Verizon Wins First Quills Corporate Literacy Award Company Honored for Supporting Literacy Programs, Efforts to Raise Awareness

and Encourage Collaboration among Literacy Providers

    NEW YORK, Oct. 12 /PRNewswire/ -- Verizon has received the first Quills
 Corporate Literacy Award in recognition of the company's support of literacy
 programs throughout the United States.
     The award winners were announced at a star-studded ceremony Tuesday at
 Pier Sixty.
     "Verizon's mission has been to be the leader in America's campaign to
 raise literacy levels by orchestrating a national platform that will increase
 community awareness and support a wide diversity of literacy programs," said
 Gerry Byrne, chairman of the Quills Literacy Foundation. "Through its programs
 and its employees, Verizon has been a uniquely enthusiastic and committed
 leader that truly celebrates the written word and is making a difference. This
 is a well-deserved award."
     In accepting the award, Patrick Gaston, president of the Verizon
 Foundation, said, "This award is shared by the many Verizon employees who give
 of their talents, time and skills and by the many partners in the nonprofit
 community who are helping us turn the page on literacy. We're honored to have
 received this outstanding award, but recognize that there is still much work
 to do about an issue we all care so much about -- the advancement of
     In 2004 alone, the Verizon Foundation, the corporation's philanthropic
 arm, invested more than $18 million in literacy programs. Primarily through
 its Verizon Reads program, the Verizon Foundation uses technology such as
 broadband networks, Internet applications and computers to deliver innovative
 reading programs.
     Designed to inspire reading while promoting literacy, the Quills awards
 honor winners in more than 15 different categories including Book of the Year,
 Rookie of the Year and Lifetime Achievement. Hosted by NBC Nightly News anchor
 Brian Williams, with special appearances by Jon Stewart and Robert Klein, the
 Quills will be carried by 14 NBC Universal owned and operated television
 stations on Saturday, Oct. 22 from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m.
     Further information on the Quills is available on the Quills Literacy
 Foundation Web site at
     With more than $71 billion in annual revenues, Verizon Communications Inc.
 (NYSE:   VZ) is one of the world's leading providers of communications services.
 Verizon has a diverse work force of more than 214,000 in four business units:
 Domestic Telecom provides customers based in 28 states with wireline and other
 telecommunications services, including broadband.  Verizon Wireless owns and
 operates the nation's most reliable wireless network, serving 47.4 million
 voice and data customers across the United States.  Information Services
 operates directory publishing businesses and provides electronic commerce
 services.  International includes wireline and wireless operations and
 investments, primarily in the Americas and Europe.  For more information,
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