Verizon Washington, DC

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Verizon Washington, DC, Inc.
Formerly
The Chesapeake and Potomac Telephone Company
Bell Atlantic - Washington, D.C., Inc.
Subsidiary of Verizon
Industry Telecommunications
Founded 1883 (DC)
Headquarters Washington, DC
Products Local Telephone Service, Verizon FiOS
Parent American Bell (1883-1899)
AT&T (1899–1983)
Bell Atlantic/Verizon (1984–present)
Website Verizon Washington DC

The Chesapeake and Potomac Telephone Company was founded in June 1883. C&P Telephone Co. provided telephone service to Washington, D.C.

In July 1969, President Richard Nixon's telephone call to astronauts on the moon originated from C&P Telephone Co. equipment.

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 Co. was renamed Bell Atlantic Washington, DC, Inc.

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