Bob Thompson, Underline CEO, Journey into Broadband, Open Access, and Post-Covid challenges
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In this episode, we speak to Bob Thompson, the founder and CEO of Underline. Bob shares his interesting journey from banker to medic to community infrastructure advocate—working to solve the problem of internet infrastructure and connectivity in the US. We dig into the open access model and he helps us understand a different way to think about OANs compared to the historical and European views. We talk about the importance of sustainable fiber infrastructure, and how communities and private partnerships can be facilitated through transparency and collaboration. We talk about the impact COVID on service providers, communities, and citizens, and how Bob sees the future of high-speed connectivity, post the COVID challenge.

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