FCC Takes Positive Action on Call Completion Law Implementation

FCC Takes Positive Action on Call Completion Law Implementation

Trying to aggressively deal with the rural call completion plague has been a top priority for NTCA so there was some energy in our halls today as the FCC took some positive steps to implement the NTCA-Backed Rural Call Completion Law. In a positive development for rural consumers and businesses awaiting relief for rural call completion and quality problems, the FCC today released an order implementing the Improving Rural Call Quality and Reliability Act of 2017 signed into law earlier…

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Spreading the Word

Spreading the Word

In an Op-Ed in the Topeka Capital-Journal, we, NTCA, joined with the USTelecom Association to highlight a report we recently released on the economics of deploying broadband in rural areas. Just sharing some of the thoughts that my counterpart Jonathan Spalter and I had put pen to paper on with you here since it certainly beats me paraphrasing it from the floor of the Charlotte airport…. “Like electricity, broadband is essential to every American. Yet U.S. broadband infrastructure has been…

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I Call Uncle…

I Call Uncle…

NTCA’s headquarter offices are in Arlington, Va., a thriving DC suburb. We’ve been in this location for a number of years and it has been a good fit for us – relatively reasonable rent, access to a mall across the street, close to a metro stop and with enough parking for us to fulfill our commitment to our team to do our best to keep commutes as reasonable (tough though when it comes to commuting in DC – between metro…

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Rural Broadband Providers Gather in Fargo…

Rural Broadband Providers Gather in Fargo…

Congressman Kevin Cramer (R-ND) joined our group for some send-off remarks prior to the close of our meeting this afternoon. Rep. Cramer has championed numerous letters to the FCC advocating for USF High-Cost support. He has also been a voice of sanity on the current frenzy in DC to allow overbuilding of broadband facilities supported by federal funds–with additional federal funds–(this strikes me as inefficient and a serious waste of government resources!) and even gave a shout-out to NTCA members for…

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I Can Think of Worse Things….

I Can Think of Worse Things….

With each generation, it’s impossible not to ponder the traits and values passed down from our parents (love my dad around the world but I’m delighted I got his loud laugh instead of his big ears!) and then to explore which traits we have passed along to our children (with hopes that they are the ones we like ourselves instead of sharing those traits that are more annoying…and I have a few!). Well, in our family, we certainly share a…

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Chairman Pai Responds to Congress’ Push for Action on Long-Term USF Budget Fix

Chairman Pai Responds to Congress’ Push for Action on Long-Term USF Budget Fix

In a terrific step forward for NTCA members and RLECs across the country, FCC Chairman Pai responded this week to the 130 Members of the House who wrote to him this May regarding their concerns on the persistent USF insufficiency. The Chairman replied that he aims “to circulate an order ensuring adequate and efficient funding for rural broadband deployment later this year.” He reviewed the steps that have already been taken, including devoting over $500 million to increasing broadband deployment…

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Stories from the Sho-Me States

Stories from the Sho-Me States

It seems that every time I come back to the Springfield/Branson area, there are more things hopping in the area. This time, I noticed that the airport has continued to turn itself from a sleepy commuter hub to a sleek, modern facility with more electric outlets than any I have seen in my recent travels. Never underestimate the power (no pun intended) or importance of airport outlets; I’ve been known to hang out in the O’Hare Airport bathrooms simply because…

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The Power of Data-Driven Marketing

The Power of Data-Driven Marketing

NTCA’s Rural Telecom magazine just ran a terrific story in its latest edition on the move to data as a key marketing tool for rural broadband providers. The ability to tap billing analysis and other data-driven strategies have really made it possible to bring more clarity and fine-tune marketing plans in addition to improving the customer experience and increasing the company’s ROI. Clearly, the days of mass marketing as a strategy are in the rearview mirror. Part of this evolution…

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A Critical Cyber Seat at the Table

A Critical Cyber Seat at the Table

Our nation’s Department of Homeland Security (DHS) will be convening critical discussions early this week when they convene their DHS National Cybersecurity Summit in New York City this Tuesday. As a kick-off to the summit, DHS is hosting a closed-door roundtable with about 20 CEOs from the financial, energy, IT and communications sectors. Their collective goal is to bring together government and private sector officials to lay out a vision for a defense model to protect our nation’s critical infrastructure…

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Here We Go….Time to Sharpen the Pencils to Comment on the Proposed RUS Broadband Pilot Program

Here We Go….Time to Sharpen the Pencils to Comment on the Proposed RUS Broadband Pilot Program

A few months ago, Congress acted on the importance of broadband connections with the realization that it will take resources to actually get the job done. That was certainly a step in the right direction. Next step? Getting out some thoughts on how that program should operate, who should participate and what type of incentives will be offered. I know that it’s kind of “cheating” but I thought there was a great deal of value in sharing exactly what USDA…

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