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Viodi View – 10/15/22

The pains of travel are more than rewarded with the human connection it makes possible. From CES to the Smart Driving Car Summit to the Independent Show, this issue features some of those connections. And speaking of ConneXions, look for Viodi at Calix’s must-see event starting tomorrow and going through Tuesday.

Reunion of the Work Family – #TIS22

“It is great to be back here,” says ACA Connects EVP & COO, John Higginbotham. Likening the Independent Show 2022 to a work family reunion, he describes the magic of being with and catching up with colleagues and friends from all parts of the country. Having been an attendee from the operator side of the business for many years, this was Higginbotham’s first-time as a staffer at this annual conference.

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Removing Roadblocks for Others – Stephen Still

Stephen Still’s memorial to Heyward Patterson at the 5th Annual SmartDrivingCars Summit provided a tragic example of why better mobility options are needed for people in countless neighborhoods and regions of the U.S. The challenge of improving mobility for the citizens of Buffalo and beyond is something that the Stephen Still Institute for Sustainable Transportation and Logistics has been tackling since its 2017 inception.

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The Long Run to Autonomous Vehicles

Autonomous vehicles (AV) provide the opportunity to correct government transportation failures is how the Brookings Institution’s Clifford Winston characterized the potential opportunity provided by autonomous vehicles. Winston spoke to the possible economic impact of autonomous vehicles in an online media briefing (YouTube video) that also included speakers from Princeton and the Reason Foundation who touched on the technology and the role of public policy and regulation. The discussion is reminiscent of the early days of the Internet.

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Whisk Over the Traffic Jams & Beyond

With what seems like daily announcements about electric aviation, particularly electric vertical take-off and landing (eVTOL), it is easy to believe that we are at the peak of inflated expectations for this mode of travel. In the meantime, there are thousands of smart people from credible organizations working on the nuts and bolts to make travel by air more ubiquitous, sustainable, and affordable. This brief post looks at one such effort and how it could impact everything from the city core to the rural edge.

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Some Tweets and Short Thoughts

The Korner – Detect with Pee Tech – #CES2022

As can be seen in the background shots of Viodi’s interview with Guy Goldman, Olive Diagnostics takes a lighthearted approach to marketing their especially important product. Make no mistake, they are serious about helping people easily monitor health data to stay healthy. Their smart toilet attachment should be of particular interest to those in rural areas and has the potential to be part of a broadband service provider bundle.

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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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