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USDA Secretary Perdue Calls “Cutting Red Tape” Discussion

USDA Secretary Perdue Calls “Cutting Red Tape” Discussion

I was finally able to meet our new USDA Secretary Perdue today at his roundtable “rap session” that he and his team had pulled together for today to talk about how to cut red tape at USDA and “liberate America from bureaucracy.”  The Secretary reiterated the White House’s commitment to find ways to streamline processes and eliminate excess regulation in an effort to create jobs and generate economic growth.  All of that is good news for rural America if things…

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Rural Broadband Story Shared With Senate Ag

Rural Broadband Story Shared With Senate Ag

As if traveling east for the NTCA Fall Conference wasn’t disruptive enough for Denny Law, CEO of Golden West in South Dakota, Denny added another day to his schedule and traveled down to DC from Philly to be NTCA’s witness before the Senate Agriculture Committee this morning. This morning’s hearing “Rural Development and Energy Programs: Perspectives for the 2018 Farm Bill” was an excellent opportunity to highlight the importance of the RUS lending program as well as how – ideally –…

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A Ton of Topics Covered at Fall Conference!

A Ton of Topics Covered at Fall Conference!

Just jumped on the NE Regional train heading back to DC after a few really excellent days in Philadelphia for NTCA’s Fall Conference.  A little tired but really pleased with the level of engagement from our membership, the full rooms for all of the sessions and the number of questions that were raised as folks pondered FCC activity, Capitol Hill advocacy, partnership possibilities, the role of fiber in 5G deployments, competitive workplace culture shifts, moving from a processing to selling…

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What A Week It Was….

What A Week It Was….

So much going on these days….Mike Dolezal, CEO of Range Telecom in Montana came out to DC this week and presented on behalf of NTCA to the Senate Dems Rural Summit on the importance of rural broadband.  Not only did Mike do a terrific job, but he also had a an opportunity to connect with Senator Jon Tester from his home state. I journeyed on to Maine to meet with the Telecommunications Association of Maine and join them in their…

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Welcoming Commissioner Carr

Welcoming Commissioner Carr

Tomorrow was the first day of school here in Virginia and the last few weeks likely have felt like the beginning of a school year as well for new FCC Commissioner Brendan Carr who Mike Romano and I went over to visit with yesterday and introduced him to NTCA and our rural broadband membership.  You can always tell when a commissioner is new to their post by the lack of furniture and “stuff” in their office but I loved that…

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Got to Love Sioux Falls!

Got to Love Sioux Falls!

I am traveling back from the Regional Conference in Sioux Falls, South Dakota this week.  The location is ideal given the key leadership role that Senator Thune, local boy gone to Washington, has played in communications policy and his continued active engagement in meeting the challenge of rural broadband deployment.  One of the things I love about this region is that the turn-out is as strong as it is for our “more tropical” locations for these meetings in the Southeast….

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Create Your Own Action Plan for Rural Broadband Month

Create Your Own Action Plan for Rural Broadband Month

As I shared yesterday, rural broadband now has its own month of celebration, attention, focus thanks to the FCC’s decree, so NTCA will do our part to keep the celebration going all month long!  What’s not to love about a recognition of how critical rural broadband infrastructure is to the economic development, public safety, education, healthcare and quality of life? Our fabulous team here at NTCA will do their best to keep our members…and policymakers…and interested parties engaged on 1) why broadband is…

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Talking Rural Broadband with USDA

Talking Rural Broadband with USDA

USDA was hopping today with a meeting on rural prosperity down one end of a hallway and a meeting that Tom Wacker and I had with Anne Hazlett, the new Rural Development Assistant to the Secretary down another. We were also joined in the meeting by Jannine Miller who has joined USDA as the Senior Advisor for Rural Infrastructure and between the four of us, could have spent three hours instead of just the one talking about rural broadband. Hazlett…

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Capitol Hill is Busy, Chairman Thune Hits the Key Question

Capitol Hill is Busy, Chairman Thune Hits the Key Question

Given the need that our young (and youngest) generations have for broadband and speedy access and connectivity—for school, research, job searches and making our world a more global one for the next generation, it was fitting that Brent Christensen, the state executive for Minnesota Telecom Alliance and vice president of Christensen Communications Co., brought his grandson out to be part of the Minnesota lobbying crew that hit the Hill yesterday. Seriously, I am certain that this young gentleman had his own…

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The Face Behind the Voice

The Face Behind the Voice

NTCA’s very own SVP of Industry Affairs and Business Development Michael Romano testified today before the House Committee on Small Business Subcommittee on Agriculture, Energy and Trade at their hearing on “Improving Broadband Deployment: Solutions for Rural America”.  It was certainly a week for these discussions and Mike was the perfect “clean up batter” and voice on the topic for the rural broadband industry with his testimony. Mike shared that providing robust, scalable and sustainable broadband in rural areas is…

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