Location: New York City, NY
Why it's so cutting-edge: We are not talking about Verizon as a whole here. Verizon Business, the former MCI, has been pressing forward in every direction, literally and figuratively. It recently made a major push into India, joined the active undersea cable market, led the charge toward 100 Gbps transport, carried the torch for corporate enterprise network security, pushed virtualization services and it even went green. There's probably more, but we don't have time.
But can it keep its edge? Companies like BT, Orange and Reliance Globalcom are pushing into the U.S., carriers like Cogent and XO are aggressive with Ethernet, but Verizon Business seems to be keeping pace with all of them.