The Technology & Economics of Expanding Rural Broadband in the USA
Date / Time: Tuesday, November 9, 2021, 11:00 a.m New York / 4:00 p.m London
Across the country, local, state and federal initiatives are backing broadband for rural communities. While this effort to connect the unconnected has been underway for decades, the technology, services and economics to scale this critical infrastructure is not just catching up - it’s thinking forward.
In this session, we’ll hear from industry leaders on the technology and service delivery fronts to share their perspectives, experience and advice around why rural broadband is so important and what solutions are needed to speed service delivery.
Our conversation will cover:
How rural broadband service has evolved in the United States
What has been learned to help manage cost and deliver the best service
Advancements in technology and service delivery in response to unserved and underserved communities
Join us for a moderated discussion hosted by Light Reading with industry experts working to build exceptional rural broadband networks, STL and Windstream.
Simon Stanley, Analyst at Large, Heavy Reading | bioDaniel Romer, Head of North American Sales, STL | bio
J Berkshire, VP of Engineering and Construction, Windstream | bioTrent Fellers, VP of Government Affairs, Windstream | bio
Simon is Founder and Principal Consultant at Earlswood Marketing Ltd., an independent market analyst and consulting company based in the U.K.
Simon’s research covers a variety of communications-related subjects, including next-generation core networks, radio access, and 5G, 100G/400/800G technology, IoT, Open Compute, smart NICs, uCPE, multicore processors and switching. In addition, to leading survey-based research projects addressing these areas, he has also hosted many Light Reading webinars and events covering next-generation networking technology. Simon has over 18 years market analyst experience and holds a Bachelor's in Electronic and Electrical Engineering from Brunel University, London.
Winston Caldwell received his Bachelor of Engineering degree in electrical engineering from Vanderbilt University and his Master of Science degree in electrical engineering from the University of Southern California. He is a licensed Professional Engineer in the state of California with over twenty-five years of electrical engineering experience. He is the Vice President of Advanced Engineering at Fox Corporation. In the past, he has served as a Systems Engineer in the servers and storage industry with EMC Corporation and as a Senior Engineer in the aerospace industry with the Boeing Company.
Madeleine Noland is the President of the Advanced Television Systems Committee Inc. Widely respected for her consensus-building leadership style, she chaired the ATSC technology group that oversees the ATSC 3.0 next-generation broadcast standard before being named ATSC President in May 2019. Previously, she chaired various ATSC 3.0-related specialist groups, ad hoc groups and implementation teams since 2012.
A 15-year industry veteran, Noland held key technology management and standards roles at Backchannelmedia Inc., Telvue Corp. and LG Electronics. She received TV NewsCheck's "2019 Futurist" Women in Technology Award and was named one of 2018's "Powerful Women in Consumer Technology" by Dealerscope magazine. In 2016, she received the ATSC’s highest technical honor, the Bernard J. Lechner Outstanding Contributor Award. She graduated cum laude from the University of Massachusetts
Ralph Brown founded Brown Wolf Consulting LLC after retiring from CableLabs® where he was CTO and responsible for leading CableLabs’ Research and Development staff in delivering innovative technology to the cable industry. In this role, he led research and development in a broad range of areas, including: Hybrid Fiber-Coax, Optical, and Wireless Network Technologies, as well as Open Source Software, Security, and Technology Policy. In this capacity, he was responsible for leading opportunities for convergence across all of CableLabs programs. During this period he also served on the Board of Directors for SCTE/ISBE, the Digital Living Network Alliance (DLNA), the Open Connectivity Foundation (OCF), and Kyrio®.
Prior to CableLabs, Mr. Brown worked for [email protected] as Chief Architect, Set-top Systems where he worked on broadband applications for set-top terminals and entertainment devices. Before joining [email protected], he worked for Time Warner Cable as Chief Software Architect in their Advanced Engineering Department where he worked on the Orlando Full Service Network and was a key contributor the Time Warner Cable Pegasus Program.
Mr. Brown earned a master’s degree in Electrical Engineering from Massachusetts Institute of Technology. His Master’s thesis was in the field of Speech Recognition. He received his bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering, Summa Cum Laude, from North Carolina State University.
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