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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Africa Has Telecom Top of Mind

Africa Has Telecom Top of Mind

We know that there is a rural/rural-digital divide in the United States but fly about 18 hours east and a tad south of our nation’s capital and you hit the challenges of providing access to East Africa. While Africa has witnessed an unprecedented increase in mobile and broadband connectivity in recent years, their leaders have taken a very proactive role in creating real relationships with the private sector and other interested parties with the creation of their Information Communications Technology…

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Wireless Needs Wires and 5G Will Need It Fiber Fed

Wireless Needs Wires and 5G Will Need It Fiber Fed

Like many folks in the communications industry, I read a great deal of trade press. Mostly it consists of skimming through various publications to see what and where the buzz is on any given day. On many a given day lately, the buzz is 5G and how it will transform our society in general. Pretty broad-brush words of praise for a technology that has yet to have any global industry standards. However, Verizon upped the ante this week when they…

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The Bucket List

The Bucket List

Last year, my husband Don turned 60. We had a celebration to end all celebrations because…why not? Given the size of the celebration—including a surprise party with friends across the country flying in—I knew that my gift would also have to match the occasion. But what to give a man who values experiences more than material things? Who actually counts time together as quality time? Who is a tad more “adventure-driven” than I am? Something off of his bucket list,…

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A Long Road Ahead

A Long Road Ahead

Sigh. We are one week away from when Hurricane Florence hit the coast of North Carolina and amazingly enough, things are getting worse for our NTCA broadband members, before they are getting better. The pictures and stories of devastation are heartbreaking. To add insult to injury, the rivers are now cresting further and water is hurtling in 6-foot waves to some of our member companies on top of already flooded infrastructure. The question of where does one even start on…

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A Productive Fall Conference with a Full Agenda

A Productive Fall Conference with a Full Agenda

I’m still winging my way back to DCA as we wrapped up another successful Fall Conference—this one in Seattle—and had the opportunity to share ideas, programming and some great networking with 1500 of our NTCA members. From augmented reality (which BTW, will require a robust broadband network) to life lessons, to how millennials use technology, to tips on how to create partnerships, to a recap of the flurry of DC regulatory and legislative activity, to wireless to video, to programming…

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Meet me in St. Louis…with NISC

Meet me in St. Louis…with NISC

I have always appreciated the friendship and partnership that NISC has with NTCA—from their work with our members, to their wonderful support for our programs, especially Smart Rural Community and the Foundation for Rural Service—so it was an easy call to say yes to bopping out to their user group meeting in St. Louis earlier this week. They mentioned that over 2,600 folks would be there, but I have to admit, I didn’t think that nearly that many would show…

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A Day to Never Forget

A Day to Never Forget

I have no idea what it is about my travel schedule, but I almost always seem to be on a plane on 9/11 and I always find myself thinking back to 2001 when I was also supposed to be on a plane back to D.C. from the TTA meeting in Texas. I remember watching with my fellow Americans as our collective hearts broke and our false sense of security was shattered forever. I will never forget the kindness of NTCA…

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Sharing Thoughts with RUS

Sharing Thoughts with RUS

RUS and USDA are hard at work gathering feedback on their recently released NOI on the new rural broadband pilot program with comments due at the start of next week. The process has been fast and furious and I hope that USDA is just as fast and furious when it comes to releasing funds out the door to rural broadband providers who utilize it so they can continue to build in areas where deployment is needed. It is going to…

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