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Be Smart

Be Smart

It’s that time of year again, when NTCA opens up our nomination process for our annual Smart Rural Community Showcase awards. Now entering our fifth year (wow…where does time fly off to??), this annual tradition of ours is a wonderful opportunity for NTCA members to be recognized for their extraordinary achievements in promoting rural broadband networks and their broadband-enabled applications in their rural communities. More than 40 NTCA member companies, and their communities, have been recognized with the Smart Rural…

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Plan, Do, Grow – Strategic Noodling for Rural Broadband Provider Marketers

Plan, Do, Grow – Strategic Noodling for Rural Broadband Provider Marketers

What is not to love about hanging out with energetic, creative folks who are passionate about the rural broadband industry? I’m kind of embarrassed to admit that it has taken me this long to attend on of NTCA’s amazing marketing and public relations conferences but I finally made my way to a meeting and enjoyed my rest brief stay greatly. The hallways were lined with our TeleChoice nominees for our annual awards of recognition in the field of marketing campaigns,…

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If Peeps Could Tell a Story

If Peeps Could Tell a Story

We all know about Peeps….those marshmellowy treats that seem to take over the drugstore’s candy aisle during Easter season. Little chicks or rabbits or other “spring” animals in colors not typically found in nature- pink, purple, yellow etc. However, if you’re an NTCA staff member, you know that Peeps are so much more. April has been Peeps month at NTCA as we celebrate our working relationship with one another and how we maximize our spirit of collaboration. Get it? Peeps?…

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“Give a man a fish and feed him for a day…teach him to fish and feed him for a lifetime”

“Give a man a fish and feed him for a day…teach him to fish and feed him for a lifetime”

We’re pretty much all familiar with the wise proverb, “You give a man a fish and you feed him for a day; you teach him to fish and you feed him for a lifetime?” That same adage can apply pretty powerfully to the power of broadband in rural communities. NTCA member telcos have been working tirelessly to promote rural broadband networks and broadband-enabled applications in their communities. With the Smart Rural Community (SRC) Showcase Award, they have the opportunity to…

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Eliminating Paper, Making Lives Easier

Eliminating Paper, Making Lives Easier

Hanging out in the Asheville airport as Mike Romano and I head home after a whirlwind visit to our Asheville service center and spent time with the terrific team who administer our benefit programs. I always appreciate the time spent with Les Greer and our Asheville folks as they work their way, along with members of our Arlington crew through many rounds of testing as we move through our CORE project – a new, member-focused interface for employee benefits. This…

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A Needed Reminder….

A Needed Reminder….

I’m not going to lie, it’s been a tad stressful here in Washington DC these days. Talks of wiretapping, intrigue, international influence, nuclear options and stalemates are all brick walls for the huge portion of folks in this town who – regardless of what side of the political aisle you are on – truly want to get something done for the good of our country. So, what a treat to get a need jolt of patriotism and reminder of all…

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Celebrate National Employee Benefits Day!

Celebrate National Employee Benefits Day!

Did you know today, April 3rd, is National Employee Benefits Day? This special day is set aside to recognize employers for your commitment to provide quality employee benefits in the workplace. It’s also a day to acknowledge the HR and benefits professionals who are working hard every day to help employees understand their workplace benefits and the vital role they play to achieve health and well-being. Benefits are sometimes are to quantify but are an increasingly important part of an…

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A Tribute to My Friend Ed Greelegs

A Tribute to My Friend Ed Greelegs

The first time I met Ed Greelegs, I was working for the House Budget Committee in the Cannon House Office Building. Ed walking into the committee room, along with his then-boss Congressman Marty Russo from Illinois. My top of mind thought was that Ed was Wolfman Jack’s younger brother. His distinctive early gray hair and beard along with a boisterous personality quickly assured me that Ed was an original and it would be unfair to compare him to anyone. That…

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The Future of Rural America Includes Healthcare Access

The Future of Rural America Includes Healthcare Access

At the conclusion of our Legislative and Policy conference here in Washington DC this week, our Foundation for Rural Service (FRS) did an awesome job of putting together a Telehealth Summit that not only included the presentation of an original white paper by NTCA’s own Rick Schadelbauer titled “Anticipating Economic Returns of Rural Telehealth“ but also had a robust roundtable discussion that included the FCC’s Connect2Health FCC task force members, the Health Resources and Services Administration, NTIA, the Hope Clinic…

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Public Safety Takes a Step Forward

Public Safety Takes a Step Forward

It’s hard to believe that it was 5 years ago when Congress passed legislation establishing FirstNet, an independent authority within the U.S. Department of Commerce to develop, build and operate a nationwide, broadband network that equips first responders. Today, FirstNet and the United States Commerce Department announced the selection of AT&T to build that nationwide public safety mobile broadband network. NTCA–The Rural Broadband Association and our members have been preparing for this for a long time and have been actively…

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