Years in Media & Broadband: 24
Education: University of Nebraska
My personal superpower is: Hair growth
What habit are you keeping post-pandemic? The hybrid work model. Access to fiber internet really makes work possible anywhere, and I think that will have positive impacts nationwide as we evolve our work environments.
What sort of broadband will the average U.S. household need in five years? More than they think. The pandemic has brought greater awareness to broadband needs across the country. Those in our industry have always understood the impact and the need but now the rest of the world is learning that just like water and electricity, we need reliable broadband too. I think households will continue to increase their usage and providers better be able to keep up. The majority of our ALLO customers subscribe to our 500 Mbps service with the option to upgrade to a Gig but we’re already looking into 10 Gig and 100 Gig to stay ahead of the curve.
How does the country narrow the digital divide? I think the FCC’s Emergency Broadband Benefit Program is a step in the right direction. We have to first address the lack of access, starting with the current federal minimum upload speed of 3 Mbps. We need to update our national standards for broadband and then work together to make it affordable and accessible to all.