UNITED STATES


                             WASHINGTON, D.C. 20549

                                    FORM 8-K

                                 CURRENT REPORT

     Pursuant to Section 13 or 15(d) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934

                        Date of Report: January 29, 2004
                        (Date of earliest event reported)

                           VERIZON COMMUNICATIONS INC.
             (Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)

         Delaware                        1-8606                   23-2259884
(State or other jurisdiction of   (Commission File Number)    (I.R.S. Employer
       incorporation)                                        Identification No.)

     1095 Avenue of the Americas,
          New York, New York                                        10036
(Address of principal executive offices)                          (Zip Code)

       Registrant's telephone number, including area code: (212) 395-2121

                                 Not applicable
          (Former name or former address, if changed since last report)


Item 9.  Regulation FD Disclosure.

Below is a press release issued by Verizon Communications Inc.


                                                                  [VERIZON LOGO]

Jan. 29, 2004                          Peter Thonis

                                       BOB VARETTONI


                            PROVIDES OUTLOOK FOR 2004

         NEW YORK -- Senior executives at Verizon Communications (NYSE:VZ) today
outlined strategies and operational plans designed to maintain the company's
leadership position in a transforming industry and accelerate the company's
growth in 2004 and beyond.

         At a conference held here for analysts, Chairman and CEO Ivan
Seidenberg said, "Our 2004 business plans present a solid strategy for the
organic growth of our company. Some of our plans will begin to generate
financial results this year. Other plans, especially our new infrastructure
investments, will produce results over the long term.

         "We are confident in our ability to continue to transform ourselves for
growth, and we believe this will yield an improving growth profile for Verizon
as we move forward."

Verizon News Release, page 2

         Seidenberg added, "We are investing in technologies that support
higher-growth revenue streams; improving our balance sheet to enhance our
strategic flexibility and give us more options for returning value to
shareowners; and permanently reducing our cost structure in the regulated
segment of our business."

                               2004 BUSINESS PLANS

         The presentations at today's meeting focused on growth strategies and
operational plans at Verizon's business segments.


         Larry Babbio, president of Verizon's domestic wireline business,
outlined key execution areas for 2004 in consumer, small business, enterprise
(large business) and wholesale markets. Babbio told analysts to look for
continued customer gains in DSL (digital subscriber lines) and long-distance;
improved share in enterprise markets; stability in wholesale markets; and
continued improvement in Domestic Telecom's cost structure. Excluding pension
and OPEB (other post-retirement employee benefit) costs, margins will be
stable, Babbio said, with continued strong cash generation.

         Regarding broadband, Babbio described plans to expand DSL availability
and reiterated Verizon's target of passing 1 million homes with advanced,
high-speed fiber optics. He also elaborated on technology plans to evolve
Verizon's nationwide wireline network to packet-switching technology.

Verizon News Release, page 3

         Babbio outlined cost-management strategies, such as the increased
automation of internal processes, wider use of customer self-service through the
Web and "touch-free" delivery of services to large customers.

         Consumer and small-business plans call for a continued emphasis on
product bundling (see Verizon's announcement earlier today about new offers that
include DIRECTV), and Babbio discussed rollout strategies for Voice Over
Internet Protocol (VOIP) offerings in all retail customer segments.


         Denny Strigl, president and CEO of Verizon Wireless, said the company's
premier wireless network will once again be the bedrock for continued industry
leadership and differentiated service -- which will continue to deliver
shareholder value in 2004 and beyond. He emphasized that Verizon Wireless plans
to preserve its "best network" reputation for quality and reliability, while it
rolls out robust new products and services.

         With the expansion of the company's BroadbandAccess service nationally
beginning this year, Verizon Wireless will be able to offer customers richer,
more productive, graphics-based wireless capabilities including video messaging,
video and music content, multiplayer-gaming and broadband mobility at speeds of
300 to 500 kbps.

         To complement this wireless broadband capability, the company will roll
out an array of advanced devices customized to present fun, visual content and
to further stimulate usage of data and messaging services. The company has seen
a dramatic rise in data usage and revenue in 2003, and expects continued data

         Leading the industry in lowest cost structure continues to be a
priority for the company, Strigl said. In 2004, Verizon Wireless will create
further cost efficiencies by delivering greater

Verizon News Release, page 4

network efficiencies through network management and technology, further
consolidating facilities to take advantage of scale, and increasing self-serve
and automated transactions.


