Company: General Telephone & Electric Corporation
Based: Stamford, CT.
Founded: 1918 (Merged with Bell Atlantic in 2000 to become Verizon Communications)
Founders: John F. O'Connell, Sigurd L. Odegard, and John A. Pratt
Specialty: Once was the largest independent telephone company in the United States. Supplier of telecommunications products and services, telephone & internet operations, Slyvania Televisions and other electrical & electronic products.