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).

 

October |
2013
Corporate
Verizon reopens Innovation Center West

Verizon's newly expanded San Francisco Innovation Center reopens, ready to provide developers with even more of the resources they need to move their wireless innovations into the real world.

October |
2013
New Products & Services
Enterprise Cloud

Catering to the needs of its enterprise clients, Verizon fundamentally changes how public clouds are built. Verizon Cloud includes two essential services in one flexible platform. 

August |
2013
Network Innovations
fiber trial

Proving that it's ready to meet the future needs of its customers, Verizon successfully doubles the capacity of fiber-optic cable by using next-generation 200G technology.

June |
2013
History of Giving
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VtoV is a charity that allows Verizon employees to donate to a fund that provides grants to their fellow employees in disaster situations.

April |
2013
Corporate
Verizon launched $10M Powerful Answers Award

Verizon introduces its Powerful Answers Award – $10 million in prize money to support innovative startups in the fields of education, healthcare and sustainability.

April |
2013
Network Innovations
Verizon NEC

For the third year in a row, Verizon and NEC set an industry record – this time for the highest-capacity transmission over fiber optics.

February |
2013
Network Innovations

Verizon crews work around the clock to repair damage caused by Hurricane Sandy. Within three months, they replace 150 tons of copper wire with 6,500 miles of fiber-optic cable, making Lower Manhattan's network faster and stronger.

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.