Verizon New England

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Verizon New England, Inc.
Verizon Massachusetts
Verizon Rhode Island
Formerly called
New England Telephone and Telegraph Company (1883-2000)
Private (Subsidiary of Verizon)
Industry Telecommunications
Founded 1883
Area served
Massachusetts, Rhode Island
Products POTS, DSL, FiOS (FTTP)
Parent American Bell (1883-1899)
AT&T (1899-1983)
NYNEX (1984-1997)
Bell Atlantic/Verizon (1997-present)
Website Verizon Massachusetts
Verizon Rhode Island
New England Telephone logo, 1921-1939
New England Telephone logo, 1984-1992

Verizon New England, Inc., formerly New England Telephone and Telegraph Company, more commonly known as New England Telephone, is a Bell Operating Company that serves most of Massachusetts and all of Rhode Island.


New England Telephone served most of the New England area of the United States, including Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Vermont as a part of the original AT&T for seven decades. After the Bell System divestiture in 1984, it merged with New York Telephone to form NYNEX in 1984. After 1994, the name was no longer officially publicly used (although it was still used internally for portions of operations).

NYNEX was acquired by Bell Atlantic in 1997 and began doing business under that name; however, NET retained its original corporate name. In 2000, Bell Atlantic bought GTE and changed its own name to Verizon. New England Telephone was then renamed Verizon New England, Inc.

Verizon New England is headquartered at 185 Franklin Street in the Post Office Square area of Boston's Financial District. As of 2009, the building is still used by Verizon, but it has been sold.

Its slogan and jingle was "We're the one for you, New England. New England Telephone."

Despite the similarity of names, the company has no connection to an earlier New England Telephone and Telegraph Company, a short-lived company that dissolved in 1879, although at least through 1965 the legal business name of New England Telephone was The New England Telephone and Telegraph Company. It also had no connection to Southern New England Telephone (SNET) which covered Connecticut and small parts of New York. (Verizon has operations in a small part of Connecticut, but that is considered part of New York Telephone.)


As of April 1, 2008, its operations in Maine, New Hampshire, and Vermont were sold to FairPoint Communications as Northern New England Telephone Operations and Telephone Operating Company of Vermont. Verizon retained Massachusetts and Rhode Island.


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