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 |
2015
Corporate Responsibility
Powerful Answers Award winners

Verizon names the winners of its Powerful Answers Award contest – start-up companies with world-changing potential in the fields of emergency response, transportation and healthcare.

October |
2015
Media & Entertainment
go90 launch

go90 is a social entertainment platform tailored to the mobile audience. Viewers can stream original shows, live sports and more, with over 8,000 titles available at launch.

October |
2015
Enterprise Solutions
ThingSpace launch

ThingSpace is Verizon's Internet of Things (IoT) development platform. ThingSpace helps developers take ideas from prototype to market faster.

 

September |
2015
Network
Verizon roadmap 5G

Ahead of industry expectations, Verizon commits to begin 5G technology field trials. With an aggressive 5G roadmap, Verizon is once again poised to introduce a new era of wireless network technology.

September |
2015
Corporate

Verizon unveils a new logo and launches a lighthearted brand campaign to highlight that the network you choose makes a difference.

June |
2015
Financial
AOL acquisition

Verizon buys AOL, a leader in digital content and advertising. The $4.4 billion deal furthers Verizon’s LTE wireless video and over-the-top (OTT) video strategy.

April |
2015
Media & Entertainment
FiOS customTV launch

In an industry first, Fios Custom TV gives customers the freedom and flexibility to choose their own TV packages and content.

April |
2015
Network
Software Defined Network

Verizon transforms its network with the implementation of a software defined network (SDN) architecture. This new approach lays the groundwork for innovative services and applications to be delivered rapidly to Verizon’s customers.

February |
2015
Financial
Frontier strategic

Verizon agrees to sell its local wireline operations in California, Florida and Texas to Frontier Communications Corporation. Verizon also agrees to lease the rights to over 11,300 company-owned wireless towers to American Tower Corporation.

January |
2015
Devices, Plans & Accessories

Verizon launches Verizon Vehicle, an innovative connected-vehicle service that modernizes traditional roadside assistance offerings, while enhancing driver safety, convenience and savings.