This year's keynote session is a clear reminder that wireless data technology is expanding its reach beyond that of an alternative to wireline telephony. We have gathered an exclusive group of business leaders to share how wireless is being integrated into their company's business strategies and what it means for their bottom lines. The presence of these telecom, media and entertainment giants on our center stage is a great indicator of the impact wireless data has made on countless industries
There are a lot of young quarterbacks, but there's not a lot of Dan Marinos out there. There's not a lot of John Elways. I think today's game puts more on a quarterback than on any other player. I don't envy them at all. And it's no wonder that their careers tend to be a lot shorter now than they used to be.
Our industry has been working around-the-clock since before Hurricane Katrina hit land to have the people, assets and materials in place to provide needed telecommunications services to the affected region. The challenges we have met in the form of flooding, power outages and security have been truly unprecedented, but we will continue to devote whatever assets and human resources are needed to bring back telecommunications service as soon as possible. Our valued customers deserve our best effort during this disaster and that is exactly what we are delivering
[Largent also responded to questions that have been raised regarding the continuation of wireless service for affected gulf residents.] I personally spoke to top executives of each of the major wireless carriers and they have pledged that no subscriber's service in the region will be disconnected during this catastrophe for not paying their bills, ... We will continue to work with the FCC and other federal, state and local officials on restoration efforts and look forward to sharing with them the massive effort that we as an industry have undertaken in the gulf region.