         Kathy Harless, president of Verizon Information Services (VIS),
described the evolution of the directory services business, which she said is
expected to continue to provide healthy cash flows in 2004. Harless announced
plans that are designed to protect the core print business and tap into new
revenue opportunities through "pay-per-click" advertising on Verizon's
SuperPages.com domestic Internet directory.

         Harless said that VIS is charting a course to provide three things to
maximize this opportunity: truly rich, location-specific content; highly
targeted local search capabilities, and a compelling pay-per-click offer that
monetizes searches and provides advertisers stronger value for their promotional
dollars. Harless added that within the next few months VIS will launch new
options on SuperPages.com that will re-define the local search and buying
market, and introduce pay-per-click pricing -- unleashing the value in the
company's online product.

                                  2004 OUTLOOK

         Also at today's conference, Chief Financial Officer Doreen Toben
provided a financial outlook for 2004 that anticipates continued overall revenue
growth; stable margins, excluding net pension and OPEB costs; and continued
strong cash flows to fund growth initiatives and reduce debt.

Verizon News Release, page 5


         Verizon is targeting a total consolidated revenue growth percentage in
the low single digits in 2004, supported by continued revenue growth in
wireless, long-distance and DSL, and from sales of services to enterprise
customers. Toben said Verizon remains focused on using free cash flow to reduce


         Verizon expects capital expenditures to be in the range of $12 billion
to $13 billion in 2004, compared with $11.9 billion in 2003, with a higher
percentage of the spending this year allocated to growth areas.

         Wireline capital spending will be essentially flat, ranging from $6.5
billion to $7.0 billion in 2004, including spending for the company's fiber
optic and VOIP initiatives. Wireless capital spending is expected to increase
from $4.6 billion in 2003 to the $5.0 billion to $5.5 billion range in 2004,
including investments for the deployment of EV-DO (wireless broadband) services
and supporting the infrastructure for further growth in the business. Other 2004
capital spending, primarily in the international business segment, is expected
to be approximately $500 million, flat compared with 2003.


         Toben also announced that in 2004 non-cash pension expenses and
post-retirement benefit costs will reduce fully diluted earnings by 23 cents to
27 cents per share, compared with 2003. Last year the company realized a
5-cent-per-share contribution from pension income net of OPEB costs; this is
expected to swing to an 18- to 22-cent-per-share cost in 2004.

Verizon News Release, page 6

         The company is maintaining its assumption of 8.50 percent for return on
pension plan assets in 2004. Consistent with interest-rate levels at year-end,
the company has reduced its discount rate assumption to 6.25 percent in 2004,
from 6.75 percent in 2003.

         A Fortune 10 company, Verizon Communications (NYSE:VZ) is one of the
world's leading providers of communications services, with approximately $68
billion in annual revenues. Verizon companies are the largest providers of
wireline and wireless communications in the United States. Verizon is also the
largest directory publisher in the world, as measured by directory titles and
circulation. Verizon's international presence includes wireline and wireless
communications operations and investments, primarily in the Americas and Europe.
For more information, visit www.verizon.com.


VERIZON'S ONLINE NEWS CENTER: Verizon news releases, executive speeches and
biographies, media contacts and other information are available at Verizon's
News Center on the World Wide Web at www.verizon.com/news. To receive news
releases by e-mail, visit the News Center and register for customized automatic
delivery of Verizon news releases.

NOTE: This press release contains statements about expected future events and
financial results that are forward-looking and subject to risks and
uncertainties. For those statements, we claim the protection of the safe harbor
for forward-looking statements contained in the Private Securities Litigation
Reform Act of 1995. The following important factors could affect future results
and could cause those results to differ materially from those expressed in the
forward-looking statements: the duration and extent of the current economic
downturn; materially adverse changes in economic and industry conditions and
labor matters, including workforce levels and labor negotiations, and any
resulting financial and/or operational impact, in the markets served by us or by
companies in which we have substantial investments; material changes in
available technology; technology substitution; an adverse change in the ratings
afforded our debt securities by nationally accredited ratings organizations; the
final results of federal and state regulatory proceedings concerning our
provision of retail and wholesale services and judicial review of those results;
the effects of competition in our markets; our ability to satisfy regulatory
merger conditions; the ability of Verizon Wireless to continue to obtain
sufficient spectrum resources; and changes in our accounting assumptions that
regulatory agencies, including the SEC, may require or that result from changes
in the accounting rules or their application, which could result in an impact on


Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, the
registrant has duly caused this report to be signed on its behalf by the
undersigned, thereunto duly authorized.

                                              Verizon Communications Inc.

Date: January 29, 2004                  /s/ David H. Benson
                                            David H. Benson
                                            Senior Vice President and Controller