Jeff JohnstonLead Economist, Communications
Jeff Johnston is a lead communications economist in CoBank’s Knowledge Exchange research division, where he focuses on the communications industry. His work revolves around identifying emerging technologies, business models, risks and opportunities within the industry, and providing strategic analyses to both internal and external stakeholders.
Prior to joining CoBank in 2018, Mr. Johnston was an equity analyst covering the tech, media and telecom sectors. Jeff has also held various senior management positions in the telecommunications industry. He earned his Bachelor of Science degree from York University and he is also CFA charterholder.
The wireless tower industry is in the midst of several cross currents that represent both opportunities and threats.
On July 23, 2020, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) will start its highly anticipated CBRS auction for the licensed portion of the spectrum band.
Broadband operators are seeing a 20-40% increase in data traffic where a shelter in place order has been issued. This is putting undue stress on rural communication networks.
Keeping Us Connected, Our Lights On, and Our Pantries Full
Coronavirus Testing Labor and Supply Chains of Essential Rural Industries
The beginning of a new quarter finds us in unparalleled times – a pandemic ravaging the world, the U.S. economy in shutdown, millions of Americans out of work, and financial markets in turmoil.
The coronavirus and the measures to prevent its spread are wreaking havoc for all Americans. But for those living in rural America, the disruption is even worse.
Sprint – T-Mobile Merger Takeaways
Q1 2020: Trade Resolutions Boost Optimism for a New Year
Investors Take Aim at Fiber-Rich Operators
Pay-TV Operators: To Cut or Not to Cut?
5G What Does One More G Mean to You
Global economic growth continues to slide, as tariffs drag on global trade and manufacturing.
The wireless industry is embarking on a new unlicensed spectrum sharing business model that will help the likes of wireless internet service providers (WISPs), rural local exchange carriers (RLECs), and electric distributor co-ops build fixed wireless networks in rural America.
As organizations look for cost-effective ways to manage their IT operations, the hybrid cloud offers an attractive alternative to on-premise data centers.
U.S. agriculture is poised for serious challenges for the remainder of 2019.
The Year Ahead for the U.S. Rural Economy in 2019
The U.S. economy is still performing well by most key measures. However, consumers, investors, companies and other market participants have become more wary about the near-term future with seemingly good reason.
Q1 2019: Agriculture Limps into 2019
FirstNet Brings New Opportunities for Rural Operators
FirstNet will enable rural wireless operators to evolve their business model with AT&T to a co-locate/backhaul structure versus just a roaming relationship, which opens the door to new long-term recurring revenue opportunities.