Company Overview Visit verizon.com website
Verizon Communications Inc., or simply Verizon, is headquartered in New York City and was started by Ivan Seidenberg, who also served as CEO until 2011. The company is well-known for being one of the largest telecommunications providers in America and has been around for over 100 years now. In fact, it's so large that many Americans might not even know about its past with Long Lines.
When Verizon began, it was actually separate from Bell Atlantic and Vodafone AirTouch. However, the communications company soon started merging with many competitors such as Sprint and MCI Inc., which brought upon a decade of extensive acquisitions and growth for Verizon. In 2000, this phenomenal growth ended and Verizon started to focus on developing its own services by building fiber optic networks across the nation.
Verizon's services include both fixed line telephone and mobile subscriptions along with infrastructures such as their fiber optic network that covers over 500,000 miles of underground routes throughout America. Their website claims that they offer U-verse TV to more than 15 million customers in addition to FiOS Internet access for another 10 million people.