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.

Intro - History & Timeline Tool

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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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November |
2014
New Products & Services
Verizon CloudMarketplace

Verizon introduces Cloud Marketplace, a one-stop shop for software-based cloud resources.

July |
2014
New Products & Services
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MORE Everything gives customers even more of what they want in a single, simple monthly plan: more storage, more messaging and more choice.

March |
2014
Corporate
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Verizon becomes title sponsor of the INDYCAR series. The multi-year partnership includes naming rights to North America's premier open-wheel racing championship.

February |
2014
Mergers & Acquisitions
Vodafone Acquisition

Verizon Communications acquires Vodafone Group's 45% indirect interest in Verizon Wireless. The $130 billion deal gives Verizon full ownership of the nation's largest wireless company.

January |
2014
Mergers & Acquisitions
Intel Media Purchase

Verizon seeks to accelerate its delivery of next-generation video services by buying Intel Media's cloud TV assets, including its OnCue internet TV service.

January |
2014
Mergers & Acquisitions
Intel Media Purchase

Verizon Digital Services acquires two renowned technology companies, allowing it to offer customers an unmatched suite of video encoding and delivery services.

Watch the evolution of Verizon video

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.