If you happened to hear Ivan Seidenberg’s keynote speech at Supercomm this morning, you know he spent a good deal of time talking about net neutrality. However, avoiding that wasp’s nest, he also provided some insight on where FiOS is headed. Seidenberg was enthusiastic about progress on the interactive TV front, citing Verizon’s multi-room DVR service, interactive media guide, and growing library of widgets. He also mentioned something I haven’t heard before, namely that Verizon will soon offer a software development kit (SDK) for developers who want to create new applications for the FiOS TV platform. This goes along the lines of what Verizon is promoting on its wireless side, i.e. aggressive app store development. It’s hard to know how quickly the TV app world will move forward, but certainly Verizon has shown a great willingness to push the TV envelope over the last couple of years. (New Mac support for FiOS Media Manager came out yesterday.)
Seidenberg also dropped some interesting stats during his speech, including the nugget that the cost of a broadband connection has halved since 2001. Lower cost means greater penetration, and that leads to new opportunities (loftily proclaimed by the Verizon CEO) in the smart grid arena, the medical field, and beyond.