Note: The Skinny blog is written by Rick Smith, editor and co-founder of Local Tech Wire and business editor of

RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, N.C. – Apple’s Monday is another major milestone in the world’s march toward universal high-speed wireless applications. And Local Tech Wire is bringing you the chance to be fully briefed about the rapidly changing, increasingly faster mobile business.

On June 15, LTW’s Executive Exchange event is all about 4G –the next generation of wireless which offers the promise of true broadband speeds to go.

We’re calling the event “4G: The next generation in wireless and you.”

And we’ve added another speaker to an already strong lineup.

Mike Parker, director of data for the Carolinas and Tennessee at Verizon Wireless, will talk about the company’s wireless strategy.

We’re also looking to add a couple other speakers as well.

Apple’s iPhone 4 won’t operate at 4G speeds – yet – but AT&T Wireless is upgrading its 3G network. Sprint rolled out its first 4G phone – the EVO – on Friday.

Why should Triangle executives be interested in faster wireless? Well, mobile broadband is the next tsunami, and the Triangle is one of the first places in the U.S. to draw 4G deployments.

Plus, much of the 4G wireless research and development and deployment – from software applications to the towers and transmitters providing the backhaul – is taking place in our own neighborhood.

Other members of our panel for the Executive Exchange event include:

• Vince Lesch, chief technology officer at Tekelec

• Michael Miess, vice president of wireless at Time Warner Cable

• Paul Levering, chief executive officer of VoIP communications services provider FeatureTel

• Sam Matheny, general manager of Capitol Broadcasting’s News Over Wireless

Tekelec is one of the world leaders in providing the infrastructure that enables wireless users to “surf, talk, and text,” as the company says.

Time Warner Cable’s wireless offering is designed to deliver broadband power to mobile devices.

FeatureTel, meanwhile, is rolling out mobile applications for use of VoIP.

And News Over Wireless is enabling TV stations across the country to deliver video news on the go.

The Skinny (that’s me) will moderate the discussion and present an overview of 4G.

The program begins with registration and networking at 11:30 followed by lunch and the panel presentation.

Don’t miss this opportunity to catch the next wave.

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