Viodi View – 05/04/12

Donut Holes in the Land of Lincoln

After the dust settles on the transition from a POTS-centric, USF/Intercarrier Compensation to a broadband-centric/Connect America Fund approach for rural telecom, will the traditional definition of an incumbent still be valid? That is, if an entity other than the incumbent telco is already supplying broadband to a given area, should that entity be considered the incumbent? More importantly, which entity should be entrusted with support dollars to serve those areas that would otherwise be un-served?

Example of a use-case for broadband mapping initiative

Drew Clark, Executive Director of the Partnership to Connect Illinois, indicates that the PCI maps are constantly being updated in a crowd-sourced manner. It is a continual process for this NTIA (National Telecommunications and Information Administration) designated broadband mapping entity. Mapping broadband availability throughout the Land of Lincoln and feeding that information back to businesses and others that can use it to make decisions on where to locate is the focus of the PCI, as explained by Clark.  Click here to read more and view the video interview with Clark.

Ensuring a Level Playing Field

Former RUS Administrator Hilda Legg on the current state of USF and RUSHow do you evaluate loan applications when as much as 25% cashflow from 70% of your loan portfolio is at risk? Hilda Legg, former RUS Administrator, asks this question with regards to RUS and how it is impacted by the transition of USF to the Connect America Fund.

In this interview, Legg discusses USF, particularly from the perspective of the issues it raises for the RUS as well as the impact it has on incumbent operators’ capital plans. She also alludes to the session at the 2012 Broadband Communities Summit she organized with Wiley Rein’s Thomas Navin on this very important and timely topic. Click here to view part 1 of this two-part video.

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Fiber Through the Decades…..

The high-level concepts for how to deploy Fiber to the Home have been around for decades. It is the process and incremental improvements in technology that has expanded the use of fiber from specialized to mass application. We caught up with Ron Cassel of Matrix Design Group who talks about a rural Vermont fiber project that required out-of-the-box thinking and delving into decades of fiber experience to keep this particular project viable.

On a personal note, what a pleasant surprise to catch up with Ron at the 2012 Broadband Communities Summit, as we had worked together on the first digital video, CATV fiber transport project way back when. Click here to view this video interview.

A Primer on a Fiber Primer

City of Winthrop and area's fiber plansMark Erickson, the City Administrator and Economic Development Director for the City of Winthrop, MN, discusses a municipal/county project to bring fiber to the premise in their rural region.  The expansion of the scope of the project was breaking news at the 2012 Broadband Communities Summit.  The Blandin Foundation, an entity familiar to ViodiTV viewers, helped get this project started.

He explains how the Broadband Communities Primer was instrumental in helping raise awareness of and explaining the benefits to the project.  Click here to view.

 The Apartment of the Future; Today

In this brief video, filmed at the 2012 Broadband Communities Summit, Andie Garcia of Verizon Enhanced Communities demonstrates an example of a feature of the apartment of the future; that is available today. Garcia shows the type of broadband application and devices that allow owners to enhance the value of their property.  Tom Nugent of Verizon Enhanced Communities hints at other Verizon Enhanced Communities’ applications that increase property energy efficiency and provide concierge services as well.  Click here to view.

Thank you Verizon Enhanced Communities for sponsoring ViodiTV on the hotel channel at the 2012 Broadband Communities Summit.

Microsoft, HP and SalesForce Assess Key Cloud Computing Issues by Alan Weissberger

TiE Cloud Event
TiE Cloud Event

At the April 12, 2012 TiE Cloud meeting in Santa Clara, CA, three leading Cloud Service Providers presented their views as to where the cloud industry is now and where it’s going.  Microsoft, HP and Salesforce are each addressing a different segment of the cloud market with what they believe are compelling value propositions for their customers.

Some of the issues they addressed included: changing business models, cloud advantages, cloud bursting, defacto cloud standards (e.g. Amazon AWS API’s), cloud developer support programs, evolving operations needs for cloud deployments and the viability of telcos as cloud service providers.  Click here to read the rest of the article and the associated comments.

Some Tweets and Short Thoughts:

  • “Mobile Patent War” to be explored at May 9 IEEE ComSocSCV Meeting – important topic and great speaker line-up
  • 24 Hour Patient Care: Video interview regarding remote health care, particularly with regards to seniors
  • Most impressive-116 of the 118 hires are still there. It starts with their great leader – “Automattic Grows Up….
  • B4RN- “Going where Telcos fear to tread,” in England. $50 per gigabit. Everyone wants to be involved. Listening to presentation right now at 2012 Broadband Communities Summit
  • Tune in to channel 2 on the Intercontinental Hotel for coverage of the Broadband Communities 2012 Summit.

The Korner – IP at the Bar and TV is Everywhere

IP at the Bar
IP at the Bar

Sports fans at the JW Marriott had to be a bit disappointed as the TV channel in the bar was briefly changed from exciting playoff hockey to exciting coverage of the 2012 IP Possibilities Convention and Expo. Video coverage of the event was featured on channel 64 of the host hotel’s cable network.  This is the ViodiTV version of multiscreen video as we were on the hotel TV channel, at the bar and online as well.

Click here to view the video.

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