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Verizon to address personalization and multimedia applications at CONNECTIONS: The Digital Living Conference & Showcase

Dallas, Texas April 10, 2007 — CONNECTIONS announced today Shawn Strickland, Vice President, of Video Solutions for Verizon Communications, will provide the Closing Keynote for CONNECTIONS: The Digital Living Conference & Showcase on May 2, 2007, at 4:20 p.m.
CONNECTIONS, produced by Parks Associates in partnership with the Consumer Electronics Association, will be held at the Santa Clara Convention Center on May 1-3, 2007, in California. Strickland’s keynote “How Does a Service Provider Remain Relevant in an IP World?” will address the changing market dynamics for incumbent service providers and the role of Verizon’s FTTH-based FiOS TV service in the company’s vision and strategy to address the rapidly evolving consumer environment.

Parks Associates research indicates there will be 18 million U.S. households subscribing to FTTx services by 2011. Driving this growth are multiple variables, including fierce competition among wireline access providers seeking service breadth as key differentiators, and a greater reliance on robust access speeds to enable rich bundled services offerings, including high-quality Internet and video services.

“The role of service providers is undergoing a fundamental change,” said Kurt Scherf, vice president and principal analyst for Parks Associates. “These companies have to invest in new technologies and provide a new level of user experience and personalization in their services. Verizon has been at the forefront of this evolution, and we are pleased to have them at CONNECTIONS.”

Shawn Strickland is currently vice president of Video Solutions for Verizon Communications and is responsible for the strategic direction, development and implementation of FiOS TV as well as franchising acquisition and management. Most recently, Strickland led FiOS TV Product Management after managing the launch of data and voice products on the FTTH platform.
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Now in its eleventh year, CONNECTIONS: The Digital Living Conference and Showcase, produced by Parks Associates in partnership with the Consumer Electronics Association, is the largest executive conference and showcase dedicated to advanced digital lifestyle solutions for residential and mobile environments.

This executive conference features 80+ sponsors and 90+ speakers supporting the industry through their participation. With 800+ attendees, the conference will focus on the following market areas: Digital Entertainment, Business Challenges for Digital Home Technologies and Services, Mobile Platforms and Services, Broadband & IP Services, Home Management and Digital Health, and Home Networking and Infrastructure.

CONNECTIONS provides industry and consumer perspectives through Parks Associates and CEA research, keynote speakers, panel speakers, media and organization support, and a sponsor showcase displaying the latest technologies.

For information on speaking, sponsoring, or attending, please visit

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