John Edwards and Fred Thompson have been added at the last minute to CTIA Wireless’ list of keynote speakers. The two former presidential candidates, both of whom flamed out in their separate nominating contests, will impart their wisdom on the wireless industry on Day 3. Perhaps that’s some incentive not to book the early flight out of Vegas next Thursday.
What, I wonder, are these two going to talk about? How they would have shaped wireless communications and spectrum policy if they had become President? What industry legislation would they have passed if they hadn’t given up their respective seats in the U.S. Senate? Maybe they’ll discuss how wireless technologies aided their campaigns on the trial. If that’s the case, then wireless didn’t prove to be all that successful as an electioneering aid. Maybe they’ll talk about how they would have won if they had only used more wireless technology.
Also of interest on the keynotes. We may have our first cancellation. Simon Beresford-Wylie, the CEO of Nokia Siemens, seems to have disappeared from Wednesday’s infrastructure panel. Not to fear, there are still three other vendors to spread the LTE love with Verizon Wireless CEO Lowell McAdam. It’s a long way from Finland, so Beresford-Wylie has a much better excuse than former Motorola CEO Ed Zander when he skipped out on his keynote last year–right before a major Moto profit warning.