Fred Pilot

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Industry Telecommunications
Location El Dorado County, California, United States
Introduction In the late 1980s and early 1990s, I grew fascinated by the rapid evolution of personal computing and telecommunications and particularly their ability to virtually shrink time and distance. This is a society-altering trend that improves the quality of lives for millions as well as the environment by reducing transportation demand. In a world of digital communications, knowledge workers can interact with employers, colleagues and clients regardless of location. However, in much of the United States, the so-called "last mile" telecommunications infrastructure that brings advanced digital services to homes and small businesses is incomplete, inadequate and overly reliant on copper wire designed for a bygone era of analog "plain old telephone" service. Former U.S. Federal Communications Commission Chairman Julius Genachowski has described the build out of modern, digital telecommunications infrastructure to serve nearly all Americans no matter where they make their homes and businesses as the "critical infrastructure challenge of our generation." This blog is dedicated to the exploration of strategies and methods to meet this challenge.
Interests I'm interested in the build out of the local access telecommunications network infrastructure in the U.S. -- the so-called "last mile." I'm particularly interested actions by local governments, cooperatives, utility districts, public-private partnerships and other entities to develop alternative business models to replace or augment legacy proprietary telco and cable systems in the transition to open access, Internet-protocol based systems.