GTE Midwest, Inc.
was a GTE
operating company formed in 1993 upon the split off of some GTE local telephone operations from GTE North
. GTE Midwest served Missouri
, and Minnesota
, and included the former operations of Contel
In 1995, GTE Midwest's Minnesota operations were transferred to Contel of Minnesota, Inc. Contel of Minnesota had always been a separate company from GTE Midwest.
In 2000, GTE
completed the sale of some of its Missouri lines to Spectra Communications Group
, which was an investment of CenturyTel
. Also occurring that year Bell Atlantic
acquired GTE, renaming the merged company Verizon
. Upon the completion of the merger, Iowa
operations of GTE Midwest were sold to Iowa Network Service, and Nebraska
operations were sold to Citizens Utilities (Citizens Telecommunications Company of Nebraska
). By the end of 2000, GTE Midwest only served Missouri
, and GTE Midwest began doing business as Verizon Midwest
In 2002, Verizon sells its operations in Missouri
, becoming CenturyTel of Missouri
(remaining separate from Spectra Communications Group
On August 31, 2002, Verizon discontinued Verizon Midwest as an operating company, with all of its operations transferred to different operating companies within former GTE operating, or the operations being sold off.