Viodi View

Viodi View – 06/16/23

Imagine a device that every pediatrician would have that could detect development issues in a 2-year-old. Or imagine a machine that trains a batter how to read the ball leaving a pitcher’s hand. Finally, imagine focusing on the fine print of a sign using superhuman, Steve Austin-like vision. These are some initial thoughts on how clever developers will add value to the recently-announced Apple Vision Pro and, hopefully, make us better, stronger, and faster.

Multiple images of Michele Lee of Cruise entering and exiting Cruise's Origin autonomous, electric vehicle.
Multiple images of Michele Lee of Cruise entering and exiting Cruise’s Origin autonomous, electric vehicle.

A Driverless Contest for Mid-Size Cities

SmartDrivingCars and Princeton Professor Dr. Alain Kornhauser encouraged me to publish an anecdote about one person’s #travel challenges. That anecdote reminded me of Michele Lee questioning whether she could even travel to Kornhauser’s house. It led back to the 9-year-old idea that driverless operators, like Cruise and Waymo, should emulate Google Fiber & hold a contest to find welcoming communities to launch their respective services.

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Vantage Point – Helping Build Better Broadband & Better Lives in Rural Uganda

What sets NTCA members apart is their commitment to service and to their communities. Mirroring its NTCA member customers, several of Vantage Point’s staff have undertaken Herculean efforts to bring connectivity to an area where reliable electricity is still a luxury. A few of those staff members were at NTCA’s 2023 RTIME and provide an overview of their takeaways and learnings from their many trips to rural Uganda.

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Business as Usual = Excellent 2023 ACA Connects Summit

That it was business as usual may have been the biggest testament to the success of the 2023 ACA Connects Summit. After a pause of the live event for the past few years and a change in leadership, a hiccup or two wouldn’t have been surprising for this annual education event organized by ACA Connects. From an outsider’s view, it went off without a hitch and was as valuable as ever for attendees.

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Silver Star Gains a Broadband Gem in the Treasure Valley

Customers in the Boise metropolitan area, also known as the Treasure Valley, will soon have another option for symmetric gigabit and higher-speed connections to the Internet. Silver Star Communications’ acquisition of Cambridge Telephone Company’s Meridian, Idaho-based, CLEC operations, known as CTC Telecom (CTC), opens the western part of Idaho to this Wyoming-based provider. Ada County, home to two of Idaho’s largest cities, added 23,943 people in the two-year period ending in 2022, according to the Boise Dev.

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Some Tweets and Short Thoughts

The Korner – Bionic Worker = Safer Workplace

“We’ve had customers who have said they can now go home and play with their kids,” exclaims Meghan Kennelly, Head of Global Marketing for German Bionic. This improvement in the quality of life is thanks to a German Bionic exoskeleton. The exoskeleton is a human-worn sensor that provides real-time data to improve workforce safety, efficiency, and productivity. It is kind of a Steve Austin augmentation for the workplace.

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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