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Can Rural Utilities Work Together to Fill the Rural Broadband Void?

Can Rural Utilities Work Together to Fill the Rural Broadband Void?

Let’s be clear…there is A LOT of landmass in this great country of ours.  All you have to do is get on an airplane and whether your jaunt is a short hop or a long haul, you are flying over miles and miles of land with not a lot of people. NTCA members, community-based local broadband providers, cover about 37 percent of the landmass over the United States and that certainly feels like a lot when you’re driving from Sioux…

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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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E-Connectivity Listening Tour Kickoff

E-Connectivity Listening Tour Kickoff

Last week, we announced that NTCA-The Rural Broadband Association, along with the Farm Foundation, NRECA, CFC, and CoBank are partnering with the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to organize a series of listening sessions across the nation to gather insights into the tools that are needed to improve e-connectivity in rural America. Our first discussion will be held in Minnesota on June 19. This event will focus on hearing from rural stakeholders about the need for and positive solutions to…

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Part-ner-ship

Part-ner-ship

If you flip open the dictionary (or use the online version), the word “partnership” is described in many ways, but the main gist is generally “an association of two or more people or entities that conduct a business or pool money, skills and other resources and share profit and loss in accordance with the terms of their agreement.” I tend to prefer the synonyms noted along with the word “partnerships” like “cooperation,” “association,” “collaboration,” “coalition,” “alliance,” “relationship” and “connection.”  Those…

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One Last Catch-Up With Rural Utility Leaders

One Last Catch-Up With Rural Utility Leaders

With only a limited number of days left on the calendar for the year, my colleagues in the rural utility industry cleared time off of our schedules to find a common meeting space for lunch so we could compare notes as we wind down with 2017 and head into the New Year. Jim Matheson, head of NRECA (the electric coop association) and Sheldon Peterson, head of CFC/RTFC (a major lender to the rural utilities) and I met up in Tyson’s…

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Smart Rural Communities Can Lead The Way For Rural America

Smart Rural Communities Can Lead The Way For Rural America

  The Smart Rural Community (SRC) Collaboration Challenge, run by NTCA,  is an annual opportunity for rural broadband providers to obtain grants to deploy broadband-enabled solutions within their community. It encourages collaboration among community leaders to provide the best technologies. Allocated through fund-matching obligations in the program, it requires local communications providers to recruit the participation of other local leaders.  It’s an exciting, relatively new part of our SRC program and not only tells the story of innovation and collaboration…

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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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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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Preaching Partnering, Not Poaching

Preaching Partnering, Not Poaching

Heinz ketchup art?  Then I must be in Pittsburgh.  Indeed, I did a quick day trip to the ongoing NRECA (national electric cooperative association) meeting regional meeting in Pittsburgh where I was invited to be on a panel “Broadband: We’re All In This Together” along with CFC, NRTC, CoBank and NRECA.  No surprise that I was the voice of partnership and collaboration on the panel  and reminded folks in attendance (and the room was packed) that “if rural broadband were…

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