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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 policymakers helping to shape your future through broadband. The Broadband Bunch is brought to you by: Calix: www.calix.com DxTel: www.dxtel.net/ ETI Software: www.etisoftware.com Microsoft: www.microsoft.com Utopia Fiber: www.utopiafiber.com/
 
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After a two-year hiatus, the Cable-Tech show is back better than ever! Join Pete as he chats with Chris and Curtis about the Expo and the direction the industry is heading. Click now to listen. Also, be sure to subscribe to the Broadband Bunch on your favorite podcast platform so you never miss an episode.…
 
A quick preview show for a Utilities Technology Council workshop taking place on Sept 7-9, in Spokane, Washington. Learn about the UTC broadband mission, speakers, and objectives at this year's event. Click the link below to listen. Also, make sure to subscribe to the Broadband Bunch podcast on your favorite podcast platform so you never miss an ep…
 
Another great guest from SRC Live! We chat with Alan Morgan, CEO of the National Rural Health Association on the critical need for broadband access for health care in rural areas. The idea is not to replace local medical facilities with telehealth but to enhance care. Fascinating and nuanced topic. Click now to listen. Also, subscribe to the Broadb…
 
We continue our series of podcasts at SRC Live! This episode features Dr. Allen Pratt, Director of the NREA. The focus of Dr Pratt's work is providing a unified voice for rural schools and communities not only in broadband but in all aspects of rural education. Click now to learn his story. Also, be sure to subscribe to the Broadband Bunch podcast …
 
The Broadband Bunch is on the road. In this episode, we speak with Shirley Bloomfield the CEO of NTCA-The Rural Broadband Association. SRC Live! is an interactive summit for rural fiber broadband providers, local government, community and industry leaders to identify best practices aimed at improving rural viability and prosperity. Click now to lis…
 
The Broadband Bunch is on the road. Had a great chat with Angie Cooper of Heartland Forward. Heartland Forward is a non-partisan "Think and Do" tank that is focused on improving the economic performance of states in the heart of the country. Click now to listen. Also, be sure to subscribe to the Broadband Bunch on your favorite podcast platform so …
 
Puerto Rico is working hard to close the digital divide just like the rest of the world but they have their own set of unique challenges. Click now as Brad chats with Mario Gonzalez and Carlos Aponte of V2A Consulting and learn how they are helping telcos bridge the digital divide on the island of Puerto Rico and beyond. Also, be sure to subscribe …
 
Join Brad as he chats with Greg Ford the Chief Operating Office at Patriot Broadband. Patriot uses a unique fixed wireless, franchise model to bring locally owned, affordable high-speed broadband to rural unserved and underserved communities. Click the link below to listen. Also, be sure to subscribe to the Broadband Bunch on your favorite podcast …
 
Pete had the chance to catch up with Wil Mitchell & Brian Mefford of Vetro Fiber. Proper Mapping is critical for communities when designing and implementing broadband infrastructure plans. Learn how Vetro Fiber is teaming up with local, state and regional entities to build strong broadband footprints. Click now to listen. Also, be sure to subscribe…
 
When most people think New York, they think of the highly populated Tri-state area. However, the state of New York is vast and has large pockets of underserved and unserved. On such area is the Souther Tier District in upstate New York. Click now to listen and learn how one unified voice is working hard to bring broadband connectivity to those comm…
 
At this year's Broadband Communities Summit, we had the chance to chat with the director of Community Development at US Ignite, Lee Davenport. Lee and the folks at US Ignite are working hard to accelerate the smart city movement by helping to bring technology-informed economic empowerment strategies to communities nationwide. Click now to listen. A…
 
Had the chance to chat with Andy at the Broadband Communities Summit early this year in Houston. We discuss the enormous opportunity we as a country to narrow the digital divide with the current BEAD program administered by the NTIA. Click now to listen. Also, be sure to subscribe to the Broadband Bunch on your favorite podcast platform so you neve…
 
At this year's Broadband Communities Summit, we had the pleasure to chat with Deb Socia. Deb has a long history as a forward-thinking, innovative trendsetter not only in broadband but education. Click now to learn about her story and the story of The Enterprise Center. Also, be sure to subscribe to the Broadband Bunch on your favorite podcast platf…
 
At this year's Broadband Communities Summit, we had the privilege to speak with the director of the Capital Projects Fund, Joey Wender. Joey shares with us what funds are available and what states can do to get it in the right hands. Click now to listen! Also, be sure to subscribe to the Broadband Bunch on your favorite podcast platform so you neve…
 
Join Kaleigh as she chats with the team at the Fort Pierce Utilities Authority. FPUA.net is the City of Fort Pierce’s SMART City Internet Service Provider. Their goal is to provide customers with competitive, reliable high-speed broadband. Click now to listen to their story! Also, be sure to subscribe to the Broadband Bunch on your favorite podcast…
 
