History and Timeline

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How we got to where we are today
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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.

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At Verizon, we’ve been building and advancing digital infrastructure and solutions for decades. Building a more connected community for all is what we do best.

Intro - History & Timeline Tool

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Explore our milestones and see how it all began
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Use the category and year filters to see how Verizon evolved into a technology leader or view our corporate history (pdf).

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2010
Devices, Plans & Accessories
LTE in Rural America

Verizon introduces its LTE in Rural America Program to accelerate the rollout and adoption of 4G LTE services.

2010
Media & Entertainment
FlexViewMobile

With the introduction of FlexView, Fios TV customers could take video programming outside the home and view it on various portable devices including smartphones, tablets and laptops.

2010
Network
4GLTE

Verizon Wireless launches the nation’s first wide-area 4G LTE network, starting in 39 major markets and covering more than 110 million people on the first day.

2009
Financial
Acquires Alltel

Verizon Wireless completed its purchase of Alltel, expanding the company's network coverage and making Verizon Wireless the largest wireless company in the United States once again.

2009
Devices, Plans & Accessories
Partnership with Google

Verizon and Google announce a strategic partnership to develop mobile apps, services and devices under the DROID brand.

2008
Network
Verizon invests in nationwide wireless spectrum

Verizon is the winning bidder for a nationwide spectrum footprint (excluding Alaska), which allows Verizon to move forward with its LTE network.

2008
Financial
Acquires RuralCellular

Verizon Wireless expands to cover many rural markets by completing its purchase of Rural Cellular Corp.

2007
Enterprise Solutions
Acquires CyberTrust

With the acquisition of Cybertrust, Verizon Enterprise Solutions becomes the leading provider of managed security services to business and government customers worldwide.

2006
Financial
MCI Acquisition

Verizon acquires MCI to better deliver the benefits of converged communications, information and entertainment to medium and large businesses and government customers.

2005
Media & Entertainment
Fios All
Verizon launched Fios all-fiber and TV service

The new broadband service, delivers video over a 100% fiber-optic network, offering a better alternative to existing cable and satellite TV services.

2004
Financial
Verizon Joins Dow
Verizon joins the Dow

As a result of its size and industry influence, Verizon becomes a component of the Dow Jones Industrial Average, one of the most closely watched U.S. benchmark indices.

2004
Network
Fios Launch
Verizon launches Fios Internet service

The new 100% fiber technology offers high-speed broadband services that are better, faster and more reliable than most existing services.

2003
Corporate
Removes Barriers
Verizon helps customers keep their numbers

Verizon takes a leadership role in promoting Local Number Portability – a new process that allows wireless customers to keep their phone number when changing carriers.

2002
Network
Verizon aunches the first 3G network
Verizon launches the first 3G network

Verizon launches the first 3G (third generation) network in the U.S. This advancement gives customers the power of high-speed wireless broadband to access the web and stream data from their mobile devices.

2000
Corporate
Verizon Communications is created

Bell Atlantic merges with GTE and changes its name to Verizon Communications Inc.  Vodafone AirTouch and Bell Atlantic Corp. combine their U.S. wireless assets in a joint venture to create Verizon Wireless.