Joe Freddoso

COO
Mighty River LLC

Joe Freddoso- Co-Founder and COO– Mighty River, LLC.  Mighty River was founded by April and Joe Freddoso in July 2014 as an advise and do company in the broadband infrastructure space.  Mighty River clients include the Universal Service Administrative Company (USAC). Through USAC, Mighty River provides fiber special construction subject matter expertise and to engage with States, Schools Districts and Libraries throughout the country on meeting their need for affordable, scalable broadband.

In July 2014, Joe completed a 7-year stint as President and CEO of MCNC.  MCNC operates the North Carolina Research and Education Network (NCREN), which provides broadband connectivity to most Community Anchor Institutions in North Carolina (all of K-20 public education, most research organizations, many non-profit hospitals and public health clinics.)   Under Joe’s leadership, MCNC quadrupled its revenue, grew NCREN's connector community by 700% and now possesses a book value of over one quarter billion dollars.

Also, during Joe’s time at MCNC, the organization completed a $144 million expansion of NCREN, called the Golden LEAF  Rural Broadband Initiative (GLRBI). This was funded by a $40 million private fund raising effort and the successful application for two rounds of Broadband Technologies Opportunities Program funding totaling $104 million.  This expansion included building over 1800 miles of new fiber optic infrastructure, acquiring 800 miles of fiber optic infrastructure through Indefeasible Right to Use (IRU) agreements and adding these fiber assets to the NCREN network.  The result is an NCREN that covers over 80% of North Carolina’s counties. 

Joe led the effort to negotiate the fiber leases as the lessee and the lessor and all types of lit service, colocation, above the net services arrangements.  MCNC successfully IRU'd to broadband service providers worth over $15 million of fiber on the GLRBI. Joe and MCNC were recognized as White House Champions of Change in 2012 and Computer World Laureates in 2013 for their efforts.

Freddoso has also served in senior executive roles at Cisco, Turner Broadcasting, LLC, Walt Disney World and for several entities in the Olympic movement including as President and CEO of the 1999 Special Olympics World Summer Games.

 

 

April 8-11, 2019

Renaissance Hotel in Austin, Texas

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  Unique Opportunity to Network with Broadband Systems Operators*
*Includes Telcos - Private, CLECs, ILECs; Cable Operators; Wireless Broadband Operators, Property Managers, Developers, Owners, REITs, Universities, Colleges
49%
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  Government/Legal 12%
  Consultants, Contractors 10%
  System Installers, Service Providers 8%
  Financial Advisers, Institutions, Investors 3%

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