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My Smartphone Is Simply My Mobile Option

My Smartphone Is Simply My Mobile Option

The FCC just launched its annual inquiry into whether broadband  – or “advanced telecommunications capability”  – is being deployed to all Americans in a “reasonable and timely fashion”.   The 2017 version of this inquiry has a few twists to it.  Instead of focusing on fixed broadband as they have in the past, this time the FCC is asking if its broadband deployment report should focus on whether some form of advanced telecommunications capability, be it fixed or wireless, is…

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While The Collective Is More Powerful Than The Individual…

While The Collective Is More Powerful Than The Individual…

…….the individuals themselves are pretty interesting! Instead of taking the full hour of our monthly all staff meeting to review highlights from each division, we used the opportunity at our most recent meeting to ask each of our team members in our Arlington office to share an interesting fact about themselves.  In an effort to “sweeten the pot” for the task, I had a basket of candy bars that were shipped back from a recent NTCA regional meeting (it’s a long story and let’s just…

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Week Two of Rural Broadband Month

Week Two of Rural Broadband Month

I love it when a month is “designated” by a federal agency and it just happens to describe the mission of NTCA.  The stars are aligned? Since August is the FCC’s Rural Broadband month, we’ve taken to having our own, month long celebration here at NTCA.  Now that we are in week two (thankfully, August has 5 weeks, that allows us to extend the fun!), it’s time to transition from recognition that Broadband is the 21st Century Infrastructure challenge (which…

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60 is the New 40….

60 is the New 40….

Or that is at least what Kelsey continues to share with my husband, Don, who turned 60 this past week.  I’m not sure that the new rallying cry has been taken seriously but we certainly found a reason to celebrate nonetheless. With hitting the sixty milestone being a worthy celebration, the girls and I decided months ago that it was going to require a surprise party to ensure the right level of celebration. So the planning began and the emails…

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Looking Forward to Serving on Broadband Deployment Advisory Council

Looking Forward to Serving on Broadband Deployment Advisory Council

There was one more Broadband Deployment Advisory Working group to be placed per FCC Chairman Pai’s vision for a group of industry and community interest groups all pulled together to sit around a “virtual” table tasked with finding ways that essential broadband services can be brought to all Americans – regardless of where they live.  I was surprised and delighted to recieve a call a little over a week ago sharing that I was selected to serve on the very…

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August is Rural Broadband Month at the FCC…Every Day is Rural Broadband Day at NTCA!

August is Rural Broadband Month at the FCC…Every Day is Rural Broadband Day at NTCA!

Today we kick off the last month of summer, so I thought I would start my thoughts with sharing a recent blog post from FCC Chairman Pai….more to follow as this month marches on. Bridging the Digital Divide   July 13, 2017 – 2:25 pm By Ajit Pai | FCC Chairman Last month, I logged a five-state, 18-stop, 1,672-mile road trip from Wisconsin to Wyoming to learn firsthand about the connectivity challenges in that part of the country.  And this…

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In a Security State of Mind

In a Security State of Mind

I’ve been thinking a lot about security lately.  Maybe it’s just the state of the world, maybe it’s with our terrific regional meeting sessions on cybersecurity, maybe it’s because of my trying to get up to speed for my role on CSRIC and combine all of that with my youngest daughter, Kelsey, and her Johns Hopkins graduate program on security and all of the ensuing discussions (and continuing to be blown away on her knowledge regarding North Korean, China, Syrian…

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FirstNet and AT&T Meet With Senate

FirstNet and AT&T Meet With Senate

This week was the first opportunity for AT&T and FirstNet to jointly meet before the Senate Commerce Committee’s communications subcommittee to share with interested members the progress of the public safety network now that AT&T has been awarded the contract and pieces are starting to fall into place.   We have been following all of this activity very closely for a number of reasons…first, public safety is important in rural America as well and our communities remain hopeful that they will…

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Board Leadership as Industry Charges Ahead

Board Leadership as Industry Charges Ahead

The NTCA board of directors, along with our Service Management Corporation’s (SMC) board, the Foundation for Rural Service (FRS) board and our Group Health Trustees all gathered this week in Colorado to do some strategic thinking, reviewed policies (public and otherwise) and pondered for the future for the rural broadband industry and what we can all be doing to provide the services needs to move forward into a robust future.

Broadband Match.com is Launched!

Broadband Match.com is Launched!

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…

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