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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.

SHOW NOTES:

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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