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A Verizon employee holds out an iPhone for a customer. (Brian Snyder/Reuters)

Major employers


Verizon Communications continued to see strong growth in its Verizon Wireless division. In February, the division began selling the popular iPhone, which previously had been sold exclusively by rival AT&T. The rollout of its super-fast 4G LTE wireless network continued, increasing from 38 markets at the end of 2010 to 179. The company’s local-phone division fared less well, with a two-week strike by 45,000 workers in August and service disruptions caused by Hurricane Irene.


Verizon was formed from the merger of Bell Atlantic, then the local phone company for the Washington area, and GTE Corp.

Founded: 2000

President and CEO: Lowell C. McAdam

Employees (local): 195000 (13100)

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