Knowledge Exchange

Industry Centers of Excellence


The Communications Center of Excellence focuses on the many facets of the rural communications industry, including the wireline, wireless, and cable segments. The group also examines the wide-ranging effects of regulatory and legislative actions on the rural communications marketplace.

Center of Excellence Members 
Parrish Frugé, Credit Supervisor, and Center of Excellence Chair
Ron Blissett, Lead Credit Officer
Clay Curry, Senior Credit Officer
Mike Harder, Senior Credit Officer
Omar Oronia, Credit Analyst
Michael Robbins, Credit Analyst
Sarah Tyree, Vice President, Policy & Public Affairs
Dan Kowalski, VP/Division Manager, Knowledge Exchange

Recent Communications Research Reports
Telecom Network Evolution and its Impact on the Rural Telecom Industry
2016 USF Reform – Further Implementation of the 2011 USF/ICC Transformation Order
The Evolution and Reinvention of Rural Telecom Networks
Rural America Prospers on High-Speed Internet and Connectivity
Farmers Harvest Gigabytes with Broadband and Wireless Technology
Bridging the Rural/Urban Digital Divide
Home Automation – Converting the Cable Industry's Triple Play into a Homerun
Transforamtion Order Report Card
Cable Embraces Shifting Competitive Landscape
SaaS and UCaaS - New Opportunities for Rural Service Providers
Is the Cloud Eclipsing the PC?
Data Centers: The Business of E-Warehouses
Survival of the Fittest: The Transformation of the Communications Industry

If you would like to obtain a copy of any one of KED’s research reports, please either contact your CoBank relationship manager or send an e-mail to the Knowledge Exchange Division at

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