Tom Brokaw To Kick Off 23rd Annual Comnet Conference & Expo

FRAMINGHAM, MA – JANUARY 17, 2001 – COMNET Conference & Expo, the premier event for companies building business value through intelligent networks, announced today that Tom Brokaw, anchor and managing editor of NBC’s nightly news broadcast, will deliver the keynote speech to open this largest annual technology event in Washington, D.C.


Mr. Brokaw has traveled worldwide to cover elections, summits and major news events since 1974. His broadcasts are known for their in-depth analysis of important economic, political, and social issues. An acclaimed political reporter, he has covered every U.S. presidential election for NBC since 1968.

He is anchor of InterNight, a one-hour prime-time talk and interview show on MSNBC, and has also played an active role in many NBC News prime-time specials on a wide range of topics, including an extensive interview with Microsoft mogul Bill Gates. A nationally acclaimed author, Mr. Brokaw wrote one of the best-selling books in 1998, The Greatest Generation, which honors those from the Great Depression and WWII who went on to build modern America.

Mr. Brokaw joins two executives of leading telecommunications/networking companies, who also will address COMNET attendees. Clarence J. Chandran, chief operating officer of Nortel Networks Corporation, will speak on January 31, and Dennis F. Strigl, president and chief executive officer of Verizon Wireless, will speak on February 1.

"We are thrilled that Tom Brokaw will share his perspective as a respected broadcast journalist on the events that are shaping the telecommunications and networking industries in the new millennium," said Charlie Greco, president and CEO of IDG World Expo. "We are confident that he will provide valuable insights drawn from his years of experience in covering both the political and business arenas."

Companies sponsoring COMNET Conference & Expo are Aura Networks, Catena Networks, Crescent Networks, Tellabs, Top Layer, Rapid5 Networks, Sedona Networks, Performance Technologies, Inc. and Sprint.


COMNET, produced by IDG World Expo, is the premier conference and expo for companies building business value through intelligent networks. In 2000, more than 450 manufacturers and suppliers of networking and communications hardware, software, services and solutions participated in COMNET. COMNET attracts top executives, planners, builders and buyers of communications networks, both public and private. COMNET – Building Business Value Through Intelligent Networks – will be held January 29 – February 1, 2001 in the Washington D.C. Convention Center. COMNET information is available at or by calling toll free 1-866-COMNETX (1-866-266-6389).

About IDG World Expo

IDG World Expo ( produces world-class tradeshows, conferences, and events for emerging IT markets around the globe. As the leading IT event management company, IDG World Expo leverages its unsurpassed experience and knowledge of IT-focused events and conferences, enabling technology companies to capture the attention and loyalty of influential buyers. IDG World Expo's portfolio of conferences and events includes ASPWorld Conference & Expo, COMNET Conference & Expo, Internet Commerce Expo (ICe), LinuxWorld Conference & Expo, Macworld Conference & Expo and Internet Entertainment Expo (IEX). IDG World Expo is a subsidiary of International Data Group (IDG), the leading global provider of IT media, research, conferences and expositions.

About IDG

IDG publishes more than 300 magazines and newspapers and 4,000 book titles. IDG offers online users the largest network of technology-specific sites around the world through (), which comprises more than 270 targeted web sites in 70 countries. IDG is also a leading producer of 168 computer-related expositions worldwide and provides IT market analysis through 50 offices in 43 countries. Company information is available at

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