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NetWorld+Interop: Reporter's Notebook

The Merchant And The King
A NetWorld+Interop conference executive laid on the praise pretty thick yesterday when he introduced Lucent Technologies CEO Richard McGinn's keynote, saying that Lucent is "building the network for the world of tomorrow" and calling McGinn "a speed merchant in the communications age." McGinn, wryly noting the obsequiousness, opened his remarks with, "I'd like to borrow your comments so I can articulate our new value proposition." He then looked around at the packed ballroom and said, "This has become the networking equivalent of Graceland, I see." Pause. "With no sighting of the King."

Who's In Charge?
If the Nortel Networks keynote at NetWorld+Interop indicated anything, CEO John Roth and president David House are going to share power in the newly merged company pretty evenly. They shared the stage at least, trading remarks in a fashion that seemed a little awkward as one stood silently while the other one spoke. Roth, who had previously headed Nortel, may have a higher title than House, who had previously headed Bay Networks; but as they flipped through their presentation, House wielded what in many relationships has become the ultimate symbol of power: he held the remote control.

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Quotes of Note:

"As you listened to me in the last minute and a half, 5 million E-mails were sent--many of them within the Justice Department."
--Lucent Technologies CEO Richard McGinn

"If data users were less forgiving, the Internet wouldn't have evolved as rapidly as it has."
--McGinn, referring to the unpredictability of data networks compared to voice networks.

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