Verizon Maryland

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Verizon Maryland LLC
The Chesapeake and Potomac Telephone Company of Baltimore City
The Chesapeake and Potomac Telephone Company of Maryland
Bell Atlantic - Maryland, Inc.
Subsidiary of Verizon
Founded1884; 135 years ago (1884)
HeadquartersBaltimore, MD
ProductsLocal Telephone Service, Verizon FiOS
ParentAmerican Bell (1883-1899)
AT&T (1899–1983)
Bell Atlantic/Verizon (1984–present)
WebsiteVerizon Maryland

Verizon Maryland was founded in 1884 as The Chesapeake and Potomac Telephone Company of Baltimore City.[1] It changed its name to The Chesapeake and Potomac Telephone Company of Maryland on January 3, 1956, and the corporate name at this point changed to C&P Telephone of Maryland.[2]

C&P relaxed its rule against the hiring of African-Americans for white collar jobs in January 1943 due to labor shortages during World War II, but telephone operator positions remained racially segregated until the hiring of Hermie Graham for a position at a C&P office in Govans in 1974.[3]

After AT&T's 1969 corporate identity overhaul, which included the famous Saul Bass Bell logo, the name was shortened to C&P Telephone on marketing materials, bills, vehicles, etc.

In 1984, when the Bell System was divided into the Regional Bell Operating Companies, or "Baby Bells", the C&P Telephone companies became part of Bell Atlantic.

In 1994, Bell Atlantic renamed all of its operating companies. C&P Telephone of Maryland was renamed Bell Atlantic – Maryland, Inc.

After Bell Atlantic's merger with GTE in 2000, the system was renamed Verizon, and so were its Bell Operating Companies. Bell Atlantic was renamed Verizon Maryland, Inc.

In December 2012, Verizon Maryland, Inc., incorporated in Maryland, was merged into Verizon Maryland Merge Co., a Delaware corporation; the name of the Delaware-based company was then changed to Verizon Maryland LLC.[4]


  1. ^ Verizon
  2. ^ Maryland Secretary of State Archived August 26, 2011, at the Wayback Machine
  3. ^ Rasmussen, Frederick N. (November 1, 2009). "Back Story: Remembering the 'Rosie the Riveter' of Black Baltimore". The Baltimore Sun. p. 9. Retrieved 2009-11-09.
  4. ^ "Articles of Merger". Retrieved 2013-01-29.