Viodi View – 05/12/10

This issue features more highlights from the 2010 Broadband Properties Summit, including the importance of state participation in determining a national broadband plan, more telemedicine applications for broadband providers and benefits of the Smart Grid. Additionally, Alan Weissberger weighs in on the iPad and its impact on carriers and we get a preview of what Roger will debut at next week’s WSTA’s 100 Annual Convention. 


Benefits of the Smart Grid

Click here to watch the videoBill Ablondi of Parks Associates discusses his panel regarding the Smart Grid at the 2010 Broadband Properties Summit. In this brief video, Ablondi talks about the Smart Grid as a way of running more efficient businesses and governments. A sort of primordial soup is how he characterizes the current state of the Smart Grid with opportunities for all, including the potential for the creation of a new segment that he calls Energy Management Service Providers.  Ablondi points out that consumers do value the benefits brought about by what the Smart Grid can bring, which is reinforced by this blog post on the Parks Associates web site. 

This interview is sort of a preview of what can be expected at the 2010 Parks Associates Connections Conference, June 8-10 in Santa Clara, CA.


The Modern Housecall

Click here to watch the videoBringing the doctor to the home via communications and connected medical devices is the theme of this brief interview with Rob Scheschareg of MedConcierge, LLC. Scheschareg believes that demand for this type of service will increase if current health care trends continue. He thinks there are opportunities for Communications Service Providers to bundle remote health care services with their broadband offering to provide more efficient and effective health care to their customers, while creating a sticky service.

Filmed at the 2010 Broadband Properties Summit.  Click here to watch. 


Run e-NC – Getting Broadband to Every Last Corner of North Carolina

Click here to watch the videoThe second largest rural population in the country is one factor that makes the implementation of broadband in North Carolina a challenge, so says Jane Patterson the Executive Director of e-NC. We caught up with Patterson at the 2010 Broadband Properties Summit, where she talked about the work the e-NC Authority is doing to help bring broadband to every corner to this state that is home to the tallest mountain east of the Mississippi. In this video interview, she points out that one solution does not fit all when it comes to deploying broadband.  

In addition to her role with e-NC, Jane is also on the board of directors for the Rural Telecommunications Congress.  


Click to watch the videoStates Need a Say in Broadband

The FCC’s broadband plan is a comprehensive document that addresses, at a high level, all of the segments of the economy that intersect with the Internet. In this video interview, filmed at the 2010 Broadband Properties Summit in Dallas, Galen Updike, Telecommunications Development Manager for the State of Arizona and Director of the RTC, discusses the importance of having regional and state input to make sure the implementation of the plan reflects the geographic and demographic differences between regions.


Will the iPad be a revenue driver or bandwidth killer for mobile operators? By Alan Weissberger

Mobile operators will be among the biggest beneficiaries of the Apple iPad's success, thanks to the iPad's use of mobile data services to access applications and digital content, according to a new report from Pyramid Research (www.pyr.com), the telecom research arm of the Light Reading Communications (www.lightreading.com). [Editor’s note, the comments and links associated with this article raise some interesting points regarding the iPad and its impact on network operators].  Click here to read more.


Some Tweets and Other Short Thoughts:

  • Customer service and sales are one in the same – looks like a good webinar from NTCA
  • "Don't look into laser with remaining good eye." Olson Technology gives a good reason for never cleaning a fiber connector carrying light. 

The Korner – Sneak Peek of a World Premiere

100 years of WI Telecom

100 Years of Telecommunications in Wisconsin will premiere on May 26, 2010 at the Grand Geneva Resort Hotel in Lake Genava, Wisconsin at 9:10 AM. This 100 anniversary documentary was produced by Viodi View contributing editor, ViodiTV videographer, and award-winning, independent producer Roger Bindl. The documentary covers a telecommunications history that starts in 1887 with business and home phones to the first switchboards in 1888 to the expansion of independent telco's in 1893. This led to formation of the WSTA in 1910 and the beginning of electronic social networks that brought us to where we are now. The documentary is narrated by a very special guest… check it out in Lake Geneva.

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