Learn about Bell Atlantic Corporation and its corporate history through archived news articles and press releases. Founded in 1984 with the breakup of Ma Bell, Bell Atlantic was a market leader in wireless services and provided local telephone service to customers in 13 states along the East Coast. It merged with NYNEX, a fellow RBOC, in 1997. After an FCC-approved merger in the year 2000, Bell Atlantic and GTE would become Verizon Communications. Find out about Bell Atlantic Mobile, review Bell Atlantic’s earnings reports and more.