Everything you wanted to know about Fiber Connect 2022 - we weren't afraid to ask. We've got it all. Brad, JJ and Rich do an amazing job sharing everything that is happening at this year's event. Click now to listen. Also, be sure to subscribe to the Broadband Bunch on your favorite podcast platform so you never miss an episode.…
 
In this episode, Joe and Kaleigh chat with Jason Cohen, the Founder and CEO of MyBundle.TV. The world is turning towards streaming but for consumers it can be a messy game keeping track of all the different streaming apps and services. MyBundle is a service that simplifies the process. Click now to listen as Jason shares why MyBundle is a win-win-w…
 
In this episode of the Broadband Bunch, Pete is joined by David Gillford, Head of Policy and Strategic Partnerships at Sidewalk Infrastructure Partners or SIP. How can technology make a radical difference in infrastructure innovation? Click now to listen and learn about the forward thinking approach SIP is undertaking. Be sure to subscribe to the B…
 
In this episode of the Broadband Bunch we chat with the director of ConnectME, Peggy Schaffer. Planning and teamwork are mission critical for states like Maine as they work hard to close the digital divide. Click now to listen. Also, be sure to subscribe to the Broadband Bunch on your favorite podcast platform so you never miss an episode.…
 
In this episode of the Broadband Bunch, Pete chats with Vickie Robinson, General Manager of the Microsoft Airband Initiative. Digital Equity is something everyone should care about. If we are going to close the digital divide in both rural and urban areas more needs to be done by the public and private sector. Click now to listen. Also be sure to s…
 
In this episode of the Broadband Bunch, Pete chats with Steve Harris the Executive Director from the Society of Cable Telecommunications Engineers. SCTE is a subsidiary of Cable Laboratories and has set industry standards for over 50 years. As broadband expansion and deployment continues at a rapid rate, it is mission critical that organizations ta…
 
Great conversation between Brad and Dennis Kyle of the Zayo Group. The rate at which we interact with one another electronically has increased 100-fold in recent years. So what's next? Quite simply, more. More bandwidth, more to the edge, more to the cloud. Lower latency and higher speeds. Click now to listen as Dennis shares with us what lies ahea…
 
In this episode, Joe and Pete chat about the Periodic Table of Broadband Tools that is located on the Broadbandbunch.com website. One of the primary goals of the Broadband Bunch is to be a source that educates. An areas that needs exploration and explanation is software. The size and scope can be intimidating especially if you're a new community th…
 
Brad is joined by the founder and CEO of TXN Wireless, Nicole Cotter. TXN is more than a wireless company - it's an organization that has a family first ethos. From disaster recovery to delivering upgrades and installations, TXN Wireless is getting the job done and is a shinning example in the broadband industry. Click now to listen! Also, be sure …
 
Johann Reimer is uniquely Canadian. A story teller and visionary. Canadian Fiber Optics and Northern Lights Fiber are working towards the audacious goal of connecting rural Canada with high-speed broadband while always thinking local. Click now to learn about their story. Also, be sure to subscribe to the Broadband Bunch on your favorite podcast pl…
 
Pete and his guest Chresanthe Staurulakis take a deep dive into the massive and complicated broadband funding landscape. They discuss different the opportunities available to rural communities and possible directions and partnerships they can undertake. Click now to listen. And don't forget to subscribe on your favorite podcast platform so you neve…
 
Great Discussion with Ryan Maehl, Assistant City Manager of the City of Fort Dodge. In 2019, the voters decided to invest in their own community-owned fiber network. A great, informative story on how a community went through all the steps to make sure they made the best choice for their community. Roll out begins this summer. Click now to hear thei…
 
Join Kaleigh as she has a great conversation with Laura and David Gibbons a true family-run operation. As with everyone, the pandemic saw a sudden and dramatic spike in their WISP business but this husband and wife team also expanded their footprint in 2021 with Black Bear Fiber. Join us as we chat about their goal to bring high-speed broadband to …
 
What a great year! And to celebrate some of our hosts and the show producer get behind the microphones to share some of their favorite moments from the past year. Picking them wasn't easy! Click now to listen! Also, be sure to subscribe to the Broadband Bunch Podcast on your favorite podcast platform so you never miss an episode in 2022.…
 
With an avalanche of funding entering the broadband industry in the next few years, building a properly trained workforce that will be able to install fiber throughout the US will be mission critical. The Fiber Broadband Association has partnered with Greenlight Community Broadband to create a certification course to train future Fiber Optical Tech…
 
Unfortunately, tribal communities continue to lag behind other areas in America in regards to broadband and telecommunications services. As with any community, the presence of broadband and improved digital connectivity has the opportunity to make a significant role in improving the day-to-day life of many tribal communities. Join us as we chat wit…
 
