All Politics is Local….

All Politics is Local….

Legendary Speaker of the House Tip O’Neill once famously declared that “all politics is local”. And I do believe that. Politics of any issue impact us wherever we might live and regarding whatever it is we might care deeply about. It’s one of the reasons why this past weekend, I opened my home up to fellow neighbors for a wine, cheese and chat to host a local Arlington County board candidate who happens to be an Independent (the purple candidate)…

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A Virtual Option for Rural Health Care

A Virtual Option for Rural Health Care

There are so many applications for critical services that are broadband-enabled and frankly, many of these services are even more vital in a rural community due to the handicap of distance. Chief among them? Access to rural health care services. This has been one of the main reasons why NTCA has been so focused on ways we can help enable a more robust opportunity to bring telemedicine services over the broadband networks our members provide. This is also why we…

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A Room with a View

A Room with a View

As we head into our Independence Day celebration, I find myself reflecting how after all my 35 years here in our nation’s capital, I have never tired of the sights that are so rich with history and tell the story of freedom and democracy. Every once in a while, however, when I am in a cab heading to a meeting downtown, on Capitol Hill or at the FCC, I forget to turn my head to admire the Lincoln or Jefferson…

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And so it begins……

And so it begins……

The mercury in the thermometers is inching up and the sure sign of summer finally being here is the number of industry meetings that will be taking place across the country. It was a treat to travel to the Telecom Insurance Group meeting up in Maine earlier this week – and not just because the temperature was lovely and the smell of pine was in the air. Our friends at TIG had a great program that covered several risks folks…

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Can Rural Utilities Work Together to Fill the Rural Broadband Void?

Can Rural Utilities Work Together to Fill the Rural Broadband Void?

Let’s be clear…there is A LOT of landmass in this great country of ours.  All you have to do is get on an airplane and whether your jaunt is a short hop or a long haul, you are flying over miles and miles of land with not a lot of people. NTCA members, community-based local broadband providers, cover about 37 percent of the landmass over the United States and that certainly feels like a lot when you’re driving from Sioux…

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A Peek at the Likely Newest Addition to the FCC

A Peek at the Likely Newest Addition to the FCC

Today was the confirmation hearing for Geoffrey Starks, the Democratic nominee to replace Commissioner Clyburn at the FCC. Starks is currently serving as an assistant chief in the FCC’s Enforcement Bureau where he works in the Investigations and Hearings Division and the USF Strike Force.  He also has experience at the DOJ, with the U.S. Court of Appeals and brings a wealth of experience to a new role at the FCC. Since his nomination was announced, folks have been curious…

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NTCA and Government Leaders Discuss Broadband in the Field

NTCA and Government Leaders Discuss Broadband in the Field

The E-Connectivity tour 2.0 took place in Minnesota yesterday! Michael Daniels from our NTCA team was on the ground as several NTCA folks and friends shared stories around the importance of broadband deployment and how partnerships can be a component in extending the rural broadband reach even farther. Kristi Westbrock, CEO and GM for The Consolidated Telephone Company (CTC) in Minnesota, a company known for creatively pulling together broadband partnerships, highlighted the work they are doing with one of their…

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E-Connectivity Kicks Off in Minnesota

E-Connectivity Kicks Off in Minnesota

Update: 6/20/18: The recorded event is available online: www.youtube.com/thefarmfoundation Creating opportunities for people living in rural America to have reliable access to robust broadband services drives the work of NTCA and its member companies. As such, NTCA, the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the Farm Foundation and other industry stakeholders, will host the listening session, “What’s on the Horizon for E-Connectivity in Rural America?,” Tuesday, June 19 at 9:00–11:30 a.m. Central. The event, to be held in Faribault, Minn., will also be livestreamed online. I hope many…

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Thinking Strategically And Then Acting On It

Thinking Strategically And Then Acting On It

There is so much going on in the RLEC industry which means there is a great deal going on as well for our national association, our benefit programs, our Group Health Plan and our Foundation for Rural Service. That’s why those who lead these entities are gathered in Asheville, N.C., home base for our service center, board meetings and strategic thinking. A lot was accomplished as we moved through best projections on what the future will hold and how we can…

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A New York State of Mind

A New York State of Mind

I am in the final stages of my journey to Lake Placid, New York where I had the fabulous opportunity to exchange some ideas with the members of the New York State Telecom Association for the past two days.  While the trip is not a cakewalk, it is an important reminder that New York  – the state – is certainly not New York City!  As a matter of fact, there is a lot of green space, a lot of mountains,…

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