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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Get the inside story of Verizon’s history

Read a first-person account of Verizon’s history, from its founding to today. Verizon Untethered is the story of Verizon as told by Ivan Seidenberg, our former chairman and CEO. In the book, Ivan also shares valuable lessons and insights from his decades-long career as a visionary business leader.

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Former chairman and CEO Ivan Seidenberg with SVP-Talent & Diversity Magda Yrizarry.

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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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October |
2012
History of Giving
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Verizon creates a groundbreaking program to bring free technology and hands-on STEM education to under-resourced schools. Verizon will go on to commit over $400 million to the program through 2023.

October |
2012
Network Innovations
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Less than 24 months after launch, Verizon's 4G LTE service expands to its 400th market. Marquette, MI is chosen to symbolize how the nation's largest 4G LTE network now reaches every corner of the U.S.

July |
2012
Mergers & Acquisitions
Hughes Telematics

To expand its service offerings in automotive, transportation and healthcare, Verizon acquires this industry leader in fleet management and machine-to-machine services.

June |
2012
New Products & Services
FiOS quantum

Verizon boosts the speeds of several Fios Internet tiers by more than double. These super-fast “Quantum” speeds are designed to meet growing customer demand for more bandwidth to support internet-connected devices.

June |
2012
New Products & Services
ShareEverything Plans

Verizon's groundbreaking Share Everything Plans forever change the way customers purchase wireless services by providing a single data plan that can be shared among devices.

March |
2012
New Products & Services
Broadband Homes

Verizon introduces HomeFusion Broadband, an innovative service that brings high-speed internet access to homes via the nation's largest 4G LTE network.

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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.