One, SBC Communications, bought out its former parent AT&T Corporation and assumed the AT&T name.
In 1994, Bell Atlantic became the first RBOC to entirely drop the original names of its original operating companies. Smith orchestrated Bell Atlantic's merger with NYNEX.
When it merged, it moved its corporate headquarters from Philadelphia to New York City. Verizon Communications formed in June 2000 when the Federal Communications Commission approved a US$64.7 billion merger of telephone companies Bell Atlantic and GTE, nearly two years after the deal was proposed in July 1998.
Two months before the FCC gave final approval on the formation of Verizon Communications, Bell Atlantic formed Verizon Wireless in a joint venture with the British telecommunications company Vodafone in April 2000.
During its first operational year, Verizon Wireless released Mobile Web, an Internet service that allowed customers to access partner sites such as E*Trade, ABC News, ESPN, Amazon.com, Ticketmaster and MSN, On December 22, 2004, mail servers at were configured not to accept connections from Europe, by default, in an attempt to reduce spam email that was originating from the region.
What eventually became Verizon was founded as Bell Atlantic, which was one of the seven Baby Bells that were formed after AT&T Corporation was forced to relinquish its control of the Bell System by order of the Justice Department of the United States.