30 episodes

Rural Broadband Today is a new podcast focused on one of the most important issues facing Rural America. It tells the stories of those working to bring broadband internet access within reach of every citizen. This interview-style show presents conversations with elected officials, industry experts and business leaders at the forefront of America’s efforts to solve the rural broadband challenge.

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Rural Broadband Today is a new podcast focused on one of the most important issues facing Rural America. It tells the stories of those working to bring broadband internet access within reach of every citizen. This interview-style show presents conversations with elected officials, industry experts and business leaders at the forefront of America’s efforts to solve the rural broadband challenge.

    The Challenges of Rural Broadband in Texas, With Mark Seale and Craig Cook

    The Challenges of Rural Broadband in Texas, With Mark Seale and Craig Cook

    Texas has seen great strides in expanding broadband infrastructure across the state. However, challenges with changing legislation, geography, supply chain issues and funding are hindering the important work.

    In this episode, Mark Seale, executive director of the Texas Telephone Association, and Craig Cook, general manager at HCTC, discuss these challenges that Texas is facing in deploying rural broadband and how they hope to overcome them.

    • 18 min
    Looking Back on a Ten-Year Electric-Telco Broadband Partnership in Minnesota, With John Twiest

    Looking Back on a Ten-Year Electric-Telco Broadband Partnership in Minnesota, With John Twiest

    John Twiest, CEO of Arrowhead Electric Cooperative, discussed a decade old partnership Arrowhead has with CTC to provide broadband in rural Minnesota.

    • 15 min
    Thinking Outside the Box to Fund a Fiber Build, With Fred Johnson

    Thinking Outside the Box to Fund a Fiber Build, With Fred Johnson

    Fred Johnson, CEO of Farmers Telecommunications Cooperative, discusses how FTC expanded into surrounding cities to help fund the fiber build in its cooperative service area.

    • 37 min
    Broadband Mapping for Rural America, With Bill Price

    Broadband Mapping for Rural America, With Bill Price

    The path forward for efficient and effective development of broadband in rural America depends largely on the accuracy and completeness of maps that depict the unserved and underserved areas of the country.

    Before becoming Vice President of Government Solutions at LightBox, Bill Price headed up Georgia’s ambitious mapping program. He joins “Rural Broadband Today” to discuss the future of that program and broadband availability, accessibility and affordability.

    • 27 min
    The Challenges of Rural Broadband, With John Greene

    The Challenges of Rural Broadband, With John Greene

    John Greene, CEO of New Lisbon Telephone Company, co-led a session at the 2021 Fiber Connect conference discussing rural broadband challenges. In this episode, John points out several problems with providing broadband to rural communities, including obstacles and issues at the local, state and federal levels.

    • 37 min
    The Adventure of Building a Broadband Network, With Kara Mullaley

    The Adventure of Building a Broadband Network, With Kara Mullaley

    Building a fiber network is not a one-size-fits-all solution. Kara Mullaley, Corning’s market development manager, was a 2021 Fiber Connect conference panelist on the topic of "Rural Electric Utilities Choose Their Own Broadband Adventure." In this episode, Kara recaps key issues that new ISPs should consider when choosing their own broadband adventure.

    • 12 min

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12 Ratings

12 Ratings

Stephen V. Smith ,

Telling the Rural Broadband Story

There’s never been more momentum behind addressing the challenge of broadband access in rural America. These interviews highlight the work being done to connect rural families and businesses to the power of broadband.

ericad7 ,

Relevant

Insightful interviews and a relevant issue.

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