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Viodi View – 09/14/23

“You were paying careful attention,” says ACA Connects CEO, Grant Spellmeyer in yesterday’s House Energy and Commerce’s Communications and Technology Energy Subcommittee hearing. Spellmeyer statement was in response to Representative Diana Harshbarger’s (R-TN) summary of the hearing that “price transparency & more freedom of choice is needed in the video market.”

In addition to Spellmeyer, representatives from NAB, FuboTV, and Consumer Reports testified regarding the video market in this aptly named Lights, Camera, Subscriptions: State of the Video Marketplace. There were common pain points, such as recent blackouts, that span party lines. Perhaps these pain points represent a place of common ground that will trigger an update of last-century cable television legislation to reflect today’s broadband reality.

A Future Enabled by Fiber – #FiberConnect2023

“If you think about the future of education, and the metaverse, quantum networking, all this future is enabled by fiber,” states Gary Bolton, President and CEO of the Fiber Broadband Association. Speaking at Fiber Connect 2023, Bolton points out that this is a special moment as various groups unite to bring fiber everywhere and to everyone.

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Fiber’s Sustainable Advantage – #Fiberconnect2023

Whether economic or environmental, sustainability is center stage as it relates to broadband deployments, particularly those that receive federal monies. The challenge is to balance the drive to bridge the digital divide while managing the accompanying energy consumption that this entails. At Fiber Connect 2023, OMDIA’s Julie Kunstler summarizes the track she led on sustainability.

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Broadband as a Lifestyle Service – #FiberConnect2023

Workforce training is a subject of immense importance in the nationwide buildout of fiber-to-the-home networks as evidenced by its prominence as a topic at the recent Fiber Connect 2023 conference. Craig Thomas, VP of Business Development, and Strategic Marketing for the Broadband Forum, emphasizes the breadth and depth of opportunities available that go beyond the construction of the network in this interview from Fiber Connect 2023.

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There’s a Place for You – Women in Fiber at #FiberConnect2023

“There’s a place for you,” states Alexa Edens, U.S. Industry Committee Chair for Women in Fiber. Edens, who is also Senior Director of Cloud Strategy and Business Development for KGPCo, explains that the fiber optics industry has a variety of jobs for women of all skills and interests. Part of the purpose of the Women in Fiber organization is to spread the word about the opportunities that are available. Another aim of the Women in Fiber group is to provide mentorship, points out Teresa McGaughey, AVP of Field and Segment Marketing for Calix. 

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Some Tweets and Short Thoughts

The Korner – The Invisible Factory Enabled by the PRTC FTTH Network – #SRCLIVE

The focus of FOCUS is economic development in the five-county area that PRTC (The People’s Fiber Network) also serves with a state-of-the-art, all-fiber optic network. Thanks to that network, PRTC is recognized as an NTCA Smart Rural Community. This southeastern Kentucky-based non-profit and cooperative communications provider, respectively, “Envision Rural”, as FOCUS’ tagline indicates.

That is, they are inviting people outside the region to imagine what the region could be for them and how the area’s assets could make that vision a reality.

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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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