Not Necessarily News

Posted: 12/2001

Not Necessarily News


… at CompTel’s Conference & Expo in Boston …

“We’ve gotta stop talking about what the bull market was like. We need to get back to reality … managing the bottom line.”

–Robert Annunziata, chairman, Velocita Corp. (

By The Numbers

= percentage of 440 telecom executives surveyed who feel the telecom industry will rebound within the next 12 months.

= percentage of executives who predict that broadband and wireless services will account for most of the growth.

= percentage who said they no longer consider stock options to be a major factor when considering job offers.

= percentage who rank salary as the most important factor when considering job offers.

= percentage who feel that a company’s business model and management team are the most important things to evaluate when considering an offer from a startup company.

Source: October 2001 survey by executive search firm TD Madison & Associates (

Smoke Him Out

The world’s most wanted man, Osama bin Laden, has been unable to escape the imaginations of Internet users.

While bin Laden, considered to be the mastermind of the Sept. 11 terrorist attack against the United States, continues to elude capture, his likeness and tacky jokes about him have inundated the Internet.

Many of the sites devoted to him are violent, reports. But most of them also have some humor.

Among sites capitalizing on bin Laden’s image and jokes are: CyberExtruder (, Twisted-humor ( and NewGrounds (

Coincidence or Not?

In the ‘things-that-make-you-go-hmm’ department, Verizon Communications Inc. ( named Allan Thoms, chairman of the Iowa Utilities Board for the past six years, to the newly created position of vice president of public policy and external affairs for Verizon’s Northwest region. Thoms held key posts with the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners, the national lobbyist for state regulators. As a BOC spokesman, Thoms is giving away secrets, sources say, when he gave the industry a heads up that many states will beef up their auditing staffs as more BOC Section 271 applications gain approval, in turn giving state regulators more enforcement duties. Any carrier making such a hire likely will get the inside scoop on regulatory processes. As if the BOCs needed it.

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