When local service providers have to battle the large telecos, it's a true David versus Goliath. Getting help when it comes to marketing is so vitally important. Join us as we chat with James Mardis of Plus One Strategy. We explore how James and his team uses both traditional and non-traditional approaches when working with their rural broadband cl…
 
Pete and Kaleigh chat with Christopher Manning a training coordinator at Phoenix Fiber. Now more than ever people are looking for work that has meaning. Bringing high-speed broadband service to communities in need is just one reason why people are considering a career in broadband. Click now to listen! Also, be sure to subscribe on your favorite po…
 
With the tremendous influx of funds entering the broadband space and a natural aging out of the current workforce, there is an upcoming need and opportunity before us. Train and educate the next generation of telco workers. The problem is graduating students and workers in other fields don’t know much if anything about the broadband industry and th…
 
How do we get accurate broadband mapping so we can eliminate the digital divide and bring high-speed broadband to unserved and underserved areas? It's of course easy said than done as each region, state and ultimately each community has their own set of challenges. Click now to listen as we discuss how to solve this problem with Bill Price of Light…
 
Starting out as a telephone company and transforming itself as technology has evolved, Adams Telephone Co-Operative is a sterling example of how important it is to adopt new technology as it becomes availalbe. We also discuss Adams' data centric product Sharepoint. Click now to listen as Jim shares the story of Adams! Also, be sure to subscribe on …
 
Second in the series with tech author and analyst Ed Finegold. This chat centers around the real world implications of security breaches when it comes to critical broadband infrastructure. Click now to listen. Also be sure to subscribe on your favorite podcast platform so you never miss an episode of the Broadband Bunch!…
 
A great discussion with Rob Tiffany of Ericsson on how technology will affect agriculture and other areas in rural America in the coming years. IoT is set to play a major role in improving soil, crop and livestock management. As rural America becomes more connected, the importance of these technologies will only grow. Click now to listen. Also, be …
 
In this episode, Pete chats with Arthur Ortegon a partner at Wilkinson Barker Knauer, a national law firm specializing in telecommunications and energy. As billions of dollars begin to enter the broadband space, the question becomes, how is the best way to spend it? Click now to listen. Also be sure to subscribe on your favorite podcast platform so…
 
A great discussion with Ryan Johnston and Lukas Pietrzak of Next Century Cities. Next Century Cities is a community-focused, non-profit that helps local municipalities create a digital roadmap to bring connectivity to their areas. Inclusion. Education. Execution. Click now to listen. Also, be sure to subscribe on your favorite podcast platform so y…
 
In this episode Pete and Christopher talk about the importance of conferences both national and regional like Mountain Connect. They tackle the all important question of digital literacy and touch on the importance of inclusion. Click now to listen. Also, be sure to subscribe on your favorite podcast platform so you never miss an episode of the Bro…
 
In this episode, Pete chats with Kara Mullaley with Corning about their Community Broadband University. If a community is just getting started in the broadband space, it's a great resource to tap into for simple to understand explanations on a very layered and complex topic. Click now to listen. Also, be sure to follow the Broadband Bunch on your f…
 
In this episode, Pete chats cybersecurity with Kyle Glaesar of Underline. How do we work security into the conversation? As networks grow, their exposure gets greater. It’s vital that organizations get ahead of the curve as data and network systems become more exposed and vulnerable. Click now to listen. Also, be sure to follow the Broadband Bunch …
 
The Broadband Bunch attended this year's Mountain Connect, one of the industry best regional shows. Pete chats with Jeff Gavlinski, CEO and the driving force behind this incredibly successful event. They talk about the conference and issues important to the entire broadband industry. Click now to listen. Also, be sure to subscribe to the Broadband …
 
Click now to listen as Kaleigh and Craig chat with Tim Higgs of Kent, England. Learn how this army of one is connecting the unconnected. Starting with wireless and when possible, rapidly moving them over to a high-speed fiber connection. Listen now to see how how he gets it done! Also, be sure to subscribe on your favorite podcast platform so you n…
 
Join Brad and Craig as they chat with the President and CEO of ROCK Networks, Joe Hickey. In the last 18 months, governments from around the world have learned the importance of high-speed connectivity and Canada is no different. Working with both private and public organizations, the Canadian government has set a goal of having high-speed internet…
 
Great Conversation between Brad and the founder of 3GIS Tom Counts at Fiber Connect 2021. Even though everyone is competing against each other at the end of the day the goal for everyone is the same. Bring connectivity to those who need it. Click now to listen to Tom and the GIS story! Also, be sure to subscribe on your favorite podcast platform so…
 
Another great in-person conversation at Fiber Connect 2021. Craig chats with Rick Talbot the principal Analyst at ACG Research. Great conversation about the conversation and how the industry is at a crossroads and how important it will be the industry to get it right moving forward. Click now to listen!Don't forget to hit that subscribe button on y…
 
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