|Peninsular Telephone Company
General Telephone Company of Florida
GTE Florida Incorporated
|Private (Subsidiary of Verizon)|
|William G. Brorein, Founder|
|Products||Local Telephone Service|
Verizon Florida was founded as the Peninsular Telephone Company by William G. Brorein in March 1901. Brorein, a politician from Ohio, arrived in Tampa in 1901. Noticing the boom in the South, he was convinced by friends to get in the telephone business. Peninsular Telephone began with only 100 telephone lines.
In 1957, the company was sold to General Telephone and Electronics (later GTE) and the name was changed to General Telephone Company of Florida.
The company was later renamed GTE Florida, Incorporated.
In 2000, GTE Florida was renamed "Verizon Florida", upon GTE's buyout by Bell Atlantic.
It serves the Tampa Bay Area.
Sale to Frontier
On February 5, 2015, Verizon Communications announced a sale of its wired telecom operations in California, Florida, and Texas to Frontier Communications. Verizon Florida is included in the sale. The transaction is expected to close in the first half of 2016.
- Florida Secretary of State, sunbiz.org, Verizon North, Inc., amended articles of incorporation
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