More Than Thank You…

More Than Thank You…

Much like everyone with social media access at their fingertips, I have a constant news feed that flows in by the hour. Most of it is not really worth previewing but today I hit on some tips for how to take Veterans Day recognition beyond a “thank you” for those who do or have served and thought they were worth noting (and then acting on at least a few of them of course!) Many of these are a truly honorable…

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The Day After….

The Day After….

The phones are quiet, the ads for simple things like cars and toothpaste are back on television, and the Washington, D.C. metro area is running a little slower and a little later this morning—given a population base that views election cycles as comparable to the World Series. It becomes difficult not to get caught up in the fever particularly during the politically charged times we are living through now. I always enter the political cycle with a basket of wishes;…

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Corporate Realignment as the World Turns

Corporate Realignment as the World Turns

Today Verizon announced that they are restructuring their business units to better align for what they anticipate to be a robust future in the 5G world. With a new CEO at the helm, VZ announced that they are splitting their operation into three customer-facing units at the start of the new year. One of the divisions will be combining fixed and mobile operations focusing on the consumer market, another will do the same for the business sector. The third unit…

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First They Came…

First They Came…

Other than my dog Cassie the wonder pup or my children, I am usually pretty tempered about what I choose to share personally. Although, take me out for a glass of wine and I might just overshare…. But this past week has been a powerful reminder for me that regardless of how far I think we have come as a nation, we still have work to do in embracing all the cultures and diversity that make our rich tapestry and…

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Connecting Everyone to Everything

Connecting Everyone to Everything

I spent some time this past week with 2,000 other technology fans at the Calix Connexions Innovation and User Conference trying to get my hands on the trends that are key to the broadband industry, including providers and their consumers. Sessions on public-private partnerships, where the access network meets the edge network and staking a claim to the smart home were all under discussion with a vision of “Connecting Everyone to Everything” for the gathering. Mike Romano and I had…

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Talking Networks, Technology, Programming, and Trends….

Talking Networks, Technology, Programming, and Trends….

I made an East Coast day trip (what a treat, other than a 4:30 a.m. wake up!) to Atlanta today to participate in the SCTE-ISBE Cable-Tec Expo. The show is the largest cable telecommunications event in North America. It was interesting to hear from the perspective of someone who works with ILECs and who also happens to be a cable provider. I couldn’t decide if I felt like a telco stalker, or if I was among industry brethren. I landed…

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The Epidemic of Loneliness

The Epidemic of Loneliness

We’re so used to policymakers debating, championing issues, and crafting legislative solutions (hopefully) that we don’t always think about the other dimensions they bring to their roles and lives. Last week, I was reading the Washington Post editorial section, (one way I treat myself by leisurely consuming the entire front section of the Washington Post over a nice cup of coffee). A headline caught my eye, Our Epidemic of Loneliness, written by George Will, as a review of Sen. Ben…

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Universal Service: Too Important to Make Bad Bets!

Universal Service: Too Important to Make Bad Bets!

It is no surprise that the FCC has several difficult tasks when it comes to Universal Service. It needs to: 1) reach unserved consumers, 2) make sure those who are served stay served, and 3) ensure that the services being provided to rural Americans are “reasonably comparable” to those that urban consumers receive. The focus always seems to fall on the first of those goals, and certainly reaching those without broadband access is critical and is the source of many…

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Digital Challenges

Digital Challenges

One of my very, very favorite initiatives of our Foundation for Rural Service  (FRS) has been our newly-launched Rural Youth App Challenge. The FRS is excited to announce the second annual app challenge which really speaks to rural youth about the importance of serving and improving the rural communities where they live—through technology that NTCA members provide. I am here to help spread the word! What is the challenge? Finding a venue for students to develop a concept for a…

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How Hot is Too Hot?

How Hot is Too Hot?

Every quarter or so, Mike Romano, NTCA’s Sr. Vice President of Industry Affairs and Business Development and I share our latest thoughts and perspectives in a webcast titled “Policy Talk.” The purpose of the webcast is to give NTCA members the scoop on what is happening on the public policy front. I love the tool because it gives us the chance to walk through the most current and pressing issues and it give members the opportunity to ask questions of…

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