AT&T and Verizon Video Execs to Keynote TelcoTV 2008 Conference & Expo

Top-level speakers from Tier 2 and Tier 3 carriers also to join the giants on TelcoTV's largest-ever carrier speaker program

IRVINE, Calif.
Oct 27, 2008

TelcoTV, the premier meeting place for the massive convergence of the entertainment and communications markets, announces its largest carrier speaker lineup for its annual conference to be held November 11-13 at the Anaheim Convention Center in Orange County, California.

The keynote addresses will feature top-level executives from the two leaders of telco video offerings in the US: Dan York, EVP Content for AT&T, which is rolling out its U-verse video service; and Eric Bruno, SVP Consumer Product Management and Development for Verizon, which is pushing out its FIOS service around the country.

TelcoTV will also have a very strong focus on medium-sized and small carriers and will feature participation by the following high-level business and technology leaders of noteworthy Tier 2 and Tier 3 carriers including:

  --  Rob Koester, Senior Manager, Broadband Product Development,
      Consolidated Communications
  --  Jeremy Graves, COO, Marketing, Sales & Competitive Services, Valley
      Telecom Group
  --  Mike Steciuk, Director of Technical Services, MTS Allstream
  --  Scott Watts, IPTV Manager, North State Communications
  --  Dale Merten, COO, Toledo Telephone
  --  Rob Koester, Senior Manager, Broadband Product Development,
      Consolidated Communications
  --  Derrick Bulawa, General Manager & CEO, BEK Communications
  --  Bruce Holdridge, Director of Commercial Operations, Zona
  --  Mitch Emerson, VP Sales, Backspace Communications
  --  Brandon Zupancic, Director of Network Operations, Canby Telcom
  --  Mike Nawrocki, Director of Standards, Verizon
  --  Larry January, Technical Analyst, Panhandle Telephone Cooperative

The TelcoTV educational program will feature more than a dozen service providers from independent rural carriers to large, national, Tier 1 providers. "Our audience has consistently told us that the most beneficial sessions are those that feature the telcos themselves, discussing the challenges, lessons learned, and strategies for success in delivering video entertainment programming and services to their subscriber bases," notes Carolyn Herr, TelcoTV Show Director. "And so this year's TelcoTV program will have its largest service provider lineup yet."

The seventh annual TelcoTV is jointly owned by United Business Media's TechWeb Division and the National Telecommunications Cooperative Association (NTCA), and produced by Light Reading, the leading online media, research, and targeted event company serving the $3 trillion worldwide communications market.

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