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Worry More about the Grid With Storms Pending – Then Let’s Talk More About Partnerships!

Worry More about the Grid With Storms Pending – Then Let’s Talk More About Partnerships!

There has been so much talk in D.C. (and in the field) about the future of rural broadband and who is going to build it. I know for a fact that NTCA members have done a yeoman job on extending rural networks, building fiber into areas of the country they serve, and crafting federal and state policies that will allow them to edge out even further into the adjoining areas that have gone unserved by other providers. Electric co-ops have been…

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Lending for the Future

Lending for the Future

CoBank annually holds a meeting to gather communications executives across the country to hear from an amazing array of speakers who share their insights on current and historical issues and perspectives.  Finding time to attend a meeting that I don’t need to attend or is not an NTCA meeting feels like an extravagance but given all that is going on in the industry and seeking to get a beat on what our friends in the lending community are hearing, it…

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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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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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NTCA and Government Leaders Discuss Broadband in the Field

NTCA and Government Leaders Discuss Broadband in the Field

The E-Connectivity tour 2.0 took place in Minnesota yesterday! Michael Daniels from our NTCA team was on the ground as several NTCA folks and friends shared stories around the importance of broadband deployment and how partnerships can be a component in extending the rural broadband reach even farther. Kristi Westbrock, CEO and GM for The Consolidated Telephone Company (CTC) in Minnesota, a company known for creatively pulling together broadband partnerships, highlighted the work they are doing with one of their…

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E-Connectivity Kicks Off in Minnesota

E-Connectivity Kicks Off in Minnesota

Update: 6/20/18: The recorded event is available online: www.youtube.com/thefarmfoundation Creating opportunities for people living in rural America to have reliable access to robust broadband services drives the work of NTCA and its member companies. As such, NTCA, the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the Farm Foundation and other industry stakeholders, will host the listening session, “What’s on the Horizon for E-Connectivity in Rural America?,” Tuesday, June 19 at 9:00–11:30 a.m. Central. The event, to be held in Faribault, Minn., will also be livestreamed online. I hope many…

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Congress Putting Their Actions Into Words

Congress Putting Their Actions Into Words

Today was a big day for those advocating for continued broadband deployment across rural America as 193 members of Congress (194 if you include Sen. Joni Ernst’s letter) reached out to the FCC to address the long-term budget sufficiency of the Universal Service Fund (USF) High-Cost program. This is a critical and necessary step in continuing to close the digital divide (and the urban-rural divide) that is often cited by Chairman Pai as one of his top priorities. The USF…

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Rural Gig Going Strong – 150 Rural Providers Recognized Strong!

Rural Gig Going Strong – 150 Rural Providers Recognized Strong!

As community-based technology providers, NTCA members know that a key part of their business model is to stay on the edge of what’s next and what consumers need. That is one reason why so many RLECs in our family have taken the plunge and leap of faith to bring gigabit broadband—delivering internet speeds up to 100 times faster than those currently available in many U.S. households—to their communities. Google Fiber has folks in awe but honestly, bringing gig services to…

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Chairman Pai Speaks to the USF Budget Control

Chairman Pai Speaks to the USF Budget Control

Earlier this week, USAC came out with the new budget control mechanism, part of the requirement under the FCC Rate of Return Reform Order.  To remain within the annual rate of return budget, USAC has to apply the FCC Budget Control Mechanism methodology to reduce the anticipated USF support for the coming year.  Sigh.  This is one of those pieces of the Reform Order that has flown right in the face of the cost based carriers needs for certainty and…

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