News Release

Verizon Executive to Present at Merrill Lynch Conference on March 16

March 14, 2004

Nancy Stark
Nancy.Stark@VerizonWireless.com
908-306-6762Bob Varettoni, Verizon Communications
robert.a.varettoni@verizon.com
212-395-7726

NEW YORK, NY — Larry Babbio, vice chairman and president of Domestic Telecom at Verizon Communications Inc. (NYSE: VZ - News), will speak at the Merrill Lynch Global Communications Conference here on March 16. His presentation will be webcast beginning approximately 9 a.m. Eastern time on Verizon's Investor Relations Web site, www.verizon.com/investor.  Access instructions and presentation materials will be available on the site that morning.

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