History and Timeline

The world is only going forward, and we’re happy to lead the way.

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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.

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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.

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Explore our milestones and see how it all began

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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June |
Devices, Plans & Accessories
ShareEverything Plans

Verizon’s new Share Everything Plans forever change the way customers purchase wireless services by providing a single data allowance that can be shared.

March |
Broadband Homes

Verizon introduces HomeFusion Broadband which provides high-speed in-home Internet access using the company’s 4G LTE network.

Hughes Telematics

Verizon acquires Hughes Telematics, setting the company on a course to accelerate growth through the delivery of advanced automotive and fleet telematics and machine-to-machine services.