It's a Smart World: How Networks Are Innovating Business, Government and Society
Anthony "Tony" Melone, Verizon
in conversation with Vijay Vaitheeswaran, The Economist
NExTWORK is a one-day, interdisciplinary conference that will feature world-renowned business leaders, technologists, and thinkers exploring the promise and peril of the network's future, as well as the most pressing digital issues and opportunities today.
Anthony Melone is executive vice president and chief technology officer for Verizon Communications, with leadership responsibility for the company's technology roadmap, including product innovation and platform architecture and integrity. Before assuming his current role in late 2010, he was senior vice president and CTO of Verizon Wireless, where he led the transition from 3G to 4G LTE services. Before that, he served as vice president of network operations for Verizon Wireless, managing daily operations as well as quality assurance, implementation of new products and services, and regulatory compliance.
During his tenure, Verizon launched the nation's first wireless broadband wide-area network and implemented such innovative services as V CAST music downloads, IP-based Push-to-Talk, and VZ Navigator for cell phones. In recognition of his many achievements in a career spanning nearly three decades in telecommunications, Melone received the 2010 Villanova University J. Stanley Morehouse Award for outstanding leadership in the engineering profession.
Vijay V. Vaitheeswaran
Vijay V. Vaitheeswaran is an award-winning journalist, author, and public speaker. The Financial Times recently proclaimed him to be “a writer to whom it is worth paying attention.” A 20-year veteran of The Economist, he is currently the magazine’s China business and finance editor. Kirkus Reviews has called Need, Speed, and Greed, Vaitheeswaran’s new book on global innovation, “the perfect primer for the postindustrial age.” He is a life member at the Council on Foreign Relations and advisor to the World Economic Forum. His commentaries have appeared on NPR and the BBC, and in The Wall Street Journal and The New York Times.
Verizon CTO Anthony Malone discusses what he believes the proper role of government is in regulating the wireless communication industry. "I much prefer an environment that allows the competitive marketplace to call the shots," he says.