Upon its inception in June 2000, Verizon Communications became the largest local telephone company in the United States, operating 63 million telephone lines in 40 states. As of 2016, Verizon is one of three companies that had their roots in the former
Baby Bells. The philanthropic arm of Verizon Communications--The Verizon Foundation donates about $70 million per year
to nonprofits, in education, domestic violence prevention, and energy management.