Yearly aggregate dividend payments for Verizon Communications stock increased from $1.54 per share in 2000 to $2.16 per share in 2014. The first quarter dividend payment of 2015 was $0.55 per share, an increase of two cents per share over the first quarter of 2014, according to the Verizon website.
Bell Atlantic Corporation merged with GTE Corporation in June 2000 to form Verizon Communications. Bell Atlantic stock began trading under the Verizon name at that point. The dividend payments after the formation of Bell Atlantic in 1984 totaled $0.80 per share, increasing to $1.54 per share in 1999, the last full year the stock traded as Bell Atlantic.