Former Verizon CEO: Apple’s move into Internet TV evinces a new world without walls

“There is no longer a ‘telecom’ industry, according to former Verizon Communications chairman and CEO Ivan Seidenberg, who says ‘the walls between telecom, technology, media and entertainment have collapsed,’ as evidenced by Apple’s expected jump into Web TV,” Reinhardt Krause reports for Investor’s Business Daily. “‘All worlds have converged,’ said Seidenberg, now an advisory partner at financial services firm Perella Weinberg Partners.”

“‘The world without walls is now producing the kinds of combinations that were once just a futurist’s fantasy: Apple moving into the TV business, Google jumping into mobile, broadband and media, Verizon combining with AOL and, of course, Comcast merging with NBCUniversal,'” said Seidenberg in an article written for PWP,” Krause reports.

“Seidenberg’s legacy includes building out Verizon’s ‘FiOS’ fiber-optic network, taking on cable TV firms with video and broadband services,” Krause reports. “One of Seidenberg’s questionable decisions involved negotiations with Apple over the iPhone. AT&T became the first wireless firm to sell the iPhone in 2007, giving AT&T a major boost.”

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MacDailyNews Take:

The over-all point is that new technology will not necessarily replace old technology, but it will date it. By definition. Eventually, it will replace it. But it’s like people who had black-and-white TVs when color came out. They eventually decided whether or not the new technology was worth the investment. — Steve Jobs


  1. I still remember what the Curtis Mathes salesman said to get my father to buy his first color TV. The salesman wanted to show us the new color TV’s when my father said we don’t need a color TV. Without missing a beat, the salesman turned around and walked to the B&W sets and said… ‘If you are used to hamburger, steak is not that great’.

    That is all he said but it was exactly what my father needed to hear. That night we watches color TV for the first time (and probably ate hamburgers).

    We know who has the steak in the Verizon vs Apple story. Question is… how many of the others are serving us hamburger.

  2. AT&T became the first wireless firm to sell the iPhone in 2007, giving AT&T a major boost.

    Technically, it was Cingular who were the first to sell the iPhone. AT&T sold itself off to Cingular, who then adopted the AT&T brand name.

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