News Release

Verizon Wireless Applauds Senators McCain And DeMint's Call For Three-Year Moratorium On Wireless Taxes

January 4, 2007

Debra Lewis
Debra.Lewis@VerizonWireless.com
908-559-7512

BASKING RIDGE, NJ — Verizon Wireless, operator of the nation's most reliable wireless network, applauded the "Cell Phone Tax Moratorium Act of 2007" introduced yesterday in the United States Senate by Sens. McCain (R-Ariz.) and DeMint (R-S.C.). The legislation calls for a three-year moratorium on state and local governments placing discriminatory taxes on wireless services.

"We have worked diligently for many years to protect our customers from unfair and discriminatory taxes on the wireless services that have become essential and integral to their daily lives," said Steve Zipperstein, vice president and general counsel of Verizon Wireless. "We applaud Senators McCain and DeMint for taking this bold step to protect wireless consumers from unfair and discriminatory taxes. The Senate Commerce Committee previously approved this Bill on a nearly unanimous, bi-partisan basis, and we urge Congress to move forward and enact it without delay."

About Verizon Wireless
Verizon Wireless operates the nation's most reliable wireless voice and data network, serving 57 million customers. The largest US wireless company and largest wireless data provider, based on revenues, Verizon Wireless is headquartered in Basking Ridge, N.J., with 60,000 employees nationwide. The company is a joint venture of Verizon Communications (NYSE:VZ) and Vodafone (NYSE and LSE: VOD). Find more information on the Web at www.verizonwireless.com.  To preview and request broadcast-quality video footage and high-resolution stills of Verizon Wireless operations, log on to the Verizon Wireless Multimedia Library at www.verizonwireless.com/multimedia

####