Over the past couple of years I have hosted several video interviews on topics ranging from carrier hotels and undersea cables to Ethernet transport and voice and VoIP peering.
Recently my interview with Jim Castagna of Verzion from the June 2008 Voice Peering Forum was posted. Jim is one of the smartest people I have met and had the pleasure of discussing voice interconnection with. Given that he is with Verizon implies that he would have a broad knowledge of such things, but it is that he IS with Verizon and knows of such things that I find so fascinating.
Verizon (and any incumbent really) has a lot of legacy network, process and revenue tied to it and for that reason it may be thought that they do not have the will, ability, or desire to be involved with the cutting edge, or facilitating change. That may be true in some situations, but apparently not for Verzion. The truth is that they are large and move slowly with certain things, but they do move and are quite aware of what is going on around them.
Jim knows a great deal about voice peering and interconnection as is evidenced by the interview. It will be interesting to see how everything turns out over the next couple of years in this arena.