The COVID-19 pandemic has accelerated the transition to working from home and has highlighted the importance of broadband to our communities – rural and urban. Increases in work-at-home, remote schooling, telemedicine, and other social-distancing efforts have revealed broadband service gaps and their impacts. Given this new pressure on the broadband infrastructure, we have seen an increase […]
Rural broadband presents a huge opportunity for electric utilities, but a successful deployment requires valid upfront assumptions, appropriate material selection, and code compliant installations. Whether you are determining if broadband is in your utility’s future or are already moving forward into broadband, there are some key engineering items that we highly suggest being considered.
The interest in electric utility broadband deployments has been on a resurgence in the past few years. Many utilities that have entered the broadband business have sought partnerships with private providers while others have stood up a stand-alone broadband business operated by utility staff. This session presents a balance of the challenges and considerations in […]
The recent transition to working from home has put a spotlight on the value of broadband and fiber to residential members. Power System Engineering (PSE) has been working with cooperatives for years in exploring broadband feasibility as well as refining business practices in expanding offerings. PSE will share their insights through webinars scheduled at for […]
Midwestern states’ economies have been severely impacted by businesses stoppage due the COVID-19 pandemic lockdowns. The shutdown of businesses has led to over 3.7 million unemployment claims in the region, as of the end of April (see Table 1). Unemployment claims are the highest in Michigan and Ohio, with key steel and auto industries closures. […]