Eric Rabe, vice president of media relations at Verizon Communications, goes On the Record…Online with host Eric Schwartzman to discuss the controversy over free municipal Wi-Fi services, the issue of Net neutrality, and the direction in which Verizon Communications is heading.
3:57 – Eric Rabe talks about the direction in which Verizon Communications is moving.
5:23 – Rabe explains Verizon’s FiOS service.
7:46 – Rabe talks about why the U.S. is behind in its network connection speed compared to other nations.
9:50 – Rabe on the difference between the use of DSL in the U.S. and Hong Kong.
10:20 – Rabe talks about the technology Wi-Fi and the ways to use it.
12:05 – Rabe discusses the controversy over free municipal Wi-Fi services: “…if the issue you’re trying to solve is affordability of internet connections I think there are many ways to do it that are more efficient that having the government go out and try to build a telecommunications network.”
14:32 – Rabe on whether there are advantages to using Wi-Fi to deliver broadband to the public.
17:06 – Rabe talks about Verizon’s partnership with Yahoo and whether it poses a challenge to the networks: “…there’s no doubt in my mind that IP technology is going to be the way television will be delivered in the future. Verizon certainly recognizes that…Verizon is well positioned to be a leader in that developing world.”
19:07 – Rabe discusses the issue of Net neutrality.
22:23 – Rabe on how Net neutrality affects Verizon.
26:02 – Rabe responding to a question on how Yahoo can be both a competitor and a partner of Verizon: “…it’s nothing personal, it’s all business…we have a lot of respect for all of these companies, Yahoo, Google, MSN…”
26:53 – Rabe on the challenges consumers will be faced with when choosing their media over the next 10 years: “I think the big issue for consumers is sorting through what’s available…its not just a matter of finding it and choosing stories to read or videos to watch, but it’s also the issue of credibility and reliability.”
29:10 – Rabe offers advice to other marketing and communications executives.
30:21 – End
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