Rhode Island’s Network Infrastructure Considering COVID-19: Do We Have Enough Capacity?

  Tech Collective’s RI CIO Forum Presents: 

Rhode Island’s Network Infrastructure 

Considering COVID-19: Do We Have Enough Capacity? 


When: Tuesday, March 24th 
Time:  9:00 am – 10:01
Location: Virtual Venture Café – Using ZOOM 
Panelists: Cox Communications. OSHEAN. Verizon. RI DOIT
Moderator: TBD 


About This Event: 

Considering COVID-19: Do We Have Enough Capacity? 

The Tech Collective is RI’s technology industry association. One of our leadership groups is our RI CIO Forum.  In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, we have been sharing successes, concerns, and lessons learned regarding the current work from home (WFH) situation.  With more people working from home, will our companies be able to support the increased work from home environment?    One risk raised was concerns about the capacity of Rhode Island’s network infrastructure.  Can it handle everyone working from home, children watching movies or playing data intensive games all at the same time? We have assembled a team of experts to answer our questions about the capacity of RI network infrastructure.  

Some of the questions might be; 

  • What is the capacity of Rhode Island’s network infrastructure?  
  • Are ISPs throttling back their home customer base?  Are they mandating that their customers stay within their contract bandwidths?  
  • Are ISPs opening up bandwidth to everyone due to the economic uncertainty? 
  • Could the network handle everyone in RI working from home? 



9:00 am – Introductions
9:05 am – Panel Discussion  
9:35 – Q&A

About the Panelists 

David C. Marble: 

David Marble is the President and CEO of OSHEAN Inc. in North Kingstown, Rhode Island. David brings over 30 years of experience in technology companies. He is experienced in operations planning, budget development and management as well as technical planning and project management. David is also Secretary of the Board of Directors for the Northeast Research and Education Network (NEREN) and The Quilt (The National REN coalition). David was the co-founder and director of operations of the Association for Authentic, Experiential and Evidence-Based Learning (AAEEBL). AAEEBL established affiliations and collaborations with nearly all worldwide ePortfolio initiatives and cultivated membership of over one hundred academic institutions. He is also the founding member of MetaLearning, a strategic consulting group working in the use of technology for advanced learning environments. From 2001- 2007, David was the Chief Operating Officer and VP of Business Development for TAZZ Networks working in policy networking and prior to that was VP of Optical Networks for Lucent.  

Michele Cinquegrano: 

 Michele Cinquegrano  is the Regional Director of State Government Affairs for Verizon. In that role, Michele has responsibility for the relationships with all municipalities, state government agencies and lobbying in Rhode Island.
A native Rhode Islander, Michele is a graduate of LaSalle Academy and Providence College. Michele began her career with New England Telephone Company in 1993 as a central office technician and has held a variety of positions with Verizon over the last 27 years.
Michele serves on the Board of the Met School and is member of the RIPEC Board of Directors. She volunteers her time serving as a Mentor at the San Miguel Middle School in Providence and conducting digital educational workshops within the mature adult community. 


Ross L. Nelson 

Ross L Nelson Vice President, Cox BusinessCox Communications Northeast Region 

Ross L. Nelson has nearly thirty years of telecommunications industry experience, currently serving as Vice President Cox Business for the Northeast region. As vice president Mr. Nelson establishes and leads the company’s commercial business strategy in Rhode Island, Connecticut and Cleveland. 

Cox Business is the commercial division of Cox Communications which provides a full portfolio of security, voice, data and video services to more than 240,000 business customers in Cox markets across the U.S., including small businesses, multi-location enterprises, regional healthcare providers and federal, state and local government organizations. In 2007, Cox became the first multiple system cable operator to enter the top tier of U.S. business Ethernet providers, according to Vertical System Group. They were also the first multi-system operator to launch a fully hosted VoIP platform in 2008. 

Mr. Nelson joined Cox Business in 2000, and previously served as director of sales for the region. During his sales leadership tenure, Cox Business has experienced consistent and strong growth. He began his sales career in telecommunications with MCI in 1990, and then moved on to holding major sales account roles for PaeTec Communications as well as AT&T. 

Mr. Nelson is an active member of the community, serving on several national advisory boards for Cox Business. He also serves on community boards including the Greenwood Credit Union, Providence Foundation, Junior Achievement of Rhode Island Executive Council, Pawtucket Foundation, Northern RI Chamber of Commerce, Farm Fresh RI, Roger Williams University Gabelli School of Business and Cox Charities. He is a past member of the Northern Rhode Island Chamber of Commerce where he is also a past Chairman of the Executive Committee. Nelson is a past president of both the Rotary Club of Attleboro and the Friends of Capron Park Zoo. Over the course of his career he has earned numerous national awards for his sales and leadership excellence. 

Mr. Nelson leads the Cox Business Get Started RI event annually. This event selects six entrepreneurs and/or start-ups to compete in front of four expert judges for a grand prize package worth $50,000. He is a passionate supporter and promoter of RI’s entrepreneurs and business start-up community. He has been a judge with MassChallenge’s Pitch Roast competition and the 2019 Cohort. He is also a Business Mentor with Venture Mentoring Services of RI. 

Mr. Nelson resides in Attleboro, Massachusetts with his wife and three daughters. He is a 1988 graduate from Bryant University and a 2006 graduate from Leadership Rhode Island. 

Thank you to our Panelists and Their Companies: 


Sponsored by: 

Venture Café 

Bridge Technical Talent