John Pascarelli, Mediacom

It was a feather in all three of these gurus’ caps when Mediacom was selected as a U.S. Best Managed Company for the third year in a row last year in the Deloitte Private and The Wall Street Journal-sponsored program. Pascarelli, Stephan and Commisso Weinand were celebrated for their ability to execute, their leadership in corporate culture, their strategy prowess and Mediacom’s financial performance through it all. The trio had a hand in the transition of the Mediacom network in West Des Moines, Iowa, to the 10G platform, and the company signing on with Nokia to use Mediacom’s XGS-PON systems and equipment to support its new buildouts. Commisso Weinand was inducted into the Cable Hall of Fame Class of 2023, where she was lauded as a trailblazer and jill of all trades.

Was Charter’s Disney deal precedent setting? Yes, because it combines linear TV and over-the-top services. The deal will leverage Disney’s deep content library and the fundamental strength of one of America’s largest broadband networks. Customers should win.

My prediction for the $42 billion BEAD program: It’s going to be a slow gradual program to complete. There are a lot of complexities with rural construction.

Do you personally still have a traditional cable video package? Yes. It’s hard to teach an old dog new tricks. I like live sports and live news and a standard video package is still the best place to find that content.

TV series everyone should binge: The World War II Documentary on Netflix, “From the Frontlines.”

Favorite way to de-stress? Playing golf

Fast food guilty pleasure: Cheesesteak.

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