Our heritage

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

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 communications technology company delivering the promise of the digital world to millions of customers every day.

Explore our milestones
and see how it all began.

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

 

April |
2019
Network Innovations
5G Ultra Wideband Logo

In another 5G first, Verizon turns on its 5G Ultra Wideband network in select areas of Minneapolis and Chicago on April 3, providing the world’s first commercial 5G mobile service with a 5G-enabled smartphone.

April |
2019
Corporate
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Verizon announces that the company will go carbon neutral by 2035, further strengthening its commitment to sustainability months after the launch of its $1 billion Green Bond.

April |
2019
New Products & Services
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Verizon introduces Just Kids, the first plan from a major wireless provider designed to meet the needs of both parents and kids. Kids can get the smartphone they’ve been clamoring for while parental controls help give parents peace of mind.

April |
2019
Corporate
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Verizon kicks off a nationwide search for innovative products, services and applications that will bring the true power of 5G to life. Winning teams will share over $1 million in prizes.

April |
2019
Corporate
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Verizon and the City of San Diego announce a multi-million-dollar agreement that will accelerate the deployment of small cells to enhance wireless capacity and services. The agreement also lays the groundwork for future 5G technology.

April |
2019
Network Innovations
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Verizon unveils the names of 20 more U.S. cities that will get 5G Ultra Wideband service in 2019. From Atlanta to San Diego and Detroit to Dallas, customers in select areas of these cities will be able to experience incredible 5G speeds.

March |
2019
New Products & Services
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Verizon announces the 5G First Responder Lab, a first-of-its-kind innovation incubator to help companies develop, test and refine 5G solutions for public safety applications.

February |
2019
Corporate
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Verizon closes on the industry's first Green Bond. Net proceeds of the $1 billion offering will fund green investments in categories such as renewable energy, green buildings and sustainable water management.

Watch our evolution.

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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.