History and Timeline

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

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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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

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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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November |
2016
Financial
Fleetmatics Acquisition
September |
2016
Financial
Sensity Acquisition

Verizon announces an agreement to purchase Sensity Systems Inc. to help drive the digital transformation of cities. It's another step in the development of ThingSpace, Verizon's Internet of Things platform.

August |
2016
Network

Verizon launches LTE Advanced technology to bring 50% faster peak wireless data speeds to more than 288 million people in 461 cities across the U.S.

July |
2016
Financial
Acquisition Yahoo

Verizon announces that it will acquire Yahoo's core internet business for approximately $4.83 billion in cash.

June |
2016
Network
Expressfleet launch

Verizon Networkfleet, a leading provider of comprehensive fleet management services, launches Expressfleet, a powerful new tool for small business owners.

April |
2016
Financial
Complex Media acquisition

Complex develops premium video content for distribution across Verizon digital platforms, including go90, AOL.com and more.

March |
2016
Media & Entertainment
Verizon Hearst

Verizon and Hearst form a joint venture – Verizon Hearst Media Partners – to develop digital video programming targeting the mobile millennial audience.

March |
2016
Financial
Volicon acquisition

Verizon Digital Media Services acquires Volicon, a leading provider of video capture, archival, compliance monitoring and clip creation workflow for broadcasters.

February |
2016
Financial
XO Communications

Verizon’s ownership of XO Communications' fiber-based IP (internet protocol) and ethernet networks helps better serve enterprise and wholesale customers.

January |
2016
Devices, Plans & Accessories
FreeBee Data

FreeBee Data – a sponsored data service by Verizon – helps businesses acquire, engage and retain customers with mobile content over our 4G network.