At the Annual Meeting of Shareholders, you will be
- Elect Directors;
- Ratify the appointment of the independent registered
public accounting firm;
- Act upon such other matters, including the six shareholder
proposals described on pages 10-17 of this Proxy Statement,
as may properly come before the meeting; and
- Consider any other business that is properly brought
before the meeting.
Only shareholders of record at the close of business
on March 7, 2005 will be entitled to vote at the Annual
Meeting. To grant a proxy to vote your shares, you should
complete and return the enclosed proxy card, complete
the voter instruction form provided by your bank or
broker or grant your proxy by telephone or Internet
as described on your proxy card or voter instruction
form. You may also vote in person at the Annual Meeting.
We encourage you to vote promptly whether or not you
expect to attend the Annual Meeting.
You will need an admission ticket to attend the meeting.
If you are a registered shareholder, an admission ticket
is attached to your proxy card. If your shares are not
registered in your name, you should ask the broker,
bank or other institution that holds your shares to
provide you with a copy of your account statement or
a letter from the firm confirming that you owned shares
of Verizon common stock on March 7, 2005. Please bring
that documentation to the meeting in order to receive
your admission ticket.
By Order of the Board of Directors