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Light Reading's Hall of Fame: The First Five

As part of the 2010 Leading Lights awards, we've inducted five inaugural members into the Light Reading Hall of Fame. (See LR Names 2010 Leading Lights Winners.)

The list celebrates individuals whose contributions have shaped the modern telecom industry, or whose impact simply cannot be ignored. Sometimes, that's a good thing, involving the creation of new communications standards that continue to thrive today. Sometimes, it's more about accusations of massive financial fraud, or a trip outside the country to dodge the FBI.

To start, we've chosen five names representing a mini-history of modern communications, from the creation of Ethernet to today's expanding wireless landscape. We intend to add more as the years pass, so don't be dismayed if we left off your favorite – and don't be shy about calling us out on the message boards.

  • Kobi Alexander
  • John Cioffi
  • Bernie Ebbers
  • Craig McCaw
  • Bob Metcalfe

— The Staff, Light Reading

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cnwedit 12/5/2012 | 4:19:45 PM
re: Light Reading's Hall of Fame: The First Five

Like all visionaries and risk-takers, McCaw also suffered some spectacular failures -- Teledesic comes to mind as his boldest vision, and biggest single failure (though maybe not as personally costly as the divorce.)

jayja 12/5/2012 | 4:19:43 PM
re: Light Reading's Hall of Fame: The First Five

I thought Don was doing pretty well in your voting.

As someone who has made a career and raised a family on his invention, I can't understand how he is not on this list. 

Though when I see Bernie Ebbers and Jacob Alexander on the list, and compare them to a gentleman of high character like Don, maybe that's not so bad.

“I'd never join a club that would allow a person like me to become a member.” - Grouch Marx

Next year?

Pete Baldwin 12/5/2012 | 4:19:42 PM
re: Light Reading's Hall of Fame: The First Five

Next year, maybe. We only reserved the five spots for this first salvo ... but it's good to know we've got a strong pool of candidates to add to the list in the future. Thanks for the input.

Pete Baldwin 12/5/2012 | 4:19:17 PM
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Bob Metcalfe is joining the University of Texas, Austin, as Professor of Innovation and <clearing throat grandly> Murchison Fellow of Free Enterprise. Wonder if he also gets to wield the Scepter of Market Openness.

News release:  Bob Metcalfe Goes Back To School.

He did an amusing and very Metcalfian interview with Mass High Tech, where he cites Austin's music scene and the daily JetBlue Austin-to-Boston flight.  He also says he's working on a book -- not an e-book, but an "n"-book, the "n" standing for "networked." Of course, he doesn't explain.


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