Proxy Statement
Notice of Annual Meeting of Shareholders

Time and Date

10:30 a.m., local time, on May 1, 2008

Place

The Cornhusker Marriott Hotel
333 South 13th Street
Lincoln, Nebraska 68508

Items of Business

  • Elect 12 Directors
  • Ratify the appointment of the independent registered public accounting firm
  • Act upon the shareholder proposals described in the proxy statement which are presented at the meeting
  • Consider any other business that is properly brought before the meeting

How to Vote

If you are a registered shareholder, you may vote online at www.envisionreports.com/vz, by telephone or by mailing a proxy card. You may also vote in person at the annual meeting. If you hold shares through a bank, broker or other institution, you may vote your shares by any method specified on the voting instruction form that they provide. We encourage you to vote your shares as soon as possible.

By Order of the Board of Directors,

  • Marianne Drost
    Senior Vice President,
    • Deputy General Counsel and
      Corporate Secretary

March 17, 2008

Important Notice Regarding Availability of Proxy Materials for Verizon’s
Shareholder Meeting to be Held on May 1, 2008.

The Proxy Statement and Annual Report to Shareholders are available at
www.edocumentview.com/vz.

Proxy Statement

We are mailing this proxy statement to our shareholders beginning on March 17, 2008. The Board of Directors is soliciting proxies in connection with the 2008 Annual Meeting and encourages you to read this proxy statement and vote your shares online, by telephone or by mailing your proxy card.