History and 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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December |
2015
Corporate
Powerful Answers Award winners

Verizon names the winners of its Powerful Answers Award contest – start-up companies with world-changing potential in the fields of emergency response, transportation and healthcare.

October |
2015
New Products & Services
go90 launch

go90 is a social entertainment platform tailored to the mobile audience. Viewers can stream original shows, live sports and more, with over 8,000 titles available at launch.

October |
2015
New Products & Services
ThingSpace launch

ThingSpace is Verizon's Internet of Things (IoT) development platform. ThingSpace helps developers take ideas from prototype to market faster.

 

September |
2015
Network Innovations
Verizon roadmap 5G

Ahead of industry expectations, Verizon commits to begin 5G technology field trials. With an aggressive 5G roadmap, Verizon is once again poised to introduce a new era of wireless network technology.

September |
2015
Corporate

Verizon unveils a new logo and launches a lighthearted brand campaign to highlight that the network you choose makes a difference.

September |
2015
New Products & Services
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Verizon is the first U.S. wireless company to offer roaming in Cuba. Verizon Wireless customers who travel to Cuba can connect easily with Verizon's Pay As You Go international travel option.

June |
2015
Mergers & Acquisitions
AOL acquisition

Verizon buys AOL, a leader in digital content and advertising. The $4.4 billion deal furthers Verizon’s LTE wireless video and over-the-top (OTT) video strategy.

April |
2015
New Products & Services
FiOS customTV launch

In an industry first, Fios Custom TV gives customers the freedom and flexibility to choose their own TV packages and content.

April |
2015
Network Innovations
Software Defined Network

Verizon transforms its network with the implementation of a software defined network (SDN) architecture. This new approach lays the groundwork for innovative services and applications to be delivered rapidly to Verizon’s customers.

February |
2015
Corporate
Frontier strategic

Verizon agrees to sell its local wireline operations in California, Florida and Texas to Frontier Communications Corporation. Verizon also agrees to lease the rights to over 11,300 company-owned wireless towers to American Tower Corporation.

January |
2015
New Products & Services

Verizon launches Verizon Vehicle, an innovative connected-vehicle service that modernizes traditional roadside assistance offerings, while enhancing driver safety, convenience and savings.

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