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 |
2016
Mergers & Acquisitions
Fleetmatics Acquisition
October |
2016
New Products & Services
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Verizon is first to test drones to provide airborne wireless connectivity during an emergency response exercise, proving that 4G LTE coverage can be provided from an aircraft to first-responders.

September |
2016
Mergers & Acquisitions
Sensity Acquisition

Verizon announces an agreement to purchase Sensity Systems Inc. to help drive the digital transformation of cities. It's another step in the development of ThingSpace, Verizon's Internet of Things platform.

August |
2016
Network Innovations

Verizon launches LTE Advanced technology to bring 50% faster peak wireless data speeds to more than 288 million people in 461 cities across the U.S.

July |
2016
Mergers & Acquisitions
Acquisition Yahoo

Verizon announces that it will acquire Yahoo's core internet business for approximately $4.83 billion in cash.

July |
2016
Network Innovations
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Verizon announces plans to invest $300 million over six years to deploy fiber optics throughout Boston. It will become the first city to host Verizon's One Fiber architecture.

June |
2016
New Products & Services
Expressfleet launch

Verizon Networkfleet, a leading provider of comprehensive fleet management services, launches Expressfleet, a powerful new tool for small business owners.

June |
2016
Mergers & Acquisitions
Telogis logo

To enhance its connected vehicle business, Verizon announces that it is acquiring Telogis, a leader in fleet and mobile resource management solutions that supports some of the world’s largest mobile workforces.

April |
2016
Mergers & Acquisitions
Complex Media acquisition

Complex develops premium video content for distribution across Verizon digital platforms, including go90, AOL.com and more.

March |
2016
New Products & Services
Verizon Hearst

Verizon and Hearst form a joint venture – Verizon Hearst Media Partners – to develop digital video programming targeting the mobile millennial audience.

March |
2016
Mergers & Acquisitions
Volicon acquisition

Verizon Digital Media Services acquires Volicon, a leading provider of video capture, archival, compliance monitoring and clip creation workflow for broadcasters.

February |
2016
Mergers & Acquisitions
XO Communications

Verizon’s ownership of XO Communications' fiber-based IP (internet protocol) and ethernet networks helps better serve enterprise and wholesale customers.

January |
2016
New Products & Services
FreeBee Data

FreeBee Data – a sponsored data service by Verizon – helps businesses acquire, engage and retain customers with mobile content over our 4G network.

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