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Viodi View – 03/31/21

The conversion of supply chains to supply webs was the theme of a recent Wall Street Journal article by the ever-insightful Christopher Mims. The premise that companies that rely on single points of failure are vulnerable to outside events applies to the telecom world. From a national security perspective, competition in the last-mile network provides a level of redundancy that could be considered a type of insurance policy when disaster strikes.

A New Horizon of Midwestern Connectivity via FTTH

Horizon Telecom is creating a more robust last-mile in many rural communities throughout Ohio. In a recent interview, Jim Capuano, CEO for Horizon, and Misty Tuttle, General Manager of Business Operations for Horizon, echo the words of retired Horizon executive John Wilson at the 2002 TelcoTV. Horizon’s expansion of its fiber backhaul network to multiple states and the addition of multiple underserved, Fiber-to-the-home communities beyond their incumbent service territory is exactly the kind of boldness Wilson recommended.

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An Updated Perspective on Public-Private Broadband Partnerships

Public-private broadband partnerships can be a win-win for under and unserved communities and for incumbent providers wishing to extend their service beyond their existing footprint, according to Dave Fridley of FARR Technologies. He expands upon his recent presentation at the MTA’s 2022 Convention and Conference, where he spoke about the opportunities for incumbents to partner with municipal entities. 

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Coordinating Robots Across Town and Across Country

Don’t let the name deceive you, the URF (Urban Robotics Foundation) is about helping the people who will be sharing their roads, lanes, and sidewalks with the autonomous carriers of bodies and boxes. It also isn’t strictly urban, as URF founder, Bern Grush, sees opportunities for delivery robots and social agent robots to enhance and make small towns more attractive.

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Sleep Better #CES2022

A good night’s sleep makes all the difference in the world. It’s not just your mother saying this, but science says so as well. SleepScore Labs makes tracking and understanding one’s sleep performance easy with their smartphone app, SleepScore. Colin Lawlor, CEO of SleepScore Labs, speaks of the health benefits of a good night’s sleep, as well the importance of understanding one’s sleep score.

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Some Tweets and Short Thoughts

  • Electric Flight Taking Off Again at TVF 22 – the link to this interview with the Vertical Flight Society’s Jim Sherman should have been in the February issue of the Viodi View. Electric aviation continues down its path to commercialization and it will have a big impact on rural areas, as evidenced by FedEx and Elroy Air’s recent announcement about their plans to test Elroy Air’s cargo plane for middle-mile logistics operations.
  • The COLTS in this video are not horsing around. Great overview showing how ITS is testing the impact of C-Band 5G on radar altimeter receivers. Looking forward to seeing the analysis.
  • Check out the recent IEEE ComSoc panel (YouTube) on the challenges and opportunities of Open RAN and 5G, featuring representatives from Nokia, Mavenir, Intel. EdgeQ, and StrandConsult. Moderated by Alan Weissberger, it is well worth the time.
  • June 2nd – June 4th – Princeton Professor Kornhauser is spearheading probably the first autonomous mobility festival, which will be co-located in Princeton and Trenton, NJ. This event is part of his CARTS initiative to substantially improve the quality of life of those who don’t have the privilege of good mobility.

The Korner – A Bike Points the Way to a New Way of Manufacturing

As the world’s first 3D-printed unibody carbon fiber composite bike, the Superstrata is an important pointer to the commercialization of the concept of mass customization. The Superstrata is a demonstration of what AREVO’s 3D printing technology can do.

AREVO’s 3D printing also points to the idea that manufacturing can be closer to the customer in that the basic raw material is carbon fiber reinforced thermoplastics. This distributed manufacturing approach means that components are printed locally, instead of shipping from centralized factories. This could make for more efficient supply chains 

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Author Ken Pyle, Managing Editor

By Ken Pyle, Managing Editor

Ken Pyle is co-founder of Viodi, LLC and Managing Editor of the Viodi View, a publication focused on independent telcos’ efforts to offer video to their customers. 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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