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Verizon Broadband Internet Access Plans

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Starter Plan
One Year Agreement. Good for downloading photos and work files from home.
$14.99 764 kbps 128 kbps Unlimited
Verizon
Power Plan
One Year Agreement. Great for downloading movies or music.
$19.99 3000 kbps 768 kbps Unlimited
Verizon
Month to Month Plan
No Commitment Required. Browse the Internet with a high-speed connection, Email and chat with your friends and family. Shop and pay your bills. Play online games and more.
$37.99 3000 kbps 768 kbps Unlimited
Verizon
Wireless BroadbandAccess Card
Get started with a BroadbandAccess Device. Purchase a BroadbandAccess device and activate a $59.99 BroadbandAccess Plan to connect to our high-speed wireless broadband network. Verizon Wireless offers the three most commonly used interface types for the BroadbandAccess service: • Standard Type II card slot Typically found on most Windows notebooks • ExpressCard/34 card slot Found on some newer Windows and Mac notebooks • Universal Serial Bus (USB) Found on most computers today
$59.99 1400 kbps 800 kbps 5 GB

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Verizon Communications, Inc. (NYSE: VZ) is an American broadband and telecommunications company and a component of the Dow 30. It was formed in 2000 when Bell Atlantic, one of the Regional Bell Operating Companies, bought GTE, formerly the largest independent local exchange telephone company in the United States. Prior to its transformation into Verizon, Bell Atlantic had merged with another Regional Bell Operating Company, NYNEX, in 1997. The name is a portmanteau of veritas and horizon.

Creation
The acquisition of GTE by Bell Atlantic, on June 30, 2000, which formed Verizon, was among the largest mergers in United States business history. It was the result of a definitive merger agreement, dated July 27, 1998, between Bell Atlantic, based in New York City since the merger with NYNEX in 1996, and GTE, which was in the process of moving its headquarters from Stamford, Connecticut, to Irving, Texas.

The Bell Atlantic-GTE merger, priced at more than $52 billion at the time of the announcement, closed nearly two years later, following analysis and approvals by Bell Atlantic and GTE shareowners, 27 state regulatory commissions and the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), and clearance from the United States Department of Justice (DoJ) and various international agencies.

The merger of Bell Atlantic and GTE, to form Verizon Communications, became effective on June 30, 2000, with an exchange ratio of 1.22 shares of Verizon Communications Common Stock for each share of GTE Common Stock owned. Fractional shares resulting from the exchange of GTE stock into Verizon Communications shares were sold at a price of $55.00 per share. Verizon began trading on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) under its new "VZ" symbol on Monday, July 3, 2000.

Meanwhile, on September 21, 1999, Bell Atlantic and UK-based Vodafone AirTouch Plc (now Vodafone Group Plc) announced that they had agreed to create a new wireless business with a national footprint, a single brand and a common digital technology composed of Bell Atlantic's and Vodafone's U.S. wireless assets (Bell Atlantic Mobile (which was previously called Bell Atlantic-NYNEX Mobile by 1997), AirTouch Cellular, PrimeCo Personal Communications and AirTouch Paging). This wireless joint venture received regulatory approval in six months, and began operations as Verizon Wireless on April 4, 2000, kicking off the new "Verizon" brand name. GTE's wireless operations became part of Verizon Wireless creating what was initially the nation's largest wireless company before Cingular Wireless acquired AT&T Wireless in 2004 when the Bell Atlantic-GTE merger closed nearly three months later. Verizon then became the majority owner (55%) of Verizon Wireless.

Genuity was formerly the Internet division of GTE Corp and spun off in 2000.Level 3 Communications acquired the bankrupt ISP in 2002 for only $137 million; a bargain-basement price considering the $616 million that a pre-Bell Atlantic-merger GTE paid for Genuity (then BBN Planet) in 1997.

According to reports, when Bell Atlantic decided to create Verizon, they attempted to register "Verizon Sucks" domain names, and in fact, has registered over 700 domain names, many with the word "sucks" in them, probably to prevent critics from doing so. In response, 2600 magazine registered the domain name "verizonreallysucks.com." Bell Atlantic reportedly sent a cease and desist letter. 2600 Magazine then registered "VerizonShouldSpendMoreTimeFixingItsNetworkAndLessMoneyOnLawyers.com" Bell Atlantic reportedly withdrew its cease and desist letter, and caselaw has come to affirm that "sucks" domain names are generally protected under the US First Amendment.

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