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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FiOS quantum

Responding to consumer demand for ultra-high-speed home broadband service, Verizon more than doubles the speeds of several of its Fios Internet tiers and eventually offers a top-tier speed of 500 Mbps.

Verizon reopens Innovation Center West

The newly-expanded Verizon Innovation Center West reopens in the San Francisco area. Verizon's two Innovation Centers help innovators leverage platform technology to move their wireless innovations into the real world.

Enterprise Solutions
Enterprise Cloud

Verizon announces Verizon Cloud – its new cloud Infrastructure as a Service platform and cloud-based object storage service. With this service, Verizon is fundamentally changing how public clouds are built.

fiber trial

Verizon doubles the capacity of a fiber by using 200G technology on Verizon’s ultra-long-haul production network between New York and Boston.

Corporate Responsibility
Verizon launched $10M Powerful Answers Award

Verizon launches the Powerful Answers Award to generate  solutions for some of the world's biggest challenges in core areas of education, healthcare and sustainability.

Verizon NEC

Verizon & NEC set another industry record by successfully sending the highest-capacity transmissions over current field fiber.

Emergency Management

Following the destruction and flooding from Hurricane Sandy, Verizon undertakes an ambitious rewiring of Lower Manhattan with 100 percent fiber-optics.