Created out of the merger between the legacy Bell Atlantic and the former GTE, Verizon Communications is the second-largest regional bell operating company (RBOC) with Network serving residential and small business customers evolving to fiber-to-the-premises technology with FiOS high-speed fiber services and more than 140 million customer connections (wireless, wireline, broadband and TV).

(Source: SEC Filing) Verizon Communications Inc. provides communication services. The company operates through two segments, Domestic Wireless and Wireline. The Domestic Wireless segment offers wireless voice and data services; and sells equipment in the United States. The Wireline segment provides voice, Internet access, broadband video and data, Internet protocol network, network access, long distance, and other services in the United States and internationally. The company serves consumer, business, and government customers, as well as carriers. As of December 31, 2010, its network covered a population of approximately 292 million and provided service to a customer base of approximately 94.1 million. The company was formerly known as Bell Atlantic Corporation and changed its name to Verizon Communications Inc. in June 2000. Verizon Communications Inc. was founded in 1983 and is based in New York, New York.

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Cablevision fires back; it can't call Verizon a liar, but it can say lots of other mean things about FiOS

Cablevision continued its communications war with Verizon, releasing a statement clarifying that a court ruling only restricts the MSO from calling Verizon a liar in advertisements. The MSO said it can move forward with boasting all sorts of other superiority claims regarding its Optimum service.

Spending spree: ranking wireless carriers on monthly ad spend

In July, the nation's wireless carriers spent an estimated $183.4 million on TV advertising, down $450,000 from June. Who spent the biggest chunk of that money?

AT&T, Verizon strike worries do not concern Wall Street

Both AT&T and Verizon currently have thousands of workers working without contracts while company management  and the labor unions attempt to negotiate a resolution to contract disputes. Interestingly, both companies' stock prices are fairly stable and investors seem unconcerned about the threat of a strike.

Breaking down U.S. wireless carrier TV ad spending in July

U.S. wireless carriers spent an estimated $183.4 million on TV advertising in July, down $450,000 from June. Partnering with TV advertising measurement firm iSpot.TV,  FierceWireless  has a full breakdown of U.S. wireless TV ad spending.

Find out what it takes to build a smart city at CTIA Super Mobility 2015

To hear from top experts in the U.S about what it takes to create a smart city, join me at CTIA's Super Mobility 2015 in Las Vegas for the " Inside the Building of a Smart City " breakfast panel that will be held from 7 to 8:45 a.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 9, in the Palazzo Ballroom of the Sands Expo & Convention Center.

The rise of the second-tier tower players

Vertical Bridge last week announced the acquisition of 43 towers from Townsquare Media in a deal valued at $22.8 million. This follows several earlier acquisitions by the company. These deals alone are not earth-shaking, but they do point to the consolidation in the tower industry and growth in the second-tier tower companies.

Cablevision loses court ruling to Verizon, judge orders MSO to pull Optimum/FiOS ads

Verizon is claiming victory in a legal dispute over Cablevision ads that claim the cable company's Optimum service is superior to the telco's FiOS product.

Comcast, Verizon sued for failure to pay 911 fees

An Alabama company has sued Comcast, Verizon and several other operators of phone services for allegedly failing to pay $214 million in fees to support the 911 emergency call system.

Verizon bundles VOIP and wireless for enterprise customers

Verizon Enterprise Solutions has combined its enterprise VOIP with the company's wireless service to offer Wireless Connected VOIP which is targeted at enterprises. Customers will benefit from cheaper long distance charges as the combo-plan eliminates long distance fees on calls that originate from a Verizon Enterprise VOIP customer.

Verizon tests NG-PON2 technology to deliver 10-Gig broadband

Verizon Communications tested next-generation passive optical (NG-PON2)  fiber-to-the-premises technology from a central office in Framingham, Mass., to a FiOS customer's home three miles away and to a local business. The trial, which used gear from Cisco and PT Inovação, was able to deliver broadband speeds of 10-Gbps and higher.