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Rural Youth App Challenge from FRS Unleashed!

Rural Youth App Challenge from FRS Unleashed!

 Years ago, when I worked for Verizon, I always found it intriguing how much the senior executives in the corporation looked forward to heading out to California to “hang out” with app developers and picking some great creative minds.  I can recall one time when I had the opportunity to participate in a briefing for Lowell McAdam (now Verizon’s CEO), was struck by his enthusiasm for the app developers contest and immediately downloaded all of the apps he noted as…

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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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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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Telemedicine for Veterans Comes to Jackson County – Thanks to PRTC

Telemedicine for Veterans Comes to Jackson County – Thanks to PRTC

It’s been months in discussions and deliberations but a few weeks ago, PRTC – a fabulous broadband/telecom cooperative in Kentucky, cut the ribbon and opened their doors to their Virtual Living Room project as a telemedicine center for local veterans right in their community library with the gig service provided by PRTC and a Smart Rural Community Grant from NTCA and our SRC partners. I know that I have shared about this project before because: 1) I am so inspired…

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Rural is Cool

Rural is Cool

Look what was found on the top of Mount Kilimanjaro, where only the hardiest of climbers can make their way to the summit.  Yes, former NTCA board President and Blackfoot Telecom CEO, Earl Owens and his wife along with his Rural Is Cool bumper sticker!  Making its way all the way to Tanzania, the highest mountain in Africa, the message reminding folks – even those who do not speak English as their main language – that rural holds a very important…

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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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“Make the Dirt Talk”

“Make the Dirt Talk”

What a treat it was on Friday to reconnect with Billy Tiller, former board member for Five Area Telephone Cooperative in Muleshoe, Texas, who served on the board when he was right out of school for 12 years – during some really informative times in this industry. Billy then went on to not only run a large ranch in Texas, but he also started AgPro Exchange, a company that uses data to manage agriculture interests in the 21st Century.  With…

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Is This Heaven?

Is This Heaven?

Nope…it’s Iowa. However, this is what I saw as I drove the county highways last night between Sioux Falls, South Dakota and Sioux Center, Iowa: Yes, that is correct….black, dark, the white lines on the edge of the highway and few critters that thankfully stayed off the road. Google maps and I had a chat half way through the journey on whether or not she was really sending me to Iowa or North Dakota. But all was well and I…

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North Dakota Dreamin’

North Dakota Dreamin’

I do check the weather pretty consistently before I travel, and I am pretty sure that while I saw very cold temps for North Dakota (and chose to bring my big dog-walking parka instead of a “cute” D.C. coat), even I did not anticipate the near white-out conditions when I landed in Bismark, N.D., earlier today. I even think that some folks at David Crother’s NDATC were surprised to see me on the ground! I’m looking forward to sharing perspectives…

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What’s Not to Love About a Rural-Focused Entrepreneur?

What’s Not to Love About a Rural-Focused Entrepreneur?

Remember when NTCA met in Boston last year? One of our keynoters hit the stage and all 1,500 folks in the room thought for sure he was a college student who had lost his way to class at Harvard instead of a young entrepreneur from Nebraska. (He actually is still a college student, but in the warmer climate of Chapel Hill!) And most importantly, remember how he shared from the heart how he has built a business in his hometown…

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