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Viodi View – 05/19/20

Could Tesla use its skateboard platform to create shared autonomous vehicles?
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It was about a year ago at the SmartDrivingCar Summit when it hit me that Tesla could be considered a vehicle, energy, insurance, and communications company centered around mobility as a service. Then, at CES 2020, it became apparent that extending low-cost Internet to flying vehicles is going to be a necessity when advanced air mobility takes off. Finally, it was the presentation at WEC2020 by CableLabs’ Shahed Mazumder that inspired the following video and article that reinforces how a telecommunications network could be an important part of Tesla’s future.

A Multi-Dimensional Broadband Network or Is This Just Pie in the Sky?

What a Tesla Communications Network might look like if it adds air taxis as part of the mix..
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Could Starlink’s launch later this year signal the creation of a new Internet? That is, could Tesla integrate Starlink satellite terminals into their vehicles, effectively reducing the cost of the equipment, as compared to stand-alone terminals? It is conceivable that the antennas could be integrated into the body of the vehicle (pointed to the heavens, of course). The radio electronics would have to be added to the vehicles, but some of the signal processing might be performed with existing computational power.

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LEO Satellite and More Explained by CableLabs

Shahed Mazumder of CableLabs explains LEO and other wireless opportunities.
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After many variations through the decades, broadband via satellites may leap past the hurdles that have kept it a niche service. To be clear, this doesn’t mean that satellite broadband will be competitive for urban areas, at least initially, but its initial sweet spot is rural areas with up to 75 homes per mile. What makes satellite broadband different from earlier efforts is the mass-production of satellites and the reduced cost of rocket launches that carry those miniature cell towers a couple of hundred miles above the earth.

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Advanced Air Mobility in Rural Areas & Beyond

Anna Dietrich of CAMI and Darrell Swanson of Swanson Aviation Consultancy, Ltd. discuss the future of electric aviation.
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Electric, automated aviation has the potential to transform the world with new forms of low-cost, environmentally-friendlier, and more efficient transportation both for people and goods. In many ways, it is like the dawning of broadband, some 20 plus years ago, when there were hundreds of start-ups inventing technologies and creating ecosystems to usher in a new era. CAMI’s Anna Dietrich, Swanson Aviation’s Darrell Swanson, and ACA Connects’ Matt Polka joined Viodi in a discussion about the potential opportunities that new low-cost and clean air travel could provide to rural America.

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The Future of the Public Roadways in Tweets

The Future of Public Roadway Transit debate.
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Does public transit have a future and, if so, what is in the post-COVID-19 world? Those were a couple of the questions debated at the 2nd Zoom-Tank zoominar on May 18th, 2020. Like episode one, the questions and side dialogue both within the Zoom channel and the YouTube live stream provided interesting insight and questions to complement the vigorous discussion.

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ViodiTV Real-Time Conversation with Thomas Crowell, Friday, May 22nd, 2020

OpenVault: Broadband usage +47% in Q1 2020; Power users are the new normal by Alan Weissberger

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Broadband analytics and solutions firm OpenVault reports that total broadband usage increased 47% in the first quarter (Q1) of 2020, to roughly 402.5 gigabytes per user, versus the year-ago period. As expected this increased use of broadband was largely due to the millions of people subject to “shelter in place” and the resultant data traffic spikes from video/audio streaming and video conferencing.

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Some Tweets and Short Thoughts

The Korner – Resilient Broadband & More in Challenging Times

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When you are 33 feet above sea-level and considered to be the Mount Everest of South Florida, you need a network that can withstand hurricanes and floods. To accommodate this environment, Jeff Leslie and his team built an all-fiber, underground network to keep Treasure Coast businesses connected during natural disasters. As it turns out, ITS Fiber’s network helps businesses, schools, and government stay on track during a pandemic as well.

It was great to catch up with Jeff Leslie, ITS Fiber President & CEO, and Denise Lechner, ITS Fiber Marketing Manager, last Friday. They describe their efforts to ensure all kids in their service territory have access to the Internet. They also talk about the transformative impact that their video conferencing solution has on how they do business and how it is helping their customers as well. Finally, there is a brief comparison between their broadband and the water/sewage pipes.

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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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