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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Resolutions for Rural Broadband in 2018

Resolutions for Rural Broadband in 2018

Every conversation we have in DC these days seems to end with policymakers asking what they can do to help overcome rural broadband challenges.  Unfortunately, the issue is so complex that it can be hard to come up with a single set of policy prescriptions that works – and with so much interest in the topic, it seems like everyone wants to put their own stamp on the topic with unique proposals. Representing companies and cooperatives that have more experience…

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Is NTCA Fighting 24/7 for USF Funding? You Bet!

Is NTCA Fighting 24/7 for USF Funding? You Bet!

I had a very active, engaged and proactive member contact me today on an industry issue and in the course of the exchange, asked if NTCA is doing anything in regards to high cost USF support for both cost-based members as well as our ACAM companies – and while it made me a little sad that we have yet to find the “magic bullet” of communications to show all of our members what we have been up to on the…

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Telemedicine is a Win-Win Proposition

Telemedicine is a Win-Win Proposition

A few weeks ago I had a conversation with Politico reporter David Pittman about the important role of broadband infrastructure in expanding telehealth adoption in rural areas. We chatted about the key role that broadband plays in the future of healthcare and I was excited to see in the article he wrote that he had similar conversations with a number of policymakers and organizations in the healthcare space. We all agree: Robust and sustainable broadband infrastructure is necessary for expanding…

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A 21st Century Holiday

A 21st Century Holiday

Mistletoe and holly, eggnog and frosted cookies, Chanukah candles and the glowing Christmas tree are all symbols of the holiday season in our home. But the use of technology during the holidays has really been a new twist. Not necessarily the shopping part, I was an early adopter of online shopping (what is not to love?!) and found that I could have built a fort with my amazon prime boxes this year. (Thankfully, Arlington has a robust recycling program so…

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A Day At USDA

A Day At USDA

Today I had the pleasure of meeting with USDA to talk about infrastructure plans for 2018. Check out my short vlog to see what we discussed. Our terrific, media savvy team has encouraged me to do more vblogs but I clearly have a comfort zone of my own which includes showing more of the USDA headquarters building than my face as well as finding a quiet spot to do this….however, I still had pre-holiday DC tourists basically looking at me…

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One Last Catch-Up With Rural Utility Leaders

One Last Catch-Up With Rural Utility Leaders

With only a limited number of days left on the calendar for the year, my colleagues in the rural utility industry cleared time off of our schedules to find a common meeting space for lunch so we could compare notes as we wind down with 2017 and head into the New Year. Jim Matheson, head of NRECA (the electric coop association) and Sheldon Peterson, head of CFC/RTFC (a major lender to the rural utilities) and I met up in Tyson’s…

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With a little bit of Luck

With a little bit of Luck

As we careen into the holiday season, it has been amazing to me the number of folks I have spoken or interacted with who are all in the same position – feeling like we are hurtling over the finish line of 2017 instead of easing into the holiday spirit.  Maybe it’s the timing of the holidays, falling on Mondays, maybe it is simply that we have more and more to do and with (what feels like) less time in which…

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