Proxy Statement
Letter to Shareholders


Verizon Communications Inc.
140 West Street
New York, New York 10007

March 17, 2008

Dear Fellow Shareholders:

On behalf of the Board of Directors, we invite you to attend Verizon’s 2008 annual meeting of shareholders. The meeting will be held on Thursday, May 1, 2008 at 10:30 a.m., local time, at The Cornhusker Marriott Hotel, 333 South 13th Street, Lincoln, Nebraska. You can find directions to the meeting on the admission ticket attached to your proxy card, in the proxy statement and online at

The annual meeting is an opportunity to discuss matters of general interest to Verizon’s shareholders and for you to vote on the matters included in the proxy statement. At this year's meeting, you will be asked to elect Directors, ratify the appointment of the independent registered public accounting firm and consider three shareholder proposals. The Board of Directors recommends that you vote FOR items 1 and 2 and AGAINST items 3, 4 and 5.

Only Verizon shareholders may attend the annual meeting. If you are a registered Verizon shareholder, your admission ticket is attached to your proxy card. If you hold your shares through a bank, broker or other institution, the proxy statement explains how to obtain an admission ticket at the meeting.

Your vote is very important, so please take the time to vote promptly so that your shares are represented at the meeting. We appreciate your participation and your ongoing interest in Verizon.



Chairman and Chief Executive Officer

Your vote is important.

Please vote promptly online,
by telephone, or by signing, dating and returning
the enclosed proxy card.