In the world of broadband, connectivity is everything.
Peter Pizzutillo, of ETI Software Solutions, knew there had to be a way to connect people from all walks of life—broadband or otherwise—to discuss trends, struggles and the future of the industry. That’s why he and his colleagues at ETI started The Broadband Bunch, a podcast where hosts Craig Corbin—also of ETI— and Pizzutillo interview industry leaders to get their opinions on a variety of different topics.
They were inspired after they realized there was nothing out there like it.
“Sitting down to have real conversations with people is simply more consumable,” Pizzutillo said. “Looking at the podcast market, [fiber broadband] is underserved. There are a lot of true crime and business tech options, but when we started looking at what’s happening in broadband right now and connectivity in general – there’s nothing.”
Podcasts seemed like a perfect medium to reach the broadband community. From a basic perspective, as our connectivity becomes better thanks to fiber, more people will have access to high-speed internet. Podcasts are typically downloaded over or consumed on streaming platforms, so the two go hand-in-hand.
Also, podcasts are about storytelling. Anyone who works in fiber knows it’s full of rich stories, Pizzutillo said.
“People are affected by connectivity,” he said. “We hear stories all the time of a guy who moved to a town and couldn’t get good internet, so he laid some cable down and all of a sudden he’s got his neighbors asking how they can get it too. People in this industry have a desire to invest in their communities, and those are refreshing stories.”
The format for the Broadband Bunch right now consists of one-on-one and group interviews. While they hope to start doing more in-depth shows, he believes the casual format of the show makes it really consumable and interesting.
“Everyone you listen has their own flavor,” he said. “Everyone brings something new—my brain needs that type of variety to keep entertained. It keeps it fresh, and videos don’t always have that.”
He said as the podcast grows in popularity, they hope to get more industry heavy hitters on for interviews. Right now, though, all the feedback he’s received has been extremely positive. While people tuning in is great for the show itself, he’s more hopeful people will find value in the content of the episodes.
“Our goal is to show our audience the potential that broadband and connectivity has on our communities and on us as people,” he said. “We not only want to share the innovative technology that’s available but also the hardworking people that are making it a reality.”
You can subscribe to the Broadband Bunch on your favorite podcast platform, including Spotify and IHeartRadio.