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A Workplace’s Best Asset? Your staff!

A Workplace’s Best Asset? Your staff!

It really doesn’t matter if you’re a trade association, a start up, an RLEC or a corporation – at the end of the day, your most valuable asset are the staff that you have on board.  That is why we think a great deal about what it takes to keep them happy, healthy, productive…and safe. To that end, we just completed our mandatory series of training for our teams – in Arlington, in Asheville, North Carolina and around the country on…

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WWW.NTCA.ORG 2.0!

WWW.NTCA.ORG 2.0!

I’m not one to set unrealistic resolutions for the new year (no huge self-improvement plans on my to-do list!) yet as the calendar turns I find myself drawn to setting goals, writing them down, and then holding myself accountable to achieving them. An ongoing goal of NTCA is to create a more valuable online presence for the association, our members and the rural broadband industry, and we recently took a giant step toward achieving that with the launch of new websites for…

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With a little bit of Luck

With a little bit of Luck

As we careen into the holiday season, it has been amazing to me the number of folks I have spoken or interacted with who are all in the same position – feeling like we are hurtling over the finish line of 2017 instead of easing into the holiday spirit.  Maybe it’s the timing of the holidays, falling on Mondays, maybe it is simply that we have more and more to do and with (what feels like) less time in which…

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Strong Markets and Management Benefit NTCA Benefit Plans

Strong Markets and Management Benefit NTCA Benefit Plans

This is a week that is devoted to NTCA benefit plans as I joined our GHP as well as our R&S/Savings Plan Trustees for a series of meetings as we wrap up the year with a review of the progress these plans have made to continue to offer top quality, flexible benefit plans to NTCA members and their employees.  As the industry continues to deal with challenges on the USF funding front and what that means for network deployments, our…

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Let’s Go Shopping!

Let’s Go Shopping!

Ok – it’s not quite like the supposedly super deal that are available on Black Friday (although I find those sales to seldom be worth the effort, traffic or crowds!) but here at NTCA we have our own e-store and in addition to the FRS glossery of communications terms, NTCA Compensation and Benefits survey, we also have available now our NTCA Cyber Source. The 2017 Cyber Source was rolled out a few weeks ago at our Cybersecuirty Summit and provides…

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Working On Behalf Of Small Broadband Providers Who Are Working On Behalf of Rural America

Working On Behalf Of Small Broadband Providers Who Are Working On Behalf of Rural America

The NTCA and SMC board of directors were in town this week for our big fall meeting where we review year-end activity, review the financial position of the association, approve the 2018 budgets and review strategic plans for the upcoming year.  Both boards do a great deal of heavy lifting on behalf of the association and our membership and we certainly could not do our work without their service and support. The NTCA board spent a great deal of time…

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The Importance of Getting Out of DC

The Importance of Getting Out of DC

Talk about just what I needed!  I have been in talks with DirectLink President Paul Hauer out in Oregon for a few months now trying to coordinate calendars to see what I can do about getting out to his part of the world to see what he and his innovative team has been up to.  Given that Paul is a member of our Future’s Group as well as someone that I regularly use to bounce ideas and programming thoughts around…

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Trick or Treat!

Trick or Treat!

There is something special about the buzz in the air on Halloween….or maybe it’s just from consuming so much chocolate?  Either way, I love that our team in Asheville today used the holiday as an excuse to wear costumes and have a chili cookoff and how our team in Arlington did a pumpkin carving contest to benefit a local charity that helps homeless teens.  Both really bringing out the creative juices for our creative staff. I greatly appreciated the ambition from…

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Brand, Image, Market!

Brand, Image, Market!

The state of California might never be the same after NTCA’s Marketing Committee met there last week to compare notes and strategize on ways the committee can support the never-ending evolution of the marketing needs for rural, community based broadband providers.  The meeting was a gathering of some of the most energetic, lively and innovative minds from telcos to associate members sharing stories and a whirlwind of collaboration.  Sierra Tel graciously hosted 18 committee members and took the time to…

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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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