Jay Allbaugh, Cox

Years in industry: 36 years

Education: East Central Oklahoma State University; Graduate school: Southern Illinois University

With the country fighting COVID-19, Allbaugh is doing his part to make sure the Northeast region stays connected. Not only does that include blasting out gigabit speed-capable broadband, but shepherding nearly 1100 employees. He is especially proud at how quickly his team pivoted to handle the surge of utilization during the pandemic. At the same time, Allbaugh is working closely with local communities to support them through the crisis. One recent example is $35,000 in financial support from Cox for the Rhode Island Department of Education and the Community College of Rhode Island to assist with equipment purchases for low-income students to enable distance learning.

The COVID-19 pandemic forever changed my perspective on: COVID-19 has impacted my perspective on many fronts. Most broadly, the sense that we are not impenetrable.

How has the pandemic shaped the industry’s future?
It shined an enormous spotlight on the value of telehealth and the pivotal role broadband is going to play in the delivery of healthcare.

Without sports on TV, I have…
been reading more news online and consumed a few novels.

When restaurants open back up, my first stop will be…
La Masseria – the finest Italian restaurant in the Northeast.

Last content I streamed:
“Jack Ryan” on Amazon

Working from home has taught me…
Connectivity is more important than ever.

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