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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November |
Enterprise Solutions
Verizon CloudMarketplace

Verizon Cloud Marketplace provides enterprise clients with a one-stop shop for software-based cloud resources.

February |
Vodafone Acquisition

Verizon acquires Vodafone Group Plc’s 45 percent indirect interest in Verizon Wireless giving Verizon full ownership of the industry’s best wireless network.

January |
Intel Media Purchase

Verizon acquires EdgeCast, an industry leader in content delivery networks, and upLynk, a leading technology and television cloud company, to further improve Verizon's ability to meet the exponential growth in online digital media content.

Intel Media Purchase

The purchase of Intel’s cloud TV products and services accelerates Verizon’s delivery of next-generation video services.