Verizon West Virginia Inc. to Redeem Debenture

NEW YORK -- Verizon Communications Inc. (NYSE:VZ) today announced that on March 18, 2002, its wholly owned subsidiary Verizon West Virginia Inc. (formerly The Chesapeake and Potomac Telephone Company of West Virginia) will redeem the entire outstanding principal amount of its $50 million 7 1/4% Debentures, due Feb. 1, 2013.

The redemption price of 101.13 percent of the principal amount of the 7 1/4% Debentures, with interest accrued to the redemption date, will be payable on March 18, 2002. On and after March 18, interest will cease to accrue on the debentures.

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