March 21, 2005
To Our Shareholders:
On behalf of the Board of Directors, Verizon cordially
invites you to attend the 2005 Annual Meeting of Shareholders
of Verizon Communications Inc. on Thursday, May 5, 2005.
The Annual Meeting will be held at the Houston Marriott
Westchase Hotel, 2900 Briarpark Drive, Houston, Texas.
The Annual Meeting will begin at 10:00 a.m. and end
no later than 12 noon. The formal Notice of Annual Meeting
appears on the next page.
The attached Proxy Statement describes the matters that
we expect to act upon at the Annual Meeting. Shareholders
who attend the Annual Meeting will have the opportunity
to ask questions of broad interest to Verizon’s
shareholders. You will need an admission ticket to attend
the Annual Meeting, and specific information about obtaining
your admission ticket can be found in the Notice of
Annual Meeting. Directions to the Annual Meeting are
printed on the admission ticket.
It is important that your views be represented whether
or not you attend the Annual Meeting. The Board of Directors
recommends that shareholders vote FOR Items 1 and 2
and AGAINST Items 3 through 8.
We appreciate your interest in Verizon and urge you
to vote your shares either in person at the Annual Meeting
or by returning your proxy as soon as possible.
Chairman and Chief Executive Officer