Frontier Communications Northwest

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Frontier Communications Northwest, Inc.
(subsidiary of Frontier)
Industry Telecommunications
Founded 1964
Headquarters Everett, Washington, U.S.
Area served
Idaho, Oregon, Washington
Products Local Telephone Service
Parent GTE (1964–2000)
Verizon (2000–2010)
Frontier (2010–present)

Frontier Communications Northwest, Inc. is a local telephone operating company owned by Frontier Communications.


Frontier Communications Northwest was founded in 1964 as the General Telephone Company of the Northwest, Inc. and later became GTE Northwest, Incorporated.

GTE Northwest originally served Idaho, Montana, Oregon, Washington.

In 1993, GTE acquired Continental Telephone (ConTel); as a result, ConTel operations in Oregon, Washington, and Idaho were merged into GTE Northwest. In 1994, GTE sold ConTel of Idaho to Citizens Communications (which later became Frontier Communications). In 1995, GTE sold operations in Montana to Citizens Communications, and absorbed ConTel of Oregon into GTE's existing Oregon operations.

In 2000, Bell Atlantic acquired GTE, forming Verizon. As a result, GTE Northwest was renamed "Verizon Northwest, Inc." It continued to provide local telephone service to former GTE regions and some ConTel regions in Idaho, Washington, and Oregon.

Sale to Frontier[edit]

Verizon Northwest, along with several other Verizon wireline operating companies, were acquired by Frontier Communications on July 1, 2010.[1] The company's name was changed to Frontier Communications Northwest, Inc. In a way, this reunites former GTE Northwest regions in Idaho & Montana (such as ConTel of Idaho) with the same parent.

Golf tournament[edit]

The company was the title sponsor of the GTE Northwest Classic, a professional golf tournament on the Senior PGA Tour from 1986 through 1995. The first edition was at Sahalee Country Club (now in Sammamish) and the remaining nine at Inglewood Golf Club in Kenmore.