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                         Before the
              Federal Communications Commission
                   Washington, D.C. 20554

                                 )
                                 )    File No. EB-01-IH-0519
In the Matter of                  )
                                 )    Acct. No. 200232080021
VERIZON COMMUNICATIONS INC.       )
                                 )    FRN Numbers 0003708500, 
                                 )    0004673182, 0005733449, 
                                      0005779111, 0006190037                 
                                                              


                            ORDER

Adopted:  August 16, 2002               Released: August 20, 
2002 

By the Chief, Enforcement Bureau:

     1.   In  this   Order,  we   adopt  a   Consent  Decree 
terminating  an  investigation  into compliance  by  Verizon 
Communications,   Inc.   (``Verizon'')   with   the   Merger 
Conditions under  Application of GTE Corp.,  Transferor, and 
Bell  Atlantic Corp.,  Transferee, for  Consent to  Transfer 
Control of  Domestic and International Sections  214 and 310 
Authorizations  and Application  to  Transfer  Control of  a 
Submarine  Cable Landing  License, 15  FCC Rcd  14032 (2000) 
(``BA/GTE Merger Order''). 

     2.   The Enforcement Bureau and Verizon have negotiated 
the  terms of  a  Consent Decree  that  would terminate  the 
staff's  investigation.  A  copy  of the  Consent Decree  is 
attached hereto and is incorporated by reference.

     3.   We have  reviewed the terms of  the Consent Decree 
and we conclude that the  public interest would be served by 
approving   the   Consent   Decree   and   terminating   the 
investigation.

     4.   Accordingly, IT  IS ORDERED, pursuant  to sections 
4(i), 4(j) and  503(b) of the Communications  Act, 47 U.S.C. 
 154(i), 154(j) and 503(b), and the authority delegated by 
sections  0.111  and 0.311  of  the  Commission's rules,  47 
C.F.R.  0.111, 0.311, that  the attached Consent Decree is 
ADOPTED.

     5.   Verizon shall  make its voluntary  contribution to 
the United  States Treasury  by mailing  a check  or similar 
instrument, or by wire transfer, payable to the order of the 
Federal  Communications  Commission,  Forfeiture  Collection 
Section, Finance  Branch, P.O. Box 73482,  Chicago, Illinois 
60673-7482.1
     6.   IT IS  FURTHER ORDERED  that the  Commission staff 
investigation   into   the   matter  described   herein   IS 
TERMINATED.



                         FEDERAL COMMUNICATIONS COMMISSION


                         David H. Solomon
                         Chief, Enforcement Bureau
_________________________

1 The payment should reference Acct. No. 200232080021and FRN 
Numbers 0003708500, 0004673182, 0005733449, 0005779111, 
0006190037.