|Peninsular Telephone Company|
General Telephone Company of Florida
GTE Florida Incorporated
Verizon Florida, Inc.
Verizon Florida LLC
|Private (Subsidiary of Frontier)|
|William G. Brorein, Founder|
|Products||Local Telephone Service|
Frontier 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.
On April 1, 2016, Verizon Florida became "Frontier Florida" after Frontier Communications purchased all of Verizon wireline assets in Florida.
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 closed on March 31, 2016.
Verizon Florida transitioned to Frontier Communications on April 1, 2016.
- "William G. Brorein". tampapix.com. Retrieved 12 October 2016.
- Florida Secretary of State, sunbiz.org, Verizon North, Inc., amended articles of incorporation
- "Verizon to sell wireline operations and towers worth over $15 bln". 5 February 2017. Retrieved 12 October 2016 – via Reuters.
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