The Divide: WeLink's John Paul Farmer on bringing affordable broadband to cities

In this episode, we hear from John Paul Farmer, chief innovation officer at WeLink Cities, and the former chief technology officer of New York City. We discuss the fixed wireless technology WeLink is using to deploy broadband in cities, and the company's efforts to deliver affordable service. We also get into WeLink's new Cities Challenge: a $100 million effort to partner with cities on rapid broadband deployments.

Here are a few things discussed in this episode:

  • Background on WeLink and its approach to fixed wireless access (00:48)
  • How that approach differs from other FWA providers like T-Mobile and Starry (03:10)
  • Where and how WeLink is best placed to solve digital divide issues (04:46)
  • WeLink's Cities Challenge: what it is and how cities can participate (06:10)
  • Perspective on "fiber-first" federal funding (10:50)
  • What Farmer learned from working on NYC's Internet Master Plan (12:52)

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Nicole Ferraro, site editor, Broadband World News; senior editor, global broadband coverage, Light Reading. Host of "The Divide" on the Light Reading Podcast.

5/27/2022 |
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