Rural Cloud Initiative Welcomes Industry Influencers to ACRES: Advisory Council for Rural Edge Solutions
BOULDER, Colo., July 1, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- The Fourth Industrial Revolution is poised to transform rural America with next-generation digital technologies that will revolutionize the ways data flows and information is accessed across the heartland. Helping to guide that effort will be a team of innovators and thought leaders whose collective expertise in the unique dynamics of the rural market and the boundary-pushing capabilities of edge compute technology will drive the development and deployment of technologies for rural industries.
The Rural Cloud Initiative (RCI), a unique coalition of telecom and edge innovation partners committed to promoting and accelerating the digital transformation of rural America, today announced the first group of industry thought leaders to join ACRES – the Advisory Council for Rural Edge Solutions. ACRES will be comprised of industry influencers, operators and stakeholders representing the ever-changing rural technology landscape. These executives will bring industry and legislative insight to the RCI, helping to shape strategy and evaluate rural market dynamics.
The inaugural ACRES council includes:
"I'm immensely proud to begin working with this team of innovators to help rural industries harness the power of 5G and edge compute to work more efficiently," said Caroline Chan, Vice President and General Manager of Intel's Network Business Incubator Division. "New digital capabilities like IoT connected devices, 5G networks and innovative applications will help make rural industries more globally competitive and stimulate economic investment in rural areas."
"It would be difficult to overstate the importance of timely deployments of high-bandwidth, low-latency edge and 5G services to the future of rural America," said John Nettles, President, Pine Belt Communications, Inc. "The formation of the Rural Cloud Initiative and the ACRES council, with the support of solution partners and local entities and jurisdictions, will ensure those services are deployed effectively and efficiently. Such partnerships will be critical in making the infrastructure investments and building the digital ecosystem needed to bring these advanced technologies to these areas – areas the rest of America depends on for so much of its existences and well-being."
SOURCE Rural Cloud Initiative
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