Verizon has announced that CEO Lowell McAdam will not be able to attend the keynote address his company was planning for the show because of a scheduling conflict. They are working on getting his replacement but have not issued a statement as to who that would be.
McAdam has been a fixture at CES for Verizon and his absence raises many questions. Is CES losing it's lustre and are companies beginning to slowly pull away from it? Microsoft has already announced this will be it's last year there. Perhaps it's nothing more than companies wanting to hold their own conventions similar to the way Apple announces product. The questions remain.