Sharing the Rural Broadband Story with the House Energy and Commerce Committee

Sharing the Rural Broadband Story with the House Energy and Commerce Committee

With a pending weather report calling for snow (and let’s be honest, the mere threat of snow tends to turn DC into a tizzy), I made sure that this morning was an early-rising adventure with the opportunity to testify before the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Communications and Technology on the agenda mid-morning. While the advanced planning on the travel front ended up being unnecessary, the opportunity to share some thoughts on rural broadband deployment – the challenges with…

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TGIF!

TGIF!

Have you ever just had one of those days?  Or maybe one of those weeks? As I scurried around this morning, more focused on the day ahead than anything else, I noticed that I was “clomping” through the NTCA garage.  Clomping? One shoe making a thunking noise and the other oddly silent.  When I lifted my shoe to see if I had stepped in something to make one silent or maybe knocked off part of a heel to make one…

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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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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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Senate Broadband Caucus Speaks Up For Broadband Funding

Senate Broadband Caucus Speaks Up For Broadband Funding

  The fabulous Senate Broadband Caucus, led by Senators Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.), Angus King (I-Maine), Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.), Heidi Heitkamp (D-N.D.) and John Boozman (R-Ark.), sent a letter today to President Donald Trump urging his administration to include stand-alone funding for rural broadband deployment in any future infrastructure plans. The letter emphasizes policy priorities that are part of a broader, ongoing dialogue about how best to support and sustain robust broadband services in rural America. “Prioritizing direct funding support for broadband deployment in…

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Exciting News as the FCC Releases a Proposal to Promote Rural Broadband Deployment

Exciting News as the FCC Releases a Proposal to Promote Rural Broadband Deployment

Today was a fabulous way to start the second week of the new year with the heads up that a draft order, recon order and notice of proposed rulemaking is now circulating among the FCC commissioners to address Universal Service Fund shortfalls and would address in part NTCA’s petition for reconsideration on sufficiency issues. This action is extremely critical and timely given that the high-cost Universal Service Fund (USF) is foundational to any effort to promote and sustain rural broadband…

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Words of Wisdom to Remember

Words of Wisdom to Remember

On the day where we honor the legacy of Reverend  Martin Luther King, it is hard to avoid all of the partisan fighting, world strife and general unsettledness among people. It is also most disturbing to see the personal threats that Chairman Pai has been subjected to in recent months.  We have seem to have lost the path to civil discourse.  Regardless of political affiliation, I watch with great sadness the political institutions that have been built in our nation’s capital since…

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A Great Way To Ring In The New Year!

A Great Way To Ring In The New Year!

It feels like all of us are on a faster and faster hamster wheel these days and it’s hard to feel like you can take a few days off without falling behind.  However, I am a big fan of everyone taking the time and making the effort to recharge their batteries and have never approved of the management motto that rewards folks for not taking their annual leave.  Who wants to work day in and day out with a tired,…

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Exciting Day for Rural Prosperity in Nashville

Exciting Day for Rural Prosperity in Nashville

I had a wonderful opportunity to travel to Nashville today to join with a number of our Rebuild Rural coalition allies in hearing directly from the President about his objectives for rural prosperity in the wake of a report presented to him by a task force chaired by Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue.  We are deeply grateful to the President, the Secretary, and the many leaders and staffers throughout this administration for their commitment to rural America, and the recommendations captured…

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