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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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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