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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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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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SMC Team Are All Rock Stars!

SMC Team Are All Rock Stars!

The end of this week has myself and a few of our Arlington team down in Asheville at our SMC operation for our annual SMC planning session.  These two days of discussion are the perfect opportunity for key members of our team  – focused on the benefits that we provide to our member companies  – to reflect on the services we offer and how we continue to adapt to the changing benefit needs of NTCA members as their industry, environment…

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What A Week It Was….

What A Week It Was….

So much going on these days….Mike Dolezal, CEO of Range Telecom in Montana came out to DC this week and presented on behalf of NTCA to the Senate Dems Rural Summit on the importance of rural broadband.  Not only did Mike do a terrific job, but he also had a an opportunity to connect with Senator Jon Tester from his home state. I journeyed on to Maine to meet with the Telecommunications Association of Maine and join them in their…

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Equifax? What Next?

Equifax? What Next?

Let me just say how underwhelmed I have been with Equifax’s sense of urgency (or lack thereof!) after the recent data breach of their network. In this day of network vulnerability, the huge business on the dark web and American’s increasing reliance on online activity – this breach was bound to happen. Maybe that’s what surprises and disappoints me so much about the credit agency’s ability to deal with the aftermath. Yes, I tepidly checked in (should I really leave…

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Maine “Street Cred”

Maine “Street Cred”

  I’m wrapping up my second visit to Maine in a month and am hoping for honorary citizenship soon!  My first trip was a month ago along with Senator Angus King and FCC Commissioner Rosenworcel to celebrate UniTel’s Smart Rural Community designation and to all host a community-wide broadband discussion in Unity, Maine.  My trip this week was to join the broadband providers in Maine and their statewide association, TAM, celebrate their 50 year anniversary as an organization focused on…

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Broadband Providers With Heart

Broadband Providers With Heart

Everyone knew that Harvey would be a significant storm and we are still awaiting the outcome of the storm’s impact in Texas and now Louisiana.  Pictured above is the crew from YK Communications in Granado, Texas as they worked to keep up their rural networks even during the height of the storm.  I received a wonderful note from their President who noted how proud he was of his team for ensuring that they stayed on duty and kept the networks…

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Senator Grassley Hits All 99 Iowa Counties Each Year

Senator Grassley Hits All 99 Iowa Counties Each Year

As Senator Grassley does his grand summer tour, hitting all 99 counties in the state of Iowa, he stopped this week at Delta Metals, a company that provides custom roof panels in rural Leon, Iowa and met with NTCA Director Ron Hinds (who also moonlights as the GM for GRM Networks providing advanced communications services in Missouri and Iowa) and Wendal Yoder, the manager of Delta Metals.  As Senator Grassley met with community members during his town hall meeting, Ron…

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Ready for the Eclipse

Ready for the Eclipse

Regionalpalooza continues and we’re here in Coralville, Iowa where NTCA members are likely going to be far more entertained by the eclipse today than they were by any remarks I had to make…so what better way to get them ready?  Hand out certified eclipse eyewear to ensure that we can protect the assets in our GHP vision plan! Unfortunately, the day opened with thunderstorms and torrential downpours and cloudy skies but just enough of view to make it a memory…

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Partnerships Really Do Help Serve Underserved Communities

Partnerships Really Do Help Serve Underserved Communities

I can’t believe that Dennis Bachman, CEO of Citizens Connected in New Auburn, Wisconsin didn’t call me to tell me about his exciting new partnership with his local electric cooperative…but maybe that’s because he was too busy pulling this partnership together, so he’s totally off the hook! The notice in the Wisconsin statewide newsletter reported that Cornell-based Chippewa Valley Electric Cooperative and Citizens Connected have begun building a fiber optic network with initial construction underway along the shore of Lake…

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