December 31, 2000

Vinton G. Cerf, senior vice president of Internet Architecture and Technology for WorldCom, will deliver the keynote address on the "The Future of Technology" at the Technology Luncheon on Wednesday, April 25 at the NAB2001 convention in Las Vegas.

Widely known as a "Father of the Internet," Cerf is the co-designer of the TCP/IP protocols and the architecture of the Internet. In December 1997, President Clinton presented the U.S. National Medal of Technology to Cerf and his partner, Robert E. Kahn, for founding and developing the Internet.

Cerf’s team of architects and engineers design advanced Internet frameworks for delivering a combination of data, information, voice and video services for business and consumer use.

Prior to rejoining MCI in 1994, Cerf was vice president of the Corporation for National Research Initiatives (CNRI). As vice president of MCI Digital Information Services from 1982-1986, he led the engineering of MCI Mail, the first commercial email service to be connected to the Internet.

During his tenure from 1976-1982 with the U.S. Department of Defense’s Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), Cerf played a key role leading the development of Internet and Internet-related data packet and security technologies.

Cerf served as founding president of the Internet Society from 1992-1995 and in 1999 served a term as chairman of the Board. He also served as founding chairman of the newly created Internet Societal Task Force that focuses on making the Internet accessible to everyone and analyzing international, national and local policies surrounding Internet use. Cerf has served as a member of the U.S. Presidential Information Technology Advisory Committee (PITAC) since 1997.

For more information at http://www.nab.org .

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