Ivan Seidenberg, CEO of Verizon talks to me about the Network of 2020.
Great video, but does Ivan really think that the I in IP address stands for Intellectual, as in Property? Perhaps he has been following UK politics too closely?
Skip to 27:20 and you will see what I mean.
I see the rest of the world in having fast internet and several of the DRM laws revoked in 2020 (or well on it’s way)…but I see the US cut off from the rest of the world due to our government being more interested in keeping their corporate overlords and special interests happy rather than doing what’s best for the country as a whole. So no fast internet (no one can afford it) and laws so strict that if you even look at something owned by the media companies, you are kicked off the net forever. But hey, that’s America! It’s great we are so free!!
An interesting character and an interesting interview.
Alex, he barely got the word ‘intellectual’ out, did not finish the phrase. Maybe he realized he was about to misspeak and cut himself short? He did finish the interview with a point about the role of ‘bluffing’ in his work. He’s a business guy, not an engineer 😉
Hi Wikipedia page is interesting, too: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ivan_Seidenberg
For most of the interview, he seemed like a reasonable guy.
He clearly thinks an IP address is an “intellectual property” address. If he realized he mispoke, he would have corrected himself on the spot.
I don’t think he ever heard of a blanket fee (the question Jon asked about). I asked the same question to some masters of the universe (from Google, Lions Gate, etc.) at a conference. They looked at me like I was speaking ancient Babylonian. Lots of people that should be familiar with that concept are not.
I liked that he indicated he doesn’t want to be copyright cop, but I was shocked when he said that he’d be happy to rat on his customers.
The dumbest thing he said is that the US government should get tough with foreign governments about enforcing anti-piracy laws. In other words, we should give valuable concessions so China can pay lip service to laws that won’t work, and are designed to prop up businesses that can’t adapt to new technologies and market realities.
Really enjoyed this, JT. Thanks for the post.
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