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Viodi View – 07/10/21

Bridging the Access and Adoption Gaps

One takeaway from the recent ACA Connects’ webinar is whatever the final form of the infrastructure bill, there probably will not be enough funding to bring broadband everywhere. Adoption of broadband for those who either can’t afford it or don’t see a use for it may prove to be as large a challenge as access.  It points to the need for creative solutions that leverage limited dollars.

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Broadband Built Block-by-Block by Blockchain – Part 1 – Helium & LoRaWAN

If broadband adds thousands of dollars to a home’s value, then why not unlock that value to help pay for the last-mile network? Some of the biggest challenges in creating such a grassroots network are organizing one’s neighbors, obtaining rights-of-way, and managing the network. Blockchain, of all things, might be the basis of a solution that removes much of the management overhead required to operate an ISP.

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Augmenting the Human Worker with Cobots byAlan Weissberger

A collaborative robot, or cobot, is a type of robot intended to physically interact with humans in a shared workspace, be that an office or the factory floor. Collaborative robots are experiencing rapid market growth in this sector of the robotics industry. The primary driving force behind this growth is a consistently decreasing price. While traditional industrial robots are primarily used for tasks that are impossible or difficult for humans to perform, cobots are mainly used for tasks that can and are performed by human workers.

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NASA RAM Report – The Foundation for a Rural Air Revival

As with so many of the developments in telecom and broadband, rural areas may provide the proving ground for the next generation of air travel. This is one of the important implications of NASA’s recently issued report, Regional Air Mobility (RAM). NASA. In short, the report shows how the nation’s existing 5,000 airfields provide a launching point for low-cost electric aviation.

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Some Tweets and Short Thoughts

The Korner – Distributed Electric Aviation – a New Model of Intercommunity Connection

Electric aviation is more than just cleaner and quieter skies. It has the potential to be a catalyst for both the revitalization of rural towns and outmigration from urban areas. These are a couple of the implications of the recent report, Distributed Aviation – A New Economic Model for Electric Aviation, from the United Kingdom-based, Advanced Air Mobility Group.

One of the contributors to that report, Darrell Swanson of the Swanson Aviation Consultancy, suggests that for this to be truly game-changing

“It cannot be just something for high net worth individuals. The costs need to be reduced to bring it to the masses.”

Swanson, a long-time aviation industry consultant and visionary, brings an informed perspective as to the impact of electric flight.

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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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