USF Budget….Always Top of Mind

USF Budget….Always Top of Mind

As we hit the season where we give ourselves more time and space to think about what we are grateful for, I continue to be grateful to be working for a group of companies who care so passionately about providing the best service possible to the broadband customers they serve in rural America.  To that end, Mike and I made one more visit to the FCC prior to the holiday break (or in other words, the best time to be…

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Let’s Go Shopping!

Let’s Go Shopping!

Ok – it’s not quite like the supposedly super deal that are available on Black Friday (although I find those sales to seldom be worth the effort, traffic or crowds!) but here at NTCA we have our own e-store and in addition to the FRS glossery of communications terms, NTCA Compensation and Benefits survey, we also have available now our NTCA Cyber Source. The 2017 Cyber Source was rolled out a few weeks ago at our Cybersecuirty Summit and provides…

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Working On Behalf Of Small Broadband Providers Who Are Working On Behalf of Rural America

Working On Behalf Of Small Broadband Providers Who Are Working On Behalf of Rural America

The NTCA and SMC board of directors were in town this week for our big fall meeting where we review year-end activity, review the financial position of the association, approve the 2018 budgets and review strategic plans for the upcoming year.  Both boards do a great deal of heavy lifting on behalf of the association and our membership and we certainly could not do our work without their service and support. The NTCA board spent a great deal of time…

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A Tribute To Those Who Serve

A Tribute To Those Who Serve

It’s important to take a minute out of our busy lives and remember those who gave theirs, or put theirs on hold, to ensure that we can continue to enjoy the liberties and freedoms that we have come to take for granted.  I am always appreciative of those who have served. I am now reading the newest Chernow biography, Grant, about our 18th President of the United States.  One of our most underestimated and little known two term Presidents, Grant…

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The Importance of Getting Out of DC

The Importance of Getting Out of DC

Talk about just what I needed!  I have been in talks with DirectLink President Paul Hauer out in Oregon for a few months now trying to coordinate calendars to see what I can do about getting out to his part of the world to see what he and his innovative team has been up to.  Given that Paul is a member of our Future’s Group as well as someone that I regularly use to bounce ideas and programming thoughts around…

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Taking One For The Team

Taking One For The Team

Mike Romano, our SVP for Policy and Business Development had the opportunity to testify before a House Judiciary subcommittee yesterday alongside the 2 sitting Federal Trade Commission commissioners and former FCC commissioner Rob McDowell on Net Neutrality.  It was a great platform to underscore the continuing importance of interconnection oversight for rural carriers and consumers even as the FCC moves to take away the heavy-handed retail regulatory aspects of the net neutrality regime. Mike made the most of the opportunity to…

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White House and Rural Prosperity Council Talk Rural Infrastructure

White House and Rural Prosperity Council Talk Rural Infrastructure

Tax reform might be taking up whatever oxygen is actually left on Capitol Hill but today Brian Ford and I headed over to the White House for a meeting on rural infrastructure.    Traffic was light so we made it there with more than enough time to spare so after I dragged Brian for a White House selfie and coo’ed over the security dogs as we made our way through the official visitor’s entrance, that still left plenty of time to…

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Trick or Treat!

Trick or Treat!

There is something special about the buzz in the air on Halloween….or maybe it’s just from consuming so much chocolate?  Either way, I love that our team in Asheville today used the holiday as an excuse to wear costumes and have a chili cookoff and how our team in Arlington did a pumpkin carving contest to benefit a local charity that helps homeless teens.  Both really bringing out the creative juices for our creative staff. I greatly appreciated the ambition from…

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Telemedicine for Veterans Comes to Jackson County – Thanks to PRTC

Telemedicine for Veterans Comes to Jackson County – Thanks to PRTC

It’s been months in discussions and deliberations but a few weeks ago, PRTC – a fabulous broadband/telecom cooperative in Kentucky, cut the ribbon and opened their doors to their Virtual Living Room project as a telemedicine center for local veterans right in their community library with the gig service provided by PRTC and a Smart Rural Community Grant from NTCA and our SRC partners. I know that I have shared about this project before because: 1) I am so inspired…

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One More Round of Policy Discussions

One More Round of Policy Discussions

Congressman David Young, a Republican from Iowa certainly knows what it means to serve his constituents having spent many years as the top aide to Senator Chuck Grassley.  NTCA has long enjoyed working with him in his staff role and continue to be impressed with what he is doing for Iowa during his second term as a member of Congress from his home state.  Having been the lead House champion for call completion legislation this Congress  (legislation which has passed…

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