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Welcome to All Day Digital, a CoBank podcast series dedicated to the U.S. telecommunications sector. Hosted by Jeff Johnston, lead communications economist with CoBank’s Knowledge Exchange, All Day Digital connects you with industry executives and thought leaders for timely insights and in-depth market analysis.

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Welcome to All Day Digital, a CoBank podcast series dedicated to the U.S. telecommunications sector. Hosted by Jeff Johnston, lead communications economist with CoBank’s Knowledge Exchange, All Day Digital connects you with industry executives and thought leaders for timely insights and in-depth market analysis.

    Rural Broadband Operators on the Front Lines of National Security

    Rural Broadband Operators on the Front Lines of National Security

    From Virginia to Alaska, the U.S. government is boosting national security investments, creating new opportunities and challenges for rural broadband operators. Telecom investor and Army veteran Chad Crank warns that as world geopolitics become increasing unstable, the U.S. government should work with the private sector to reduce risks from bad actors.

    • 23 min
    Why Rural America is the Training Ground for AI

    Why Rural America is the Training Ground for AI

     Over the last two years, more data has been created than in all of human history combined, and it’s not slowing down.The “compute” phase of generative artificial intelligence — when computers are learning from other computers — doesn’t need to be near where the application is used. But it does take a lot of energy. In this episode of All Day Digital, data center investor Alexey Teplukhin explains why rural markets are ideal for this function.

    • 30 min
    Leaving No Stone Unturned, Wisconsin ISPs Explore All BEAD Options

    Leaving No Stone Unturned, Wisconsin ISPs Explore All BEAD Options

    Despite the uncertainties around BEAD implementation, it’s a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity rural operators should consider. In this episode of All Day Digital, Solarus CEO Justin Huebner outlines how his Wisconsin co-op is doing its homework, from collaborating with other operators to outsourcing assets to other participants in the Broadband Equity Access and Deployment Program.

    • 26 min
    Why Fixed Wireless is Where Operators Should Focus

    Why Fixed Wireless is Where Operators Should Focus

    Whether rural or national, the growth opportunity for all wireless operators is in fixed wireless, says expert Tim Courtney with Further Enterprise Solutions. In this episode of All Day Digital, he points rural operators to BEAD funding as a strategy to offer fixed wireless where fiber does not make sense. 

    • 25 min
    The Data Center Surge Rides on Rural Power

    The Data Center Surge Rides on Rural Power

    Thanks to the emergence of artificial intelligence, demand for data centers is red hot. Data centers run on power-hungry chips, so they are locating to rural America – where the electricity is. In this episode of All Day Digital, Alan Bezoza, a managing director at DigitalBridge Investment Management, explains how the main requirement for cloud computing switched from adequate building space to power. 

    • 26 min
    Rural Broadband Jeopardized by USF Legal Threats

    Rural Broadband Jeopardized by USF Legal Threats

    The Universal Service Fund, an FCC program that ensures connectivity in rural America, is being challenged in U.S. federal circuit court. The outcome could be disruptive for rural telecom operators who rely on USF support. In this episode of All Day Digital, the former executive director of the FCC’s National Broadband Plan, Blair Levin, explains the situation and urges rural communities to be informed.

    • 24 min

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