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Verizon Communications

Verizon Communications Inc. is an American multinational telecommunications conglomerate and a corporate component of the Dow Jones Industrial Average. The company is based at 1095 Avenue of the Americas in Midtown Manhattan, New York City, but is incorporated in Delaware. In 1984, the United States Department of Justice mandated AT&T Corporation to break up the Bell System into seven companies, each a Regional Bell Operating Company referred to as "Baby Bells". One of the Baby Bells, Bell Atlantic, came into existence in 1984, consisting of the separate operating companies New Jersey Bell, Bell of Pennsylvania, Diamond State Telephone, C&P Telephone, with a trading area from New Jersey to Virginia; this company would become Verizon. As part of a rebranding of the Baby Bells in the mid-1990s, all of Bell Atlantic's operating companies assumed the holding company's name. In 1997, Bell Atlantic expanded into New York and the New England states by merging with fellow Baby Bell NYNEX. Although Bell Atlantic was the surviving company name, the merged company moved its headquarters from Philadelphia to NYNEX's old headquarters in New York City.

In 2000, Bell Atlantic acquired GTE, which operated telecommunications companies across most of the rest of the country, not in Bell Atlantic's footprint. Bell Atlantic, the surviving entity, changed its name to "Verizon", a portmanteau of veritas and horizon. In 2015, Verizon expanded into content ownership by acquiring AOL, two years it acquired Yahoo!. AOL and Yahoo were amalgamated into a new division named Oath Inc.. As of 2016, Verizon is one of three remaining companies that had their roots in the former Baby Bells; the other two, like Verizon, exist as a result of mergers among fellow former Baby Bell members. SBC Communications bought out the Bells' former parent AT&T Corporation, assumed the AT&T name. CenturyLink was formed in 2011 by the acquisition of Qwest. Verizon's subsidiary Verizon Wireless is the second largest U. S. wireless communications service provider as of April 2019, with 153.1 million mobile customers. And as of 2017, Verizon is the only publicly traded telecommunications company to have two stock listings in its home country, both the NYSE and NASDAQ.

As of 2017, it is the second largest telecommunications company by revenue after AT&T. Bell Atlantic Corporation was created as one of the original Regional Bell Operating Companies in 1984, during the breakup of the Bell System. Bell Atlantic's original roster of operating companies included: The Bell Telephone Company of Pennsylvania New Jersey Bell Diamond State Telephone C&P Telephone Bell Atlantic operated in the states of New Jersey, Delaware, West Virginia, Virginia, as well as Washington, DC. In 1996, CEO and Chairman Raymond W. Smith orchestrated Bell Atlantic's merger with NYNEX; when it merged, it moved its corporate headquarters from Philadelphia to New York City. NYNEX was consolidated into this name by 1997. Bell Atlantic changed its name to Verizon Communications in June 2000 when the Federal Communications Commission approved the US$64.7 billion Merger with telephone company GTE, nearly two years after the deal was proposed in July 1998. The approval came with 25 stipulations to preserve competition between local phone carriers, including investing in new markets and broadband technologies.

The new entity was headed by co-CEOs Charles Lee the CEO of GTE, Bell Atlantic CEO Ivan Seidenberg. Verizon became the largest local telephone company in the United States, operating 63 million telephone lines in 40 states; the company inherited 25 million mobile phone customers. Additionally, Verizon offered internet services and long-distance calling in New York, before expanding long-distance operations to other states; the name Verizon derives from the combination of the words veritas, Latin for truth, horizon. The name was chosen from 8,500 candidates and the company spent $300 million on marketing the new brand. Two months before the FCC gave final approval on the formation of Verizon Communications, Bell Atlantic formed Verizon Wireless in a joint venture with the British telecommunications company Vodafone in April 2000; the companies established Verizon Wireless as its own business operated by Bell Atlantic, which owned 55% of the venture. Vodafone retained 45% of the company; the deal was valued at $70 billion and created a mobile carrier with 23 million customers.

Verizon Wireless merged Bell Atlantic's wireless network, Vodafone's AirTouch and PrimeCo holdings, the wireless division of GTE. Due to its size, Verizon Wireless was able to offer national coverage at competitive rates, giving it an advantage over regional providers typical of the time. During its first operational year, Verizon Wireless released Mobile Web, an Internet service that allowed customers to access partner sites such as E*Trade, ABC News, ESPN, Amazon.com, Ticketmaster and MSN, as well as the "New Every Two" program, which gave customers a free phone with every two-year service contract. In another partnership with MSN in 2002, Verizon Wireless launched the mobile content service "VZW with MSN" and a phone that utilized the Microsoft Windows operating system. In August 2000 85,000 Verizon workers went on an 18-day labor strike after their union contracts expired; the strike affected quarterly revenues, resulting in Verizon Wireless' postponement of the company's IPO, created a backlog of repairs.

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Lanexang United F.C.

Lanexang United Football Club is a Laos professional football club based in Vientiane, Laos. They were the champions of the 2016 Lao Premier League before withdrawing from the competition, their home stadium is Lanexang Stadium. Lanexang Stadium is a 4,000 seat football stadium in Laos; the stadium is the home of Laos's Lanexang United. The Lanexang Stadium is the second largest football stadium in Laos, its nickname is the fifth castle of Vientiane Province. Lanexang United has led the 14-team Lao League in attendance since the move to the new stadium; the Lanexam Stadium is in the Ban Nong hai District, located about 4 kilometers southwest of central Vientiane along highway 219. The 150-acre site has a capacity of 4,000 people with parking for 800 cars and buses, plus 3,000 motorcycles; the pitch is floodlit. The stadium houses locker rooms for home and visiting teams, provides modern medical facilities and live television and radio broadcasting infrastructure Khonesavanh Sihavong Daoneua Siviengxay Sengdao Inthilath Vilayout Sayyabounsou Phoutthasay Khochalern Aaron Evans Alireza Jamali Diego Emilio Silva Argzim Redžović Lao Premier League Winners: 2016 Mekong Club Championship 2016: Runners-up Nakhon Phanom Official website Official Facebook

Who Do You Think You Are? (Australian TV series)

Who Do You Think You Are? is an Australian television documentary reality genealogy series, part of the international franchise and adaptation of the original British series on BBC of the same name, airing on SBS. SBS first aired six episodes of the BBC series in late 2007, followed by six Australian episodes beginning 13 January 2008 and six more from the original BBC version; each episode is narrated by Richard Mellick. SBS renewed the series for a sixth series on 29 August 2012; the seventh season aired on SBS from 4 August 2015. The eighth season started on Tuesday, 13 September 2016; the ninth season started on Tuesday 17 April 2018. Season 10 began on 30 April 2019; the success of the series led to SBS One and the National Archives of Australia jointly organising a Shake Your Family Tree day on 27 February 2008 to promote genealogy. Official website Who Do You Think You Are? on IMDb