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FTTX ViodiTV @ Fiber Connect

Fiber Connect 2022 Insight from the Broadband Ambassadors’ Broadband Ambassador

“We consider our members as broadband ambassadors,” says Matt Polka, outgoing president and CEO of ACA Connects. Echoing comments he made earlier on a Fiber Connect 2022 panel with leaders of other trade associations, Polka emphasizes the importance of efforts by broadband service providers to help customers understand the value of and unlock the benefits […]

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Broadband Economic Development

An Updated Perspective on Public-Private Broadband Partnerships

Public-private broadband partnerships can be a win-win for under and unserved communities and for incumbent providers wishing to extend their service beyond their existing footprint. This is one of the conclusions from the above interview with Dave Fridley of FARR Technologies. This conversation builds on his recent presentation at the MTA’s 2022 Convention and Conference, […]

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FTTX Stories from the Heartland

A New Horizon of Midwestern Connectivity via FTTH

With announcements about fiber expansion happening every day, it was refreshing to catch up with a local service provider that has been on the leading edge of technology deployments for decades.  The above interview with Jim Capuano, CEO for Horizon, and Misty Tuttle, General Manager of Business Operations for Horizon, echo the words of retired […]

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FTTX ViodiTV @ Fiber Connect

A Culture of Passion and Humility as the Foundation for Broadband

“Culture is one of the key investments you can make in a company,” says Rick Petersen. Speaking at Fiber Connect 2021, Petersen, president/CEO of Peak Internet, emphasizes that investments in technology, such as Fiber to the Home networks, will be worthless without the right kind of culture. Intentional in its efforts to create a culture […]

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FTTX ViodiTV @ Fiber Connect

From 0 to 22k Subscribers in 2 Years

Kayla Wade details how OEC Fiber’s success in going from zero to 22,000 subscribers is directly related to following the Golden Rule.* That is, first and foremost, OEC Fiber staff treats its customers the way they would want to be treated. This means their focus is on transparency, accountability, and accessibility. From a relationship perspective, […]

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Regulatory ViodiTV @ Fiber Connect

An Untold Story of Connecting Communities

“It’s really been a success story, actually, an untold story of the pandemic about what our members have been able to do and accomplish to keep their customers and communities connected in one of our nation’s worst times,” says ACA Connects president and CEO, Matt Polka. Speaking at Fiber Connect 2021, Polka argues that lighter-touch […]

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Broadband FTTX Regulatory ViodiTV @ Fiber Connect

Local Makes the Difference

“Regardless of your corporate structure, whether you are cooperative, you’re a family held your locally held, the fact that you are local is really what makes the difference,” says Shirley Bloomfield, NTCA CEO. Speaking at Fiber Connect 2021, it is encouraging to Bloomfield that the White House is talking about the importance of local entities […]

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Broadband FTTX ViodiTV @ Fiber Connect

An Opportunity to Provide a Legacy for Generations…

“This is really bigger than any of us; where we have the opportunity to provide a legacy for generations to come by being able to connect every American with fiber,” says Gary Bolton, president & CEO of the Fiber Broadband Association. Speaking from the FBA’s booth at the soldout Fiber Connect 2021, Bolton was speaking […]

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Broadband Stories from the Heartland ViodiTV Real-Time Conversations

Bigger, Better Broadband in Bemidji & Beyond

A number 8 ranking by PCMag as one of the best places for remote work in 2021 should be no surprise to those familiar with the Bemidji, MN region. Its member-owned, broadband provider, Paul Bunyan Communications,, was one of the first U.S. operators to deploy fiber to the home (FTTH). By 2014 all of its […]

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Fiber as a Fundamental Ingredient of the Modern World

The question that entities with older fiber  have to ask, is will it support the higher bit rates that are increasingly demanded? Speaking at the SmartGig Bay Area conference, the Fiber Optic Association’s president, Jim Hayes, made a strong argument for testing and characterizing fiber cable to understand its performance at higher bit rates. As […]

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