History and Timeline

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

Intro - History & Timeline

Headline 
How we got to where we are today
Description 

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.

Headline Color 
Black

Watch the evolution of Verizon video

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

Headline 
Explore our milestones and see how it all began
Description 

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

Headline Color 
Brand Red
October |
2013
Corporate
Verizon reopens Innovation Center West

Verizon's newly expanded San Francisco Innovation Center reopens, ready to provide developers with even more of the resources they need to move their wireless innovations into the real world.

October |
2013
Enterprise Solutions
Enterprise Cloud

Catering to the needs of its enterprise clients, Verizon fundamentally changes how public clouds are built. Verizon Cloud includes two essential services in one flexible platform. 

August |
2013
Network
fiber trial

Proving that it's ready to meet the future needs of its customers, Verizon successfully doubles the capacity of fiber-optic cable by using next-generation 200G technology.

April |
2013
Corporate Responsibility
Verizon launched $10M Powerful Answers Award

Verizon introduces its Powerful Answers Award – $10 million in prize money to support innovative startups in the fields of education, healthcare and sustainability.

April |
2013
Network
Verizon NEC

For the third year in a row, Verizon and NEC set an industry record – this time for the highest-capacity transmission over fiber optics.

February |
2013
Emergency Management

Verizon crews work around the clock to repair damage caused by Hurricane Sandy. Within three months, they replace 150 tons of copper wire with 6,500 miles of fiber-optic cable, making Lower Manhattan's network faster and stronger.