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Matthew Flanigan



THEN: Matthew Flanigan was president of Cognitronics, a maker of CO equipment to replace operators. He also was a board member of the Telecommunications Industry Association. “Back then was shortly after the breakup of the old Bell System,” he recalls. “It was about trying to get more competition for basic telephone service.”

NOW: Flanigan retired as president of TIA on Dec. 31, 2006, but is staying on in a consultative role to advise his successor. He also will add a few more board seats to his resume, he says. “The big thing today is consumers have a choice in getting voice, video and data from many providers — wireline, wireless, cable and broadband over powerline,” he says. “The consumer truly has a choice that 20 years ago he didn’t have.”


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