History and Timeline

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Intro - History & Timeline

How we got to where we are today

Verizon Communications was created on June 30, 2000 by Bell Atlantic Corp. and GTE Corp., in one of the largest mergers in U.S. business history. GTE and Bell Atlantic evolved and grew through decades of mergers, acquisitions and divestitures. Today, Verizon is a global technology company delivering the promise of the digital world to millions of customers every day.

Explore our milestones below and see how it all began or view our corporate history (pdf).


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Telecom History
Bell telephone Is born

The Bell Telephone Company, the first predecessor company to American Telephone & Telegraph Co., is formed and issues stock to the seven original shareowners.

Telecom History

“Mr. Watson, come here. I want you.” These were the first words Alexander Graham Bell transmitted to his assistant, Thomas Watson, by electric telegraph wires for voice using his new invention, the telephone.