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Sharing the Rural Broadband Story with the House Energy and Commerce Committee

Sharing the Rural Broadband Story with the House Energy and Commerce Committee

With a pending weather report calling for snow (and let’s be honest, the mere threat of snow tends to turn DC into a tizzy), I made sure that this morning was an early-rising adventure with the opportunity to testify before the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Communications and Technology on the agenda mid-morning. While the advanced planning on the travel front ended up being unnecessary, the opportunity to share some thoughts on rural broadband deployment – the challenges with…

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Senate Broadband Caucus Speaks Up For Broadband Funding

Senate Broadband Caucus Speaks Up For Broadband Funding

  The fabulous Senate Broadband Caucus, led by Senators Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.), Angus King (I-Maine), Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.), Heidi Heitkamp (D-N.D.) and John Boozman (R-Ark.), sent a letter today to President Donald Trump urging his administration to include stand-alone funding for rural broadband deployment in any future infrastructure plans. The letter emphasizes policy priorities that are part of a broader, ongoing dialogue about how best to support and sustain robust broadband services in rural America. “Prioritizing direct funding support for broadband deployment in…

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Resolutions for Rural Broadband in 2018

Resolutions for Rural Broadband in 2018

Every conversation we have in DC these days seems to end with policymakers asking what they can do to help overcome rural broadband challenges.  Unfortunately, the issue is so complex that it can be hard to come up with a single set of policy prescriptions that works – and with so much interest in the topic, it seems like everyone wants to put their own stamp on the topic with unique proposals. Representing companies and cooperatives that have more experience…

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Cyber Month….Are You Ready?

Cyber Month….Are You Ready?

The more I hear about cyber threats and the “spot on” but frightening adage that it’s not “if” but “when” you’ll be impacted by an attack, the more I am motivated to ensure that NTCA stays in front of our membership pushing cyber awareness. How appropriate that our upcoming Cybersecurity Summit will take place next week – smack in the middle of Cybersecurity Awareness Month. The location is central, in Kansas City, in the early part of next week and…

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Oh Give Me A Home….

Oh Give Me A Home….

It’s the last regional of the year as we kick off in Jackson, Wyoming this week.  We’re between seasons here in Jackson which means the room rates are hovering at $100 a night or about double the price of valet parking at a DC hotel, the streets are a tad quiet and the snow fell beautifully the other evening as I lugged my parka gladly around with me for this meeting.  In addition, NTCA member SilverStar Communications serves in the…

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National Farmers Day

National Farmers Day

October 12 was National Farmers Day and it recalled for me the time an NTCA member was making a passionate plea with a Hill staffer on the role that broadband plays in rural America and how that use of technology  feeds into a more robust agriculture economy.  He was stopped in his tracks when the staffer informed him that most of what he was saying was irrelevant because food actually comes from a store. Hmmmm.  It sounds like there is…

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A Ton of Topics Covered at Fall Conference!

A Ton of Topics Covered at Fall Conference!

Just jumped on the NE Regional train heading back to DC after a few really excellent days in Philadelphia for NTCA’s Fall Conference.  A little tired but really pleased with the level of engagement from our membership, the full rooms for all of the sessions and the number of questions that were raised as folks pondered FCC activity, Capitol Hill advocacy, partnership possibilities, the role of fiber in 5G deployments, competitive workplace culture shifts, moving from a processing to selling…

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Talking Broadband in the Land of Oz with Chairman Pai

Talking Broadband in the Land of Oz with Chairman Pai

Kudos to SITA and the rural broadband providers in Kansas (and most notably Stacy Simmer) who organized an amazing Broadband Summit here today in Wichita, Kansas that not only drew members of the Kansas Congressional delegation but also Chairman Pai from the FCC.  With a room filled with not only these key providers but also with economic development experts, local officials and digital entrepreneurs, conversations ranged from “how to” strategies to laying out the challenges and opportunities in the rural…

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Commissioner O’Rielly Hopes For Fast FCC Action On USF Punchlist And Thoughtful On Funding

Commissioner O’Rielly Hopes For Fast FCC Action On USF Punchlist And Thoughtful On Funding

And so does NTCA.  That’s why we were so pleased to hear this week the Commissioner’s remarks noting that “Since the order was released, I continue to hear from providers and associations that the rate-of-return framework is sound and not unduly complicated.  At the same time, providers and their associations identified a handful of technical matters…as promised, I have pressed FCC staff from the very start to quickly address any legitimate issues that have arisen.”  That is certainly good news…

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Great Places for Innovators…Rural America, Of Course!

Great Places for Innovators…Rural America, Of Course!

I opened up my emails this morning to a message from John Scott, the CEO/GM of Bulloch Telecom Coop down in Georgia regarding some national press that Bulloch received today so I quickly opened up the link to a story in Forbes entitled “Quit Your Job: 7 Places In The U.S. So Cheap You Can Afford To Be An Entrepreneur”.  The premise of the article from a millennial digital entrepreneur was the hunt that she and her fiancé went through…

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