Meet Frank the Buffalo, also known as the Frontier spokesman.
Frontier's Friendly Frank
Frank has his own Facebook page and his own YouTube videos, which you can see here. His full name is Francis A. Buffalo. (I know that because we are Facebook Friends.)
He isn't as much of a TV presence, in part because Frontier discovered that his early slogan ("You Can't Get BS From A Buffalo") doesn't test well with some of its audience -- I'm assuming those who take themselves a bit too seriously.
But Frank remain a social media presence for Frontier and continues to advance a few important values. For one thing, he's a solidly American symbol. One of his parent company's promises is keeping its customer service onshore and even providing outsourced customer service to companies such as Intuit, keeping those jobs in the US, as well.
And then there's that trust factor. If you can't trust a talking buffalo, then the world is truly a sad place.
Re: Kangaroo courting Must be, but I'm not in that demographic. That commercial is really upsetting. I mean, is the gerbil supposed to be their dad? And, what's that actress who always plays the nameless slutty best friend in movies doing in it?
CenturyLink's Bill Walker is an IT guy, tasked with helping transform a legacy telco. He shared some very practical ideas about how to do that – notes from the trenches, as it were – in this video interview.
Light Reading is spending much of this year digging into the details of how automation technology will impact the comms market, but let's take a moment to also look at how automation is set to overturn the current world order by the middle of the century.
Understanding the full experience of women in technology requires starting at the collegiate level (or sooner) and studying the technologies women are involved with, company cultures they're part of and personal experiences of individuals.
During this WiC radio show, we will talk with Nicole Engelbert, the director of Research & Analysis for Ovum Technology and a 23-year telecom industry veteran, about her experiences and perspectives on women in tech. Engelbert covers infrastructure, applications and industries for Ovum, but she is also involved in the research firm's higher education team and has helped colleges and universities globally leverage technology as a strategy for improving recruitment, retention and graduation performance.
She will share her unique insight into the collegiate level, where women pursuing engineering and STEM-related degrees is dwindling. Engelbert will also reveal new, original Ovum research on the topics of artificial intelligence, the Internet of Things, security and augmented reality, as well as discuss what each of those technologies might mean for women in our field. As always, we'll also leave plenty of time to answer all your questions live on the air and chat board.