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Exciting News as the FCC Releases a Proposal to Promote Rural Broadband Deployment

Exciting News as the FCC Releases a Proposal to Promote Rural Broadband Deployment

Today was a fabulous way to start the second week of the new year with the heads up that a draft order, recon order and notice of proposed rulemaking is now circulating among the FCC commissioners to address Universal Service Fund shortfalls and would address in part NTCA’s petition for reconsideration on sufficiency issues. This action is extremely critical and timely given that the high-cost Universal Service Fund (USF) is foundational to any effort to promote and sustain rural broadband…

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Exciting Day for Rural Prosperity in Nashville

Exciting Day for Rural Prosperity in Nashville

I had a wonderful opportunity to travel to Nashville today to join with a number of our Rebuild Rural coalition allies in hearing directly from the President about his objectives for rural prosperity in the wake of a report presented to him by a task force chaired by Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue.  We are deeply grateful to the President, the Secretary, and the many leaders and staffers throughout this administration for their commitment to rural America, and the recommendations captured…

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Is NTCA Fighting 24/7 for USF Funding? You Bet!

Is NTCA Fighting 24/7 for USF Funding? You Bet!

I had a very active, engaged and proactive member contact me today on an industry issue and in the course of the exchange, asked if NTCA is doing anything in regards to high cost USF support for both cost-based members as well as our ACAM companies – and while it made me a little sad that we have yet to find the “magic bullet” of communications to show all of our members what we have been up to on the…

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A Day At USDA

A Day At USDA

Today I had the pleasure of meeting with USDA to talk about infrastructure plans for 2018. Check out my short vlog to see what we discussed. Our terrific, media savvy team has encouraged me to do more vblogs but I clearly have a comfort zone of my own which includes showing more of the USDA headquarters building than my face as well as finding a quiet spot to do this….however, I still had pre-holiday DC tourists basically looking at me…

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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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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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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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Save Local Media Efforts

Save Local Media Efforts

It’s sometimes hard to pick up the trade press or even local newspapers and see the continued push for consolidation.  While I am a big fan of synergies and finding ways to achieve scope and scale, I also see the real, authentic value of local providers – of any service.  Someone who knows and cares about the local community and has a vested interest in finding ways to serve their neighbors.  It’s really not the best analogy but for the…

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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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