Viodi reports, via video and text, on new technology, media and marketing initiatives that independent broadband service providers will find interesting. We cover conferences, as well travel off-the-beaten path to find stories about how broadband is being deployed from the Bakken oil fields of North Dakota to old gold mines of the mother lode to innovative Fiber to the Home initiatives in the Low Country of South Carolina.
It’s just getting started, but there already many alternatives for the consumer to create a smart home experience. Gerber points out that many of the smart home developments at CES are from upstart companies that have devices and don’t necessarily rely on the service revenue. An an example, he mentions a connected oven that includes a full audio and video system. He calls it a very exciting time, in terms of new product introduction.
Providing a spark to the technology community of Charleston, South Carolina is exactly what Sparc is doing. This three year old privately-held company is more than technology, however, as it is introducing a whole new culture to business and other institutions. With a mix of software products and services for government and business, Sparc helps its partners rethink and re-engineer their processes and, in turn, the way they do business.
At 600 Frames per Second for less than $1,000, JVC seems to be positioning its GC-PX100 as a low-cost camcorder for capturing sports events. This pre-release model was seen at JVC's CES booth. We won't be able to get our hands on this unit until March, however. Read more at viodi.tv
The International CES used to be called the Consumer Electronics Show, but in many ways it is probably appropriate that the CEA removed the term "Consumer" from the name. This show is so big, that it is easy to have expectations of big announcements that immediately transform society. What excites me, however, are the incremental developments that offer the potential to improve the quality of life and make for a better world; instead of the C standing for consumer, perhaps the focus should be ...
Community is the recurring theme from the many interviews filmed at the 2012 Broadband Communities Summit. It is clear from those who are leading the way, that broadband is more than a high-speed connection. The above video provides highlights from a sample of the dozens of speakers at the 2012 Broadband Communities Summit. These speakers discussed creative ways to fund broadband and some of the ways broadband has sparked economic development in rural and urban locales.
Jim Baller of the Baller Herbst law firm discusses economic development and the track that focuses on that topic at the 2012 Broadband Communities Summit. As he explains, there isn't a cookie cutter approach to economic development. He suggests broadband is still in the early stages and is in in a similar place to what the electrical grid infrastructure was a century ago.
Congratulations to Diane Kruse of NEO fiber for her appointment as the chairperson for the 2013 Broadband Communities Summit. Kruse is well qualified in this role, as she has formed and led several start-ups as the industry association FTTH Council. Read more at: http://wp.me/p6EIc-1ep
Read the entire post at http://www.viodi.tv/2012/10/16/the-video-generation/ Jim Louderback, CEO of Revision3, explains how the younger generation has a way of learning that is different from most adults, who grew up on books. As former Editor in Chief of PC Magazine, Louderback certainly understands the power of the written word, but he points out, through a personal anecdote, that children now view video as the way to learn.
Construction of infrastructure due to the broadband stimulus is in full swing. Kevin Larson discusses some of the unintended results of the stimulus process and wonders what will happen to construction and engineering firms once the stimulus projects are complete.
The metaphor of a three-legged stool is what Kevin Larson of CTC in Brainerd, MN uses to describe the sources of revenue for CTC and broadband operators like CTC. He explains how the broadband order knocks out one of those legs and causes uncertainity in the other leg. This, in turn, has affected CTC's investment plans and they are having to invest with a much more short-term horizon compared to years past where they could invest over for the long-term.