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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10 reasons Google should own Verizon by 2017

A Google-Verizon marriage would be the largest corporate merger ever, dwarfing the $164 billion AOL-Time Warner merger in 2000. I have no idea if Google and Verizon are discussing a merger. But here are 10 points to consider, including reasons why the deal makes sense and signs that it could actually happen.

Rising stars in wireline: Future leaders to watch in 2014

The time to innovate couldn't be any more pressing for the wireline telecom industry as traditional operators look to shut down 100-year-old TDM networks and transition to all-IP infrastructure. FierceTelecom profiles eight up-and-coming executives meeting the demands of a changing landscape.

ISP bandwidth issues continue to affect Netflix streaming service

Netflix revealed that while subscribers that use Verizon FiOS and other broadband services will see sluggish service, they can still access content, albeit at a lower quality or with some "startup delays" during peak hours, reports  FierceOnlineVideo  citing a  Wall Street Journa l story. According to the report, some FiOS subscribers reported that Netflix streams have become "unwatchable."  Read more

Cox hikes fees on programming and equipment in Hampton Roads, Va.

Cox Communications hasn't raised subscription fees on its Hampton Roads, Va., system, where it competes with Verizon's FiOS TV, in two years. But following rate hikes last year on FiOS programming packages and equipment, Cox said it'll hit subscribers in Hampton Roads with several price increases on March 1.

Report: Netflix acknowledges service issues on some ISPs

Netflix traffic on some broadband providers has been sluggish, but in general subscribers can still watch Netflix programming at a lower quality or with some "startup delays" at peak viewing hours, a company spokesman told Th e  Wall Street Journa l this week.

Verizon, Microsoft, Intel, AT&T execs make list of Rising Stars in Wireless

In today's spotlight, FierceWireless profiles several up-and-coming executives in the industry. Its 2014 "Rising Stars in Wireless" report includes executives from Verizon, AT&T, Microsoft, Sprint, U.S. Cellular, Microsoft, Intel and Qualcomm.

Verizon expands low latency financial network to 50 new markets

Verizon Enterprise Solutions has expanded its Verizon Financial Network (VFN) serving trading companies to more than 50 markets throughout Europe and North America.

Will merging Comcast and Time Warner Cable open Pandora's Box?

I was starting to write a column last night about some predictions that former Tele-Communications Inc. chief Leo Hindery had in 1999 about the impact of cable consolidation when news broke about the Comcast-Time Warner Cable deal. Those statements from Hindery, the architect of a series of cable system acquisitions and swaps in 1997 that we called the "Summer of Love," are as relevant today as ever.

Verizon tech under investigation for allegedly cutting Cablevision fiber line

Cable operators and telcos have never had the greatest relationship, but now comes a report that a Verizon technician allegedly cut one of Cablevision's underground fiber lines serving Long Island.  

Comcast's TWC deal will deepen its medium business Ethernet niche

Comcast may have been one of the last major cable MSOs to enter the business services space, but its bid to  acquire fellow cable operator Time Warner Cable  will make it an even more dominant force in the traditionally underserved mid-sized market.