Meet the Harrison Edwards Team This Week at Great Lakes Connect

The broadband industry will convene this week in Fairlawn, Ohio for Great Lakes Connect (GLC). GLC is the first major broadband industry conference from spanning from Wisconsin to Ohio and has attracted economic development, municipal, and other industry leaders in the Midwest and across the United States. Fairlawn is home to one of the nation's new gigabit-speed fiber network that is off to a successful start. Over 200 are expected to attend the inaugural GLC event, which is organized by the same team that produces the wildly-popular Mountain Connect. Harrison Edwards is proud to be a media sponsor and has a team on-site will to meet with telecom providers and local and regional officials.

HealthlinkNY Responds to False Claims by Hixny

In response to yesterday’s press release by Hixny, a New York State Qualified Entity (QE) based in the Adirondacks, Staci Romeo, Executive Director of HealthlinkNY, came out strongly today against Hixny’s planned expansion into HealthlinkNY’s service area in the Hudson Valley, Catskills, and Southern Tier of New York State. “The truth is that an unnecessary expansion into this service area compromises the effectiveness of the Health Information Exchange [HIE],” said Romeo. “Hixny’s claims against HealthlinkNY’s impact and progress are completely unfounded and sound like a case of sour grapes after being passed over during our search for a strategic partner.” Romeo was referring to the fact t

People Escape With Their Lives, But Not With Their Medication

With Hurricane Florence making landfall, hospitals are evacuating patients to other facilities and bracing for an influx of people who will sustain injuries in the storm. Shelters have filled with storm victims, including some who escaped flood waters without their medications. It's a dangerous scenario health officials encounter time and time again, spending countless hours trying to piece together incomplete patient medical records to provide life-saving treatment and medications to patients. In 2011, when massive flooding displaced thousands in the Binghamton, New York area. Broome County health officials were faced with triaging thousands of evacuees with incomplete medical information.

"Alexa, How Can Brands Capitalize on Smart Speaker Technology?"

Tech giant Adobe has announced that just about half of U.S. households will have at least one smart speaker by the end of 2018. It's also anticipated that Smart Speakers will be a hot holiday item this winter, too. Any why not? Smart speakers do everything from playing music (its most popular feature) to providing weather and news updates. What does this mean for brands? Quite a bit, actually. Right now, only 30% of Smart Speaker owners use their devices to purchase products, but that's likely to change. "We're at the very beginning of the process," explains Jennifer Galluzzo, Digital Marketing Director, Harrison Edwards. "As brands learn to properly code their websites for voice search, dig

Hot Take: Google Fiber's Opportunity

A recent article by Blair Levin and Larry Downes in the Harvard Business Review makes the case that Google Fiber is high-speed internet's most successful failure. The authors point out that although Google grossly underestimated capital expenditures and the speed of the regulatory process, it was successful at disrupting the $60 billion broadband industry. Google's very presence spurred innovation, triggered scores of cities to re-think their communications needs, and jolted other providers into action. Google Fiber has paused its deployment activity for now but that doesn't mean there isn't opportunity. "They're why we're in the space today," says Brian Snider, Network Design Practice Area

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