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Keynote Kronicles

11:00 AM -- The news value of keynote speeches at conferences is always questionable, but they seem to diminish with the size and stature of the person giving the speech.

Case in point: This morning's Supercomm speech by Verizon Communications Inc. (NYSE: VZ) CEO, Ivan Seidenberg. Did you know, for example, that Verizon was launching a broadband FTTP service called Fios? Or that Verizon Wireless had a broadband EVDO service called vCast? Or that Verizon plans to have 3 million FTTP subscribers by the end of 2005?

Surprises never cease. This news is as fresh as, well, 2004 (see Verizon Announces FTTP Services and Verizon FTTP: Plenty of Exits).

Fortunately, if advertisements bore you, Seidenberg had some hot technical insights for the tech-savvy audience. According to Seidenberg, the Fios network provides "unlimited bandwidth for high-definition programming." Unlimited bandwidth -- now that is some interesting technology. And lot of Lindsay Lohan.

It would be nice to drill a little deeper below the thin crust of marketing, but unfortunately Verizon doesn't appear to be too open to that. The world's second-largest service provider declined to provide any executive interviews to Light Reading at Supercomm.

— R. Scott Raynovich, US Editor, Light Reading

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