Pat McAdaragh

McAdaragh continues to lead Midco’s expansion, which includes a five-year initiative extending the Midco network to serve more than 9,500 homes and businesses throughout the Black Hills and Rapid City, South Dakota, and upgrading more than 20,000 homes and businesses in the same footprint. That’s not the only way Midco is serving The Mount Rushmore State. The Midco Arena hosted the state’s first-ever NCAA hockey game in January. It’s the result of a three-year collaboration between the company and Augustana University. Along with the naming rights sponsorship, Midco provided public WiFi, installed MidcoTV, set up the Midco Arena to broadcast Midco Sports and served as the inaugural game night sponsor.

Business speak phrase or buzzword I find most annoying: “My authentic self”—I assume you are your authentic self.

Which industry executive do you wish was running for president? SpongeBob SquarePants

My prediction for the $42 billion BEAD program: The money will be spent, and there will still be pockets of unserved locations. The questions are how many and why.

Summer Olympics event you most want to see in person? Track and field events. Dave, can I get tickets?

Was Charter’s Disney deal precedent setting? Yes. The streaming app is included in the deal.

The last thing A.I. got wrong was… I used AI to answer this question: Cruise Autonomous Vehicles Recalled After Crash: In November 2023, self-driving car manufacturer Cruise recalled its entire fleet of autonomous vehicles following a crash in San Francisco. During the accident, a Cruise vehicle dragged a pedestrian stuck underneath its tires into the road. A total of 950 Cruise cars were taken off the road after the incident1.These examples highlight the importance of understanding the limitations and risks associated with AI technology. While AI has made significant advancements, it is essential to remain vigilant and address any unintended consequences or errors that may arise.

What’s your position on Stanley cups (not the NHL kind)? Very useful at picnics.

What emerging industry trend are you most excited by? Next generation networks and apps

Which industry executive do you wish was running for president? SpongeBob SquarePants

Do you personally still have a traditional cable video package? Yes, I am an avid sports fan.

If you were a social media influencer, what product would you peddle? Detox for social media addicts

Book, movie or TV series that greatly influenced my leadership style: Peter Drucker’s book “The Effective Executive”

Favorite way to destress? Exercise and read

Fast food guilty pleasure: Chocolate chip cookie hot fudge sundae, with nuts and whipped cream and a maraschino cherry on top.

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