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National Farmers Day

National Farmers Day

October 12 was National Farmers Day and it recalled for me the time an NTCA member was making a passionate plea with a Hill staffer on the role that broadband plays in rural America and how that use of technology  feeds into a more robust agriculture economy.  He was stopped in his tracks when the staffer informed him that most of what he was saying was irrelevant because food actually comes from a store. Hmmmm.  It sounds like there is…

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Continuing USF Discussions With Commissioner O’Rielly

Continuing USF Discussions With Commissioner O’Rielly

I’m few days behind but Mike Romano and I had a very productive meeting last week over at the FCC with Commissioner O’Rielly, who has been key the past few years in the development and formulation of next steps to go on the USF front.  I was really grateful to hear the Commissioner’s recent remarks where he noted that in spite of all of the work on USF reform done to date, there was still more work to do.  Working…

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A Ton of Topics Covered at Fall Conference!

A Ton of Topics Covered at Fall Conference!

Just jumped on the NE Regional train heading back to DC after a few really excellent days in Philadelphia for NTCA’s Fall Conference.  A little tired but really pleased with the level of engagement from our membership, the full rooms for all of the sessions and the number of questions that were raised as folks pondered FCC activity, Capitol Hill advocacy, partnership possibilities, the role of fiber in 5G deployments, competitive workplace culture shifts, moving from a processing to selling…

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Talking Broadband in the Land of Oz with Chairman Pai

Talking Broadband in the Land of Oz with Chairman Pai

Kudos to SITA and the rural broadband providers in Kansas (and most notably Stacy Simmer) who organized an amazing Broadband Summit here today in Wichita, Kansas that not only drew members of the Kansas Congressional delegation but also Chairman Pai from the FCC.  With a room filled with not only these key providers but also with economic development experts, local officials and digital entrepreneurs, conversations ranged from “how to” strategies to laying out the challenges and opportunities in the rural…

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Commissioner O’Rielly Hopes For Fast FCC Action On USF Punchlist And Thoughtful On Funding

Commissioner O’Rielly Hopes For Fast FCC Action On USF Punchlist And Thoughtful On Funding

And so does NTCA.  That’s why we were so pleased to hear this week the Commissioner’s remarks noting that “Since the order was released, I continue to hear from providers and associations that the rate-of-return framework is sound and not unduly complicated.  At the same time, providers and their associations identified a handful of technical matters…as promised, I have pressed FCC staff from the very start to quickly address any legitimate issues that have arisen.”  That is certainly good news…

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What A Week It Was….

What A Week It Was….

So much going on these days….Mike Dolezal, CEO of Range Telecom in Montana came out to DC this week and presented on behalf of NTCA to the Senate Dems Rural Summit on the importance of rural broadband.  Not only did Mike do a terrific job, but he also had a an opportunity to connect with Senator Jon Tester from his home state. I journeyed on to Maine to meet with the Telecommunications Association of Maine and join them in their…

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Welcoming Commissioner Carr

Welcoming Commissioner Carr

Tomorrow was the first day of school here in Virginia and the last few weeks likely have felt like the beginning of a school year as well for new FCC Commissioner Brendan Carr who Mike Romano and I went over to visit with yesterday and introduced him to NTCA and our rural broadband membership.  You can always tell when a commissioner is new to their post by the lack of furniture and “stuff” in their office but I loved that…

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August, Rural Broadband Month at the FCC Wraps Up

August, Rural Broadband Month at the FCC Wraps Up

While it would have made more sense for me to share FCC Chairman Pai’s blog on Rural Broadband Month at the FCC approximately 30 days ago, late is certainly better than never.  I think there is a real value to hearing in the Chairman’s own words, his thoughts on rural broadband and his reasons for elevating the discussion and hopefully continuing his quest, along with his fellow commissioners, for a solution!   FCC Chair Ajit Pai announces… I’m pleased to…

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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…

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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….

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