History and Timeline

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Intro - History & 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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December |
2011
Financial

Verizon buys 122 wireless spectrum licenses from SpectrumCo, a joint venture between several cable providers. The added spectrum covers 259 million people and will allow Verizon to meet growing demand for 4G LTE services.

August |
2011
Corporate
Lowell McAdam CEO

Ushering in a new era for Verizon Communications, the board of directors names Lowell McAdam president and chief executive officer. McAdam previously served as president and CEO of Verizon Wireless.

July |
2011
Corporate
Innovation Centers in Massachusetts and California

Verizon opens Innovation Centers in Waltham, MA, and San Francisco, CA. These state-of-the-art labs foster new products and services that harness the power and possibilities of 4G LTE.

April |
2011
Media & Entertainment
DigitalMediaManagement

Verizon announces the creation of Verizon Digital Media Services, a first-of-its-kind integrated platform that helps content creators format their media and deliver it on a large scale to virtually any device.

April |
2011
Financial
Acquired Terremark

Terremark enhances Verizon's position in the evolving managed IT and cloud services market, accelerating the company's strategy to provide “everything-as-a-service” to business customers globally.

March |
2011
Network
100G Deployment

Verizon is first to deploy 100G technology on portions of its network, bringing customers increased performance for everything from cloud-based applications to video streaming.