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Viodi View – 08/09/23

Wisdom from Pat Thompson as quoted from a March 1987 Nation's Business article.
Wisdom from Pat Thompson as quoted from a March 1987 Nation’s Business article.

Patty Boyer’s comments complimenting Pat Thompson evoke the image of runners passing the baton in an endless race to improve the quality of the rural communications infrastructure. Boyers and Thompson’s connections with others in the industry may be even more impactful than their direct work. Simply, they inspire others to do great things in their respective communities.


Build a BEAD Buffer

Build a buffer is Shelby Pardy’s advice to operators thinking of participating in NTIA’s BEAD (Broadband Equity, Access, and Deployment) program. Pardy, an analyst for Vantage Point Solutions, points out this is more than budgeting extra dollars for inflationary pressures. It means dealing with new rules such as workforce diversity/training, climate resiliency, and sourcing requirements (Build/Buy America).

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Feeling the Energy with Gary Shorman at #TIS22

The bad news is that Viodi missed the 2023 Independent Show. The good news is that this 2022 interview with past NCTC Chair, Gary Shorman, captures the excitement of this in-person event. A big congratulations to Gary for the well-deserved Lifetime Achievement Award presented to him at TIS2023.

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The Next Generation Community Event

Featuring the one and only Woz (Apple co-founder, Steve Wozniak), Paul Bunyan Communications’ GigaZone TechXpo was more than a fun gaming event. It also provided attendees with career-path options, in IT and other technology-centric areas, that they might not otherwise consider. The GigaZone TechXpo represents the kind of involvement that differentiates locally owned and managed ISPs from larger, out-of-town competitors. 

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The Intersection of Community Building & Future Mobility at the Culdesac

Instead of housing cars (parking lots), Culdesac Tempe’s focus is on community and mobility for its residents. Mobility starts with the creation of a walkable neighborhood but includes the integration of technologies and services that allow people to live without owning a car. This could be the start of a new kind of smart community that includes autonomous mobility as a feature.

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Some Tweets and Short Thoughts


The Korner – The Bridge Between the Cable Past & the Broadband Future – #Summit23

Pat Thompson has lived the future. When she was told that “Women don’t do that,” she persisted and became the first woman broker in the still nascent cable television industry. It was an improbable career change for a single mother of three from Montana who had only settled in Colorado a few years earlier with no experience in cable television.

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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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