Viodi View – 03/18/2009

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Click here to get a view on the future of the newspapersIf you haven’t seen it, it’s new to you. That was the approximate tag line that NBC used about a decade ago to promote its summer rerun season. Similarly, what is news to one person may be an old story to another. The demise of the print newspaper is quickly becoming an old news story, as every week we are hearing of the demise of another print daily (the Seattle Post-Intellingcer conversion to online being the most recent to fall).

This video, shot at the Minnesota Telecom Alliance’s Convention, features brief interviews with Lynn Schofield Clark, Professor of Mass Communications and Journalism of the University of Denver and author and former CNN correspondent, Dave Kenney, regarding the future of the newspapers. Kenney suggests the telecommunications industry may be able to help fill the gap left due to the loss of the print newspapers.


The broadband stimulus is a news story that is still unfolding. There was quite a bit of positive feedback from our video interview with Andy Brown of Bennet and Bennet, PLLC. Emmett Smith watched the video and wrote this piece that argues that the stimulus should have never been undertaken.  Thanks Emmett for the kind words and insightful commentary. 

If nothing else, the broadband stimulus has stimulated lots of discussion. Here is a sampling of some of the many ongoing and upcoming stimulus activities:

  • Occam is blogging on the NTIA/USDA meetings
  • Consulting company, CCMI has a no-cost webinar slated for Thursday, November 19th
  • CPUC Hearing – San Francisco, Monday March 23rd

Finally, Alan Weissberger reports on a recent stimulus event in the following article.


Telecom Council Panel Session: Update on U.S. Broadband Policy by Alan Weissberger

In a lively Telecom Council panel session sponsored by AT&T, seven industry executives discussed the ramifications for the U.S. government’s stimulus package and federal budget proposal as related to broadband policy. The sober and candid assessments offered a realistic view at what is involved in building out broadband, particularly using wireless technology, to underserved and rural areas in the U.S.  Click here to read more. 


 A Tale of 2 Meetings:  Mobile Telecom in Crisis by Alan Weissberger

With the current credit crisis, economic meltdown, and stock market crash, both business and individuals are facing significant challenges: Big corporations are cutting cost and downsizing workforce while startups are struggling with shrinking market and drying capital sources. The soft job market makes people more cautious about the future. But crisis and downturns can lead to significant opportunity.  Click here to read more.


Monetizing Web Video with Social Networks by Roger Bindl

Monetizing video wtth social networks - the video

The key message from a CableFAX webinar on monetizing web video, social networks, and other on-line activities is that success comes from various places, is likely based on a plan, and the plan includes a means to insure success.  Click here to watch and read the rest of Roger’s report. 


3 Degrees of Separation – Or Almost Full Circle

My friend Dutch was stationed at the Naval Air Station at Point Mugu in Southern California in the 70s. In the 80s, I worked with Dutch at a company called Catel, a leader in producing AM & FM TV modulators. Norman Gillaspie consulted for Catel. I ended up consulting to Norman at many of his companies. His most recent venture, Transparent Video Systems, just sold an all digital RF system, which includes multiplexers and QAM modulators, to Communications Services, the cable system that serves Point Mugu. This announcement comes on the heels of an announcement TVS made last month regarding an RF to USB dongle that effectively eliminates the need for a traditional set-top. Congratulations Norman.


The Korner – Unique Economic Developments

Click here to see the unique things Spring Grove Communications is doing to help its community.One of the things I enjoy about co-producing ViodiTV is having the chance to dig a little deeper into comments made by speakers at the various telecom conferences. At the MTA Convention, Craig Otterness of Spring Grove Communications, who accepted the 2008 MTA award for economic development, had an interesting one-liner about his company’s unique video solution. This prompted us to track down Craig and find out more about the special developments that will prove to be quite stimulating for their local economy and which make for truly newsworthy topics.

Economic development requires leadership. Spring Grove Communications provide an excellent example of leadership, as they worked with their community to build a new library, 24 hour fitness center and digital cinema/public meeting place that can be used for much more than movies.  Click here to watch the video. 

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