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Viodi View – 02/17/17

Bridging Silicon Valley and the Heartland

An ONT is pictured in a collage with Levi stadium in the background.
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At the end of last month, in one of his first announcements as the new FCC Chairman, Ajit Pai, made a call for nominations for a new advisory committee. The aim of the Broadband Deployment Advisory Committee is to “provide advice and recommendations to the Commission on how to accelerate the deployment of high-speed Internet access.” The deadline for nominations was this past Wednesday and yours truly filed an application.

My many travels and discussions with the many members of the Viodi View audience and beyond convinced me that it was worth applying if for no other reason than to have another opportunity to tell the stories of people who have brought broadband to locales that otherwise might still be on dial-up. It was also chance to advance an idea that could encourage a grassroots approach to building out broadband, while helping to stretch limited federal dollars.

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Intelligence in Devices and Cars Driving Bandwidth #CES2017

John Abel discusses the broadband event at CES 2017.
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Big data, IoT and 5G were three of the highlighted technologies at Broadband Deluxe, presented by Team Lightbulb at International CES2017. John Abel of Team Lightbulb discusses how these different, but complementary, technologies are going to play a huge role in creating an intelligent transportation system. Abel points out, that, with mesh configurations the cars could be part of the network itself and that ITS will drive massive amounts of bandwidth demands.

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Shape-shifting Network Hardware #CNV2016

Netcope demonstrated at CNV2016.
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A knock against software defined hardware using “white-box” CPUs is its performance compared to purpose-built hardware that incorporates ASICs or FPGAs (Field Programmable Gate Arrays). ASICs (Application Specific Integrated Circuits) perform, but cannot adapt as needed. FPGAs provide flexibility, but programming in VHDL isn’t a skill of the typical IT network administrator. Enter Netcope Technologies and their demonstration of their P4 to VHDL compiler and Netcope FPGA (PCI Express) Board (NFB) that plugs into commodity PC hardware.

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The Korner – The Instant Electric Fill-Up #CES2017

A robotic system from Atmo to enable 30 second battery changes in electric vehicles.
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One of the hurdles to the mass adoption of electric vehicles is the time it takes to recharge the batteries. Simply, even the fastest charge doesn’t compare to the refuel time of an internal combustion powered vehicle. Atmo Auto Power aims to change that with its robotic battery changing platform and demonstrated a working full-scale prototype of that platform at International CES 2017.

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Author Ken Pyle, Managing Editor

By Ken Pyle, Managing Editor

Ken Pyle is Marketing Director for the Broadband Forum. The mission of this 25+-year-old non-profit “is to unlock the potential for new markets and profitable revenue growth by leveraging new technologies and standards in the home, intelligent small business, and multi-user infrastructure of the broadband network.”

He is also co-founder of Viodi, LLC and Managing Editor of the Viodi View, a publication focused on the rural broadband ecosystem, autonomous vehicles, and electric aviation. He has edited and produced numerous multimedia projects for NTCA, US Telecom and Viodi. Pyle is the producer of Viodi’s Local Content Workshop, the Video Production Crash Course at NAB, as well as ViodiTV. He has been intimately involved in Viodi’s consulting projects and has created processes for clients to use for their PPV and VOD operations, as well authored reports on the independent telco market.

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