Thank to Jeff Hoel for providing the transcript for Episode 111 of the Community Broadband Bits podcast with Hunter Newby. Jeff provides transcripts of some of our conversations but does not necessarily endorse ideas expressed.
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Lisa Gonzalez: Hey there, and welcome again to the Community Broadband Bits Podcast from the Institute for Local Self-Reliance. I am Lisa Gonzalez.
This week, Hunter Newby, founder and CEO of Allied Fiber, returns to talk with Chris. If you caught our last interview with Hunter, you'll recall their conversation about the benefits of the carrier-neutral network model offered by Allied Fiber. In this interview, Chris and Hunter delve deeper into the concept of fiber as real estate, and how that concept can be expanded to bring better connectivity to every user -- government, business, and residential. As connectivity becomes more entrenched in our everyday activities, we need to recognize that a variety of models are available. There's no one-size-fits-all for local communities. Hunter and Allied Fiber offer one possible example and a launching point for future approaches.
Here are Chris and Hunter Newby from Allied Fiber.
Chris: Welcome to another edition of the Community Broadband Bits Podcast. I'm Chris Mitchell, and today, I'm back with Hunter Newby, the CEO and founder of Allied Fiber. Welcome to the show.
Hunter Newby: Thanks, Chris. Great to be back.
Chris: So, today, we're going to pick up where we left off, a little bit. Previously, we were speaking about your approach to backhaul -- this "fiber as real estate" carrier-neutral type facilities. And today we're going to be applying that more to local governments -- communities where they have residents that they want to connect rather than solving a backhaul type problem. And seeing as how we're recording this in the middle of the summer, thinking of movie blockbusters, I was thinking we could start by talking about -- if we had a city that was destroyed by an alien invasion that, as inventive humans, we beat back, and then we had to rebuild that city, what would we be doing in terms of having -- installing fiber in conduit at the beginning...Read more