On February 4, 2010, 4chan started receiving reports from Verizon Wireless customers that they were having difficulties accessing the site's image boards.4chan administrators found that only traffic on port 80 to the boards.4domain was affected, leading them to believe that the block was intentional.
That same month, a $50 billion lawsuit was filed by two lawyers on behalf of all Verizon subscribers for privacy violations and to prevent the company from releasing additional records without consent or warrant.
Verizon won a lawsuit against Vonage in March 2007 for patent infringement.
Individual domains would only be unblocked upon request.
Verizon began negotiations to purchase long distance carrier MCI in 2005.
Verizon Wireless purchased wireless carrier Alltel for $28.1 billion in June 2008.
The acquisition included 13 million customers, which allowed Verizon Wireless to surpass AT&T in number of customers and reach new markets in rural areas.On February 7, 2010, Verizon Wireless confirmed that 4was "explicitly blocked" In May 2009, Verizon announced that it was selling off its wireline operations in Arizona, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Nevada, North Carolina, Ohio, Oregon, South Carolina, Washington, West Virginia, and Wisconsin.And in 2015, they announced they were selling its wireline operations in Texas, Florida, and California to Frontier.The three patents named were filed by Verizon in 1997 and relate to the conversion of IP addresses into phone numbers, a key technology of Vonage's business.This purchase represented Verizon's intent to offer security solutions to its global enterprise customers.Bell Atlantic, the surviving company, changed its name to "Verizon", a portmanteau of , Verizon is one of three companies that had their roots in the former Baby Bells.