Browsed by
Category: Collaborations & Innovations

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…

Read More Read More

Smart Rural Community Field Trip to Maine With Senator and Commissioner

Smart Rural Community Field Trip to Maine With Senator and Commissioner

You can tell that you’re in Maine when most of the traffic on the highway alongside you are caravans of logging trucks!  After a journey across the country on Tuesday night, I knew that my last stop was Portland, Maine because I was the only person boarding the place in the Detroit Metro airport who did not have hiking boots and a backpack on.  I was a tad jealous! Josh Seidemann, our Smart Rural Community (SRC) guru,  and I met up…

Read More Read More

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….

Read More Read More

FirstNet Update and Call for Action

FirstNet Update and Call for Action

The First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) announced March 30, 2017, that it had reached an agreement with AT&T to build, operate, and maintain the nationwide public safety broadband network (NPSBN). That announcement was huge and finally unleashed the opportunity for carriers to act to ensure that their assets and interests were at the table.  AT&T is off and running. The project is moving quickly; as AT&T begins deploying the network this fall, it is important to ensure rural telecom providers seek…

Read More Read More

“Make the Dirt Talk”

“Make the Dirt Talk”

What a treat it was on Friday to reconnect with Billy Tiller, former board member for Five Area Telephone Cooperative in Muleshoe, Texas, who served on the board when he was right out of school for 12 years – during some really informative times in this industry. Billy then went on to not only run a large ranch in Texas, but he also started AgPro Exchange, a company that uses data to manage agriculture interests in the 21st Century.  With…

Read More Read More

Former Chairman Wheeler Resurfaces

Former Chairman Wheeler Resurfaces

I spent much of Monday afternoon at the headquarters for NRECA, the rural electric cooperative’s trade association, breaking bread over lunch with their board of directors and then having the opportunity to address their board on what NTCA member broadband providers are up to and why there is some possible synergy to partnerships between NTCA and NRECA members to better serve the unserved and underserved areas in the electric coop territories that have been deserted by some of the largest…

Read More Read More

Virtual Living Rooms to Become a Reality

Virtual Living Rooms to Become a Reality

I could not have been more excited when I got the call from Keith Gabbard, CEO of PRTC in McKee, Kentucky sharing with us that after over a year of noodling, talking, collaborating and planning, he had the VA officials from Lexington show up in his town yesterday to ink the agreement to work together on using telemedicine, PRTC’s network and the local library to create a Virtual Living Room (VLR) space to allow for the healthcare support of veterans…

Read More Read More

Broadband Match.com is Launched!

Broadband Match.com is Launched!

It literally has taken a village, but I could not be more excited about the paths that we are looking to create and the partners we have at our side as we all launched the effort today to promote collaboration in rural broadband deployment.  Whether working with neighboring rural electric cooperatives who are not served by NTCA’s independent broadband providers or local communities also left out of the digital divide by large providers who are not interested in providing the…

Read More Read More

White House Innovation

White House Innovation

President Trump recently announced the creation of the establishment of the White House Office of American Innovation (OAI) and that this initiative will be headed up by Jared Kushner. Taking advantage of that open door, NTCA immediately sent a letter to Jared Kushner, Senior Advisor to the President, to share our perspective. Those of you who know me, know that I am all about sharing! On behalf of our more than 800 small business communications network operators, we quickly took advantage…

Read More Read More

“Give a man a fish and feed him for a day…teach him to fish and feed him for a lifetime”

“Give a man a fish and feed him for a day…teach him to fish and feed him for a lifetime”

We’re pretty much all familiar with the wise proverb, “You give a man a fish and you feed him for a day; you teach him to fish and you feed him for a lifetime?” That same adage can apply pretty powerfully to the power of broadband in rural communities. NTCA member telcos have been working tirelessly to promote rural broadband networks and broadband-enabled applications in their communities. With the Smart Rural Community (SRC) Showcase Award, they have the opportunity to…

Read More Read More