It literally has taken a village, but I could not be more excited about the paths that we are looking to create and the partners we have at our side as we all launched the effort today to promote collaboration in rural broadband deployment. Whether working with neighboring rural electric cooperatives who are not served by NTCA’s independent broadband providers or local communities also left out of the digital divide by large providers who are not interested in providing the service, our hope – along with NISC, NRTC and CFC – all leaders in the rural utility industry- is to find a way to create a path of partnerships to bring broadband deployment to rural Americans who need access to the service.
While there will be no right or left swiping on this site, there will be an opportunity for those in need to share what they are looking forward and NTCA then commits to doing all that we can to put the pieces and the players together.
Stay tuned for more information on how we are looking to connect those willing and able to provide the services (particularly if the right public policy decisions are made) with those who truly need access to our connected economy. My sincere thanks to Vern Dosch and Jasper Schneider at NISC for their technical support and leadership and to Sheldon Peterson at CFC and Tim Bryant at NRTC for seeing the importance of finding connecting some critical dots that could impact the future of rural communities and can be a win-win for the rural utility universe.