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Viodi View – 05/18/23

Rural broadband operators do more than connect homes to the Internet. They inherently bring together communities. In this issue of the Viodi, we feature interviews with two geographically distinct broadband operators and how they are improving the communities they serve in ways that go beyond broadband.

A Miracle League on the Home Field

Baseball is a sport like no other. In a world of non-stop distractions, it hearkens back to a simpler time. It is an individual sport, but it takes a team to win. It is slow with flashes of speed and agility. It is a challenging sport to master.

Unfortunately, many do not have the chance to even attempt to master it, because of physical or other challenges. For the kids living in Berkeley County, South Carolina who otherwise would have been shut out of baseball, Moncks Corner Home Telecom Miracle Field is giving everyone a chance to participate in America’s Pastime.

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21st Century Training for the Broadband Workforce

Northwood Technical College in Wisconsin is working to address broadband workforce development challenges in rural communities by developing an innovative online training program in partnership with NTCA – The Rural Broadband Association. Northwood Tech’s Broadband Academy is self-paced and open-ended so that students can learn on their own timeline, wherever convenient. It is the partnership with broadband service providers that makes this program unique.

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Extending NCTC’s Reach with Reach and More

The National Cable Television Cooperative (NCTC) recently announced a series of deals that will enable its members to become Mobile Virtual Network Operators (MVNOs). Beyond the headlines, these deals will not only be beneficial to its members but promise to help NCTC, in the words of Lou Borelli, “Create a more diversified, sustainable revenue stream.” Note, Google’s Bard assisted as an editor on the article associated with this interview).

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The Hidden, Low-Cost Radar that Sees Near and Far

The sensor as part of the bumper, much the way skin on a human both protects and feels, is the concept behind what Plastic Omnium calls 4D Imaging radar. Developed in partnership with Greenerwave, Plastic Omnium’s approach promises greater resolution, at lower cost, while avoiding styling compromises often associated with traditional automobile sensors.

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Some Tweets and Short Thoughts

Tom Pyle revealing his alter ego, Buster Bronco, upon graduation from Boise State University.

The Korner – An Opening Conversation about a New Kind of Open Access Network

Images from Jackson and Freedom, Wyoming that were captured as part of a video interview with Silver Star Communications' Allen Hoopes.

Jackson, Wyoming will soon be home to an open-access, fiber-to-the-home network (OAN) with a twist. What makes this network, SilverLight, unique is that is privately owned and operated, allowing the citizens of Jackson to receive the benefits of the OAN approach, without the risks of a publicly-built network.

As Silver Star Communications CEO and Chairman, Allen Hoopes, describes, the Silver Star team sees the private OAN approach, embodied in their SilverLight effort, as an opportunity to work with rural communities desperate for broadband access. 

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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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