s Science Center Lab, and during their STEM festivals taking place across the state. Going forward, Northern Virginia Science Center is opening a new location soon in the Dulles Technology Corridor that will serve thousands of individuals both in Northern Virginia and across the country at this brand new, state of the art location. To learn more, watch the video!

LEADForward Community Partnership Chat: Baltimore Digital Equity Coalition

Join Verizon’s Paul Plymouth as he chats with Chrissie Powell, Co-Founder of the Baltimore Digital Equity Coalition (BDEC). BDEC works tirelessly to close the digital divide. They serve historically underserved and underrepresented groups, and implement initiatives that will enhance digital equity not only in Baltimore, but throughout the country. To learn more about their mission, their commitment to ending the digital divide, and why Verizon is so proud to partner with them, watch the video below!

Verizon & Mission Tomorrow

Verizon was a proud sponsor for the Richmond Chamber of Commerce’s signature event, Mission Tomorrow. Over the span of two days, 12,000 of the region’s eighth graders explored a wide variety of potential career pathways in high-demand industries through a series of interactive activities and discussions with over 150 area businesses.

At Verizon’s exhibitor booth, students witnessed the strength of Verizon’s 5G connection while playing their favorite games on the Xbox game console. They learned about the 5G network and different types of modems used for connectivity. The students were also immersed in virtual reality through Oculus headsets and experienced the virtual museum Smithsonian exhibit.

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Verizon’s Matt Ogburn tries out the Oculus headset with attendees!
Verizon was proud to showcase the strength of its 5G connectivity through the Oculus headset!

LEADForward Community Partnership Chat: KID Museum

Join Verizon’s Mario Acosta-Velez in the latest installment of the LEADForward Community Partnership Chat series, for a discussion with Cara Lesser, Founder and Executive Director of KID Museum, based in Bethesda, Maryland. KID Museum is a leading experiential learning space for youth in the Washington DC Area–and the only makerspace offering hands on STEM activities. Cara and the Museum’s efforts are fostering the next generation of STEM Leaders.

LEADForward Community Partnership Chat: Network2Work

Join Verizon’s Tom Walls for a conversation with Ridge Schuyler, Dean of Piedmont Virginia Community College’s Community Self-Sufficiency Programs. Tom and Ridge sat down to discuss Network2Work, a comprehensive job-matching network equipping job seekers with the skills and resources they need to become quality employees. Watch more to learn how 85% of the job seekers in Network2Work’s program have found jobs after completing the program!

LEADForward Community Partnership Chat: Hopeworks

Join Verizon’s Jennifer Young as she chats with Dan Rhoton, Executive Director of Hopeworks Camden. Hopeworks is a leading community-based organization with a proven track record of fostering long term professional success for the residents and diverse communities it serves. Jennifer and Dan spoke about how the organization leverages skill development and real world job experience to foster a brighter future for program participants. Watch the video to learn more!

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