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MCI WorldCom was acquired by Verizon Communications, Inc. in 2006 for $8.4 billion.
The Company provided local, long distance and Internet services domestically and internationally. offering these services business, government, telecommunications companies and consumer customers, through its networks of fiber optic cables, digital microwave, and fixed and transportable satellite earth stations. The Company also had a global reach with operations in over 65 countries encompassing the Americas, Europe and the Asia-Pacific regions.
MCI WorldCom, like many other facilities-based CLECs, had a desire to capitalize on the industry's fastest growing segments, namely data/Internet, international and U.S. local phone services. The Company owned and operated its own network in cities across the U.S. and around the world. MCI WorldCom served millions of U.S. business and consumer customers with an integrated package, including long distance, local (available from more than 100 U.S. markets) data, Internet and other communications services.
Through both UUNET and MCI WorldCom Advanced Networks, the Company had developed a reliable and widely deployed Internet network, as well as networking and hosting solutions. The UUNET backbone supported speeds ranging from 28.8 Kbps to OC-12 and provided local access from more than 1,000 locations worldwide. MCI WorldCom Advanced Networks offered virtual private network (VPN), security, customer care, web hosting and e-commerce services.
Globally, MCI WorldCom has established itself as a local, facilities-based competitor in 15 countries outside the U.S., with high capacity connectivity to more than 40,000 buildings world-wide.
In November 1998, MCI WorldCom announced the nationwide deployment of DSL (Digital Subscriber Line) based Internet access services with planned availability in more than 400 Points of Presence (PoPs) by year end and 600 POPs by March 1999. The services, available through the company's UUNET network, provided higher-bandwidth Internet access to online service providers and smaller businesses. America Online and EarthLink began trials of the new service in 1998. The broad national footprint of the new services included major markets, such as San Francisco, Los Angeles, Boston, New York, San Diego, Chicago, and Washington, D.C.. The roster of PoPs that made up the services includes a combination of facilities from MCI WorldCom and third party LECs and CLECs.