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.

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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).

 

December |
1899
History & Heritage
AT&T becomes the face of the Bell System

In a corporate restructuring, AT&T becomes the parent company of the Bell System. In the years to come, AT&T will take on the nickname “Ma Bell” as the brand becomes synonymous with its local Bell operating companies.

March |
1885
History & Heritage

American Telephone and Telegraph Company, otherwise known as AT&T, is officially incorporated as the long lines division of American Bell. Starting in New York, its goal is to build the first long distance telephone network.

July |
1877
History & Heritage

The Bell Telephone Company is formed in Boston by Alexander Graham Bell and his father-in-law. At the time of its founding, there are seven original shareholders and one full-time employee.

March |
1876
History & Heritage

“Mr. Watson, come here. I want to see you.” These are the first words Alexander Graham Bell transmits to his assistant, Thomas Watson, using his invention, the electric telephone.

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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.