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Politics Is in the Air

Politics Is in the Air

I know, I know it’s impossible to turn on the television and NOT realize that it’s political season in rare and early spring bloom, but in the spirit that politics can be local, we’ve had a few candidates running for Congress drop by the NTCA headquarters to chat about their platform and why they would be a strong voice for rural telecommunications in Congress. We had a candidate in from Michigan today, running for the seat in the Upper Peninsula,…

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Foundation for Rural Service Ends the Year by Awarding Grants

Foundation for Rural Service Ends the Year by Awarding Grants

Tis the giving season, so how appropriate to have our Foundation for Rural Service (FRS) making some end-of-year grant awards that continue to reinforce the foundation’s mission of supporting rural America and rural communities. I just got off the phone from a call with our team, along with the office of the White House Rural Council, talking about some next steps for working together on telemedicine initiatives so it was fitting that one of the FRS grants went to the Graham…

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AT&T and Google Fiber Duke It Out

AT&T and Google Fiber Duke It Out

It was my favorite Saturday morning routine: Drinking my cup of coffee and reading the newspaper end-to-end before taking Cassie for a walk. Last weekend, one of the articles that caught my eye was about the current battle between AT&T and Google Fiber as they race to expand their gig networks across the country—to cities like Detroit, Memphis and San Francisco. It appears that as soon as one corporate entity announces buildout plans, the other answers the challenge. Obviously these…

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A Journal: ‘Day Tripping’ With Commissioner Rosenworcel

A Journal: ‘Day Tripping’ With Commissioner Rosenworcel

7 a.m. It’s bright and early (ok, maybe more foggy than bright) as I head to Reagan National Airport to begin the day of taking Commissioner Rosenworcel and her top legal adviser out to see some of rural America. It was kind of an odd experience heading to the airport without any luggage, and I am certain that I’ll be wondering all daylong why I feel like I’m missing something. But off to find my coffee and hopefully the Rosenworcel…

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Topics of the Day: Smart Agriculture and Call Completion

Topics of the Day: Smart Agriculture and Call Completion

Smart agriculture and the role that broadband plays in delivering new technologies was the discussion of the day  up on Capitol Hill as our Foundation for Rural Service and NTCA’s Smart Rural Community programs hosted a summit, “Smart Agriculture: Broadband Technology at Our Nation’s Farms.” Mark Lewellen, manager of spectrum advocacy for John Deere, gave a technical demonstration of how connected farms are today and how much more connectivity will be needed in the future. I loved that Mark received numerous…

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The Message Continues …

The Message Continues …

The 114th Congress was sworn in this week, and this week’s edition of Politico kicked off in fine fashion with a profile of the new Congress. Our fabulous communications team was on the ball and quickly grabbed the back cover of the magazine to publish our message “Rural Broadband: Solutions Oriented, Community Based.” It  highlights how community-based telecommunications providers have been moving rural America forward for several decades with advanced networks that today provide access to high-speed Internet, video and voice…

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NTCA Unveils Smart Rural Community Collaboration Challenge

NTCA Unveils Smart Rural Community Collaboration Challenge

This has been a busy few weeks for our Smart Rural Community initiative. Last week, the White House and this week we announced a new program titled Collaboration Challenge, which will be an opportunity for rural broadband providers to obtain up to $5,000 to deploy broadband-enabled solutions for economic development, education, energy, health care, public safety and other community-oriented initiatives. Applications for this exciting challenge will be due January 31, 2015. That’s plenty of time to be doing some noodling…

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Telling the Smart Rural Community Story to the White House

Telling the Smart Rural Community Story to the White House

What an amazing opportunity we had today to share with the White House the story of NTCA members’ Smart Rural Communities.  We were honored to have been invited by the White House Rural Council to celebrate the Smart Rural Community (SRC) initiative that we kicked off in 2012 and to have the opportunity to share that moment with a number of our members who received SRC designations over the past two years. It was a great time celebrating the broadband future that our…

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Another Out-of-the-Box Discussion

Another Out-of-the-Box Discussion

We’re wrapping it up here in beautiful Missoula with a thanks to our gracious hosts for the meeting, Blackfoot Telecom. The Northwest Regional Conference ended with “Out-of-the-Box Thinking Is Out-of-the-Box Doing,” one of my favorite discussions pulled together by our Associate Member Advisory Council. Once again, I was not disappointed. Today’s discussion featured two telco CEOs, Dave Dengel from Copper Valley Telephone in Alaska and Bruce Todd from STRATA Networks in Utah, talking about their operations and ensuing culture changes over…

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So Many Reasons and Ways That Rural Libraries and Rural Broadband Providers Can Work Together

So Many Reasons and Ways That Rural Libraries and Rural Broadband Providers Can Work Together

We hosted Marijke Visser with the American Library Association (ALA) today at our office for the latest episode of our “Broadband Beats With Shirley Bloomfield” video series. We had a great conversation about the role that libraries play in improving the quality of life in rural America. It makes sense when you think about it: libraries have historically been one of the hubs of information in a community, regardless of the size, and are a wealth of resources. It did make me reflect on…

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