The Broadband Bunch

The Broadband Bunch

Welcome to the Broadband Bunch, a podcast about broadband and how it impacts all of us. Join us to learn about the state of the industry and the latest innovation and trends. Connect with the thought leaders, pioneers and policy makers helping to shape your future through broadband. The Broadband Bunch is brought to you by: ETI Software: www.etisoftware.com The Fiber Broadband Association: www.fiberbroadband.org/... Show More

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In this episode, we meet Grizzly Broadband co-founder and CEO Jason Pond. Jason shares some of the lessons he's learned over his two decades in the wireless internet service provider industry. We explore some of the challenges he's faced including permitting and FCC policy changes. He tells us about new fiber to the premise (FTTP) expansion destined to shape the future of broadband service to Southwestern Montana, Jason a...
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In this episode, we visit with Aeronet founder and CEO Gino Villarini as he recounts the twists and turns along the way to building Puerto Rico's leading high speed internet service provider. We look at the spectrum bandwidth and interference challenges facing wireless networks as well as how his entrepreneurial journey began at age 16. Gino also shares a look back at the role Aeronet played in the long road to recovery after P...
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In this episode, we talk with Kathryn de Witt from The Pew Charitable Trusts Broadband Research Initiative. She has recently authored a research report on how states are expanding broadband access. Kathryn shares some of the promising practices, insights, research findings, and universal truths from her research. More about Pew Charitable Trusts Broadband Research Initiative here: https://www.pewtrusts.org/en/projects/broadband-re...
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March 17, 2020 24 min
In this episode, we are at the NTCA Rural Broadband Association event 2020 RTIME. We start with a visit with Christine O'Connor, executive director of the Alaska Telecom Association talks about her mission to educate and advocate for rural broadband programs and providers in Alaska, she provides an update to on-going broadband efforts and funding challenges. More about Alaska Telecom Association here: http://www.alaskatel.org...
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In this episode, we speak with Claude Aiken, the President and CEO at the Wireless Internet Service Providers Association (WISPA). Mr. Aiken shares with us WISPA's mission to help independent internet service providers bring better broadband services to their communities. We talk about the impact on rural communities, how WISPs can leverage the Rural Digital Opportunity Fund (RDOP), how WISPs get started and WISPA's role i...
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In this episode, we speak with Caspar Faust, Field Operations Manager of Paladin Wireless, a wireless internet service provider (WISP) in northeast Georgia. Caspar shares with us the challenges of providing reliable high-speed broadband services to rural areas that are either underserved or unserved by the telecom incumbents. He explains what a WISP does, how Paladin Wireless got started and its mission to serve and improve their...
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In this episode, we visit with Mariel Triggs, the CEO of MuralNet. As an engineer turned teacher and now an advocate for tribal nations, she helps us understand the scope of the tribal digital gap. We discuss the FCC's release of the EBS Spectrum and pros and cons regarding priority for tribal nations. She shares MuralNet's mission to help Native nations bring internet equity to their communities. They help bridge the digi...
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In this episode, we talk with Nick Wilcox, CEO of Giosprite about progress in the internet of things. Nick and his team are working to bring big-budget ‘smart city’ capabilities to towns of all sizes by leveraging Lorawan and TV White Space. He shares lessons learned, success stories and advice to city managers about how to think about how connectivity improves the lives of all. About Nick Wilcox: Nick has over 30 years experie...
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In this episode, we speak with Guy Bevente, an industry veteran with 25+ years working in AT&T and across the telecommunications and broadband industry. We dig into broadband trends that are driving some of the carrier’s behaviors from the omni-channel experience to digital transformation and personalization. We talk about the technology capabilities that providers need, such as design-driven thinking, modularity, and agi...
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In this episode, we speak with Dave Spencer and Claire Ward of NoaNet. They tell us about the origins of NoaNet in the early days of open access networks, we talk about the current state of open access networks, and the regulations, technology and consumer expectations that are driving wholesalers and retailers to provide broadband to the state of Washington.
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December 19, 2019 19 min
In this episode, we speak with ZenFi Networks, President and COO, Enzo Clemente about network densification. Enzo shares his experience with designing and deploying broadband networks in large metropolis, he outlines some of the challenges with 5G, permitting and provides advice to municipal leaders to be more fiber friendly
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In this episode we speak with Mike Render, Founder and CEO of RVA LLC Marketing & Consulting. RVA is known as North America’s premier market research expert tracking fiber broadband deployment and corresponding consumer attitudes. RVA has a long partnership with the Fiber Broadband Association, providing fiber broadband market research, producing annual North American Fiber to the Home (FTTH) forecast reports and most recently...
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In this episode, we speak with Fiber Broadband Association President, Lisa Youngers. Lisa shares how the Fiber Broadband Association engages with the FCC, state and federal policymakers as well as communities. She introduces a new measure of broadband, The Broadband Experience Index and shares findings from recent broadband research. Lisa tells us about her passion to build and support women in the fiber industry.
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In this episode, we are live at the Esri GeoConX Conference 2019 which was an amazing event. So much so we need two episodes to share it with you. In this second part, we speak with Rafael Fernandess, Esri USA, Anastasiia Savchenko, Esri Gas & Renewables, Tarek Kandakji, Lubbock Power & Light, and Derek Landers, GeoGraph Technologies. Esri GeoConX is an industry-leading event for the electric, gas, and telecommunications...
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December 2, 2019 38 min
In this episode, we speak with Merit Network’s Bob Stovall, Charlotte Bewersdorff, and Pierrette Renée Dagg about the Michigan Moonshot and networking know-how. Find out how future-proofing will impact your network by listening to the full podcast...
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In this episode, we are live at the Esri GeoConX Conference 2019 which was an amazing event. So much so we need two episodes to share it with you. In part one, we speak with Jessica Valenti, Partner Manager, Telco & Utilities, Greg Babcock, Lansing Board of Light & Power and Wendi French, Wyndston Service (New Orleans Emergency Management). Esri GeoConX is an industry-leading event for the electric, gas, and telecommuni...
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In this live episode from the 25th Annual Joint Conference of the Kentucky Telecom Association and Tennessee Broadband Association, we speak with Shawn Arner, Deputy Assistant Administrator with the USDA, Hilda Legg, Tyler Campbell, the Executive Director of the Kentucky Telecom Association, Levoy Knowles, the Executive Director of the Tennessee Broadband Association
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November 4, 2019 33 min
In this live episode recorded at FTTX Council Africa 2019 Conference, Juanita Clark, CEO of FTTX Council Africa shares exciting news about fiber progress, we speak with Graham Crooks from Manholes from Africa, and Siphiwe Shandu from Dark Fiber Africa.
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In this episode recording at the Broadband World Forum 2019, we speak with Aseem Parikh, Open Networking Foundation. The Open Networking Foundation (ONF) is a non-profit operator led consortium driving transformation of network infrastructure and carrier business models. Aseem talks about the state of software defined networking, explains how to operationalize standards and offers his view of the industry today.
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In this episode recorded at the Broadband World Forum, we speak with Andrew Van Der Haar, Fiber Carrier Association, Donovan Artz and Greg Aston from ETI. Andrew shares the origin and current state of the Fiber Carrier Association. We talk about the trends in Open Access Networks as well as standards adoption. Donovan talks about trends in device management and IoT. We discuss data privacy and wonder if the CIA subscribes to th...
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