Mike Bowker

Years in Media & Broadband: 22

Education: BA, Communication, Boise State University; Stanford Graduate School of Business Executive Program

My personal superpower is: Building teams

My proudest professional achievement over the past 12 months is… How Cable One Associates never wavered in their commitment to our customers, despite all that 2020 brought us. Watching our team rise above challenge after challenge, including 3 hurricanes, 7 tornadoes and a global pandemic to name just a few, and never losing sight of connecting our customers and communities to what matters most was my proudest moment.

What habit are you keeping post-pandemic? My Audible account.

How does the country narrow the digital divide? I am proud of how our industry is working to narrow the digital divide by investing hundreds of millions of dollars into expanding our services, connecting schools and libraries and connecting the under/unserved, because it is the right thing to do. The pandemic showed how critical our services truly are. We are part of several industries that kept America running — enabling work, school, shopping, telemedicine, and staying virtually connected with family and friends. I am also proud to say that our industry met the needs of the country and the customers and communities we serve.

How has the pandemic forever changed programming? The convenience of searching for vast amounts of content on demand versus the traditional weekly lineup of broadcast TV. Viewers consume content differently now.

Your personal D&I epiphany? What it truly means to be an ally.

My comfort TV binge? “Yellowstone,” “Friends,” “The Office.”

Your pandemic theme song? “Brighter Days,” JJ Grey.

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