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Mitch Shapiro, the founder of Broadband Market Analysis, has been tracking and analyzing the telecom and media industries since the mid-1980s. He conducted pioneering studies on the impacts of the AT&T divestiture and the "narrowcasting" dynamic driven by rapid growth in cable TV and other media channels. From the beginning his focus has been understanding how today's trends lead to tomorrow's developments.

Since those early days of deregulation and channel expansion, Mitch has continued to work at the leading edge of broadband developments, as an independent consultant and author, and as a senior analyst with firms such as Paul Kagan Associates, Probe Research, Pangrac & Associates, and Pike & Fischer.

During the late '80s and early '90s, Mitch was among the first industry analysts to recognize the transformation of cable TV architectures and services promised by the introduction of AM fiber optics, and to model the growth of equipment, construction and service markets fueled by cable's migration to the hybrid fiber coaxial (HFC) architecture developed during that period.

Shortly after passage of the 1996 Telecommunications Act, Mitch authored a groundbreaking 375-page study entitled Superhighway Scenarios: An Analysis of Full Competition in the Local Loop. The report won praise as the most comprehensive and forward-looking analysis of emerging "triple-play" competitive markets in the wake of the Act's passage and cable's expanding deployment of HFC networks.

As the impacts of these and other industry changes have unfolded in the first decade of the 21st century, Mitch has continued to analyze broadband technologies, business models, financials and competitive dynamics. As the market has evolved, the scope of his analysis has expanded to include not only incumbent service providers and their suppliers, but also emerging facilities-based and web-based competitors. His work has also included analysis of broadband policy issues and the economic and social benefits of broadband, particularly fiber optic networks.

In 2009, Mitch founded Rural Fiber Works, which assists rural and municipal utilities in developing plans to deploy fiber optic networks. He is also a Senior Consultant with Strategic Networks Group (SNG) which specializes in helping communities, regions and states maximize and monitor the benefits of broadband investments, and a strategic advisor to Pulse Broadband, a leading provider of cost-effective open-access fiber-to-the-premise networks.

Mitch has a B.A. in Economics from the University of Michigan and an M.A. in Telecommunications from Michigan State University.

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