NEW YORK – The Board of Directors of Verizon Communications Inc. (NYSE, NASDAQ: VZ) today authorized the corporation to repurchase up to 100 million shares of its common stock. Verizon’s previous program, which expires on February 29, 2020, also authorized the repurchase of 100 million shares. Under the prior authorization, no shares were repurchased. The new authorization supersedes the prior authorization, and no additional shares of common stock of the corporation will be repurchased under the prior authorization. The new program will terminate upon the earlier of (i) the date on which the aggregate number of shares purchased reaches 100 million, or (ii) the authorization of another share repurchase plan that supersedes the current plan.