2024 Kickoff with Principal of LaPerch Consulting, Bill LaPerch

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Date: January 24, 2024 at 12:00pm ET
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Bill LaPerch

During January’s webinar, Principal of LaPerch Consulting, Bill LaPerch, joined Carolyn Brandon and Jennifer Fritzsche to discuss the latest developments in the digital infrastructure space and the outlook for 2024. Some highlights:

  • The importance of digital infrastructure cannot be understated. Bill predicts it will become a utility like water and electricity.
  • Data centers are at the core of the latest growth trends in digital infrastructure as more entities are connecting data centers to each other.
  • Fiber continues to be critical for digital infrastructure but so is spectrum and electricity.
  • AI will exacerbate the proliferation of data centers.
  • The U.S. could be limiting the positive impact of BEAD funding by putting so many conditions on the funding.
  • State and federal officials are not aligned to how BEAD funding should be used, and this could blunt the impact of the investments.
  • Bill raised the issue of fiber not being the best solution in every situation such as in rural areas that can be served more quickly and efficiently with satellite or mobile.

Little Nuggets of Tech and Telecom — A Lunch Series with Jen and Carolyn is a monthly lunch time discussion series featuring national, international, and local experts from business, law, policy, and economics. For 30 minutes each month, Jen and Carolyn will pose a “What If?” question to analyze different scenarios and factors impacting our sector as they and their guests challenge the status quo on hot topics like how to close the digital divide, the myths of spectrum sharing, and the emerging use cases for 5G that might drive a new wave of growth and innovation in the U.S.