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Globalcomm 2006 Master Class: Discuss the future of telecom services with leading service provider and enterprise executives

NEW YORK, May 22, 2006Light Reading and the Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA) announced today that Steve Daigle, Vice President of Product and Sales Development at Looking Glass Networks, Don MacNeil, Executive Director of Carrier Sales at XO Communications, and Jim Brinksma, Vice President of Network Products & Strategy at Goldman Sachs, will participate in a roundtable discussion in the final installment of the GLOBALCOMM 2006 Master Class Series on May 23.

Join the analysts and editors of Light Reading and Heavy Reading for a walk through what leading service providers and enterprises are doing on the infrastructure, service, and customer fronts as the next generation of telecom services are rolled out. The series provides a preview of the critical industry issues to be covered at GLOBALCOMM 2006, June 4-8 in Chicago.

The GLOBALCOMM 2006 Master Class Series was created to help the industry understand how carriers are rising to the challenge of migrating their underlying physical and service infrastructures to meet the demands of the next-generation IP network. Each Master Class features a speaker from a leading service provider and enterprise on a topic vital to the industry, explaining how his or her organization will address this particular challenge.

Rick Thompson, Heavy Reading Senior Analyst, will moderate the roundtable session at this GLOBALCOMM 2006 Master Class at 6:00 p.m. on May 23 in the Broadway Ballroom, Level 3, of the Westin Times Square in New York City.

A question-and-answer session will follow the roundtable discussion. Drinks and hors d'oeuvres will be served until 8:30 p.m.

Join us Tuesday, May 23, at 6 p.m. Registration is free for press and analysts.

Register today! www.lightreading.com/live/masterclass

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About Light Reading
Reaching a core audience of more than 917,000 enterprise IT managers and executives, Light Reading Inc. publishes www.lightreading.com, the leading global content site for the telecom industry; www.byteandswitch.com, a storage networking site; www.unstrung.com, dedicated to wireless networking; and www.darkreading.com, an IT security site. Light Reading is also affiliated with www.heavyreading.com, a market research site offering quantitative analysis of telecom technology to carriers, service providers, and vendors. Light Reading was acquired by United Business Media in August 2005, and operates as a unit of CMP Technology.

About Heavy Reading
Heavy Reading is an independent market research organization offering quantitative analysis of telecom technology to service providers, vendors, and investors. Its mandate is to provide the comprehensive competitive analysis needed today for the deployment of profitable networks based on next-generation hardware and software.

About TIA
TIA (www.tiaonline.org) is the leading trade association for the information and communications technology (ICT) industry. As owner and producer of GLOBALCOMM, TIA serves ICT suppliers serving global service provider and enterprise customers through its leadership in standards development, domestic and international policy advocacy, and facilitating member business opportunities. TIA represents the communications sector of the Electronic Industries Alliance.

About GLOBALCOMM
GLOBALCOMM (www.globalcomm2006.com) is a trademark of the Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA). The Next-Generation Communications Marketplace and Summit will take place June 4–8, 2006, at McCormick Place in Chicago.

About CMP Technology
CMP Technology (www.cmp.com) is a marketing solutions company serving the technology industry. Through its market-leading portfolio of trusted information brands, CMP has earned the confidence of more technology professionals than any other media company. As a result, CMP is the premier provider of access, insight and actionable programs designed to connect sellers and buyers in ways that yield superior return on investment. CMP Technology is a subsidiary of United Business Media (www.unitedbusinessmedia.com), a global provider of news distribution and specialist information services with a market capitalization of more than $3 billion.

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