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New NTCA Leadership Selected for 2018

New NTCA Leadership Selected for 2018

Democracy is alive and well in the trade association world and NTCA’s membership just exercised their “right to vote” with elections for three open seats on the NTCA board of directors. This fall will see the departure of long time board member, former NTCA President and NE cooperative director, Jim Dauby.  Jim was part of the crew that hired me to return to NTCA 7 years ago and I was grateful to have his friendly and familiar face around the…

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Is This Heaven?

Is This Heaven?

Nope…it’s Iowa. However, this is what I saw as I drove the county highways last night between Sioux Falls, South Dakota and Sioux Center, Iowa: Yes, that is correct….black, dark, the white lines on the edge of the highway and few critters that thankfully stayed off the road. Google maps and I had a chat half way through the journey on whether or not she was really sending me to Iowa or North Dakota. But all was well and I…

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Rural Broadband Women Hit DC!

Rural Broadband Women Hit DC!

What a great group and a terrific advocacy adventure! Fifteen very cool, very accomplished women in the rural broadband industry traveled to Washington DC yesterday to interact with and support female policymakers. From Colorado to South Dakota, from Wisconsin to Kentucky – some of our fabulous RLEC leadership traveled in to help me host a few political events and to talk about the need to right-size the universal service fund to support sufficient broadband deployment. We started off the day…

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Leadership Lessons From George Washington

Leadership Lessons From George Washington

Like most people, I find myself getting caught up in the day-to-day and seldom take time for my own training and growth. However, I broke that cycle for a day on Friday. CEO Update, a leading trade association publication, partnered with Leading Authorities, a national speaker’s bureau to host a session for a relatively small group of CEOs who head up large trade associations. Given all that is going on in the association arena – as well as Washington DC…

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Telehealth Focus Yields Great Discussion

Telehealth Focus Yields Great Discussion

Senator Capito from West Virginia may have “been in the dark” in our ballroom today over at the Westin as we—and the Foundation for Rural Service as well as our Smart Rural Community program—hosted a session on telehealth, “Rural Health at a Digital Crossroads: Improving Care With Telehealth” at the conclusion of our TEPS conference. Her remarks were really filled with “the light” of how to elevate the technology and streamline the process to create new opportunities for rural communities….

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Talking Policy In D.C.

Talking Policy In D.C.

We kicked off our Telecom Executive Policy Summit here in D.C. today with 130 of our members from across the country coming to our nation’s capital to hear the latest post-election results and as we all ponder next steps with a new Congress and Administration. I had the chance to “interview” Commissioner Clyburn on her priorities for the year ahead as well as her take on the current status of FCC reforms. I found the Commissioner as open as she…

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Learning From History

Learning From History

While I don’t have the stomach (yet) to pay the per-ticket price that Hamilton tickets are going for on New York’s Broadway, I thoroughly enjoyed Ron Chernow’s biography that he had written a few years about one of our key founding fathers, upon which this hit show was based. In the spirit of often finding parallels in history, I was really struck by listening to some of the wonderful lyrics of Lin-Manuel Miranda’s in the rap musical and how applicable…

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Succession Planning, Leadership Training and the Worthy Investment It Is

Succession Planning, Leadership Training and the Worthy Investment It Is

Maybe it was hitting this stage of my life, of my career, of having young professional children of my own, or maybe it is the pace of the communications industry and our need as a trade association to think about how we help our members stay one step ahead. Maybe it was finding an impressive leadership trainer in interfacing with Meridith Powell during last year’s NTCA Regional Conferences. Whatever the reason, NTCA and our SMC operation have embarked on a…

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North Dakota Dreamin’

North Dakota Dreamin’

I do check the weather pretty consistently before I travel, and I am pretty sure that while I saw very cold temps for North Dakota (and chose to bring my big dog-walking parka instead of a “cute” D.C. coat), even I did not anticipate the near white-out conditions when I landed in Bismark, N.D., earlier today. I even think that some folks at David Crother’s NDATC were surprised to see me on the ground! I’m looking forward to sharing perspectives…

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What’s Not to Love About a Rural-Focused Entrepreneur?

What’s Not to Love About a Rural-Focused Entrepreneur?

Remember when NTCA met in Boston last year? One of our keynoters hit the stage and all 1,500 folks in the room thought for sure he was a college student who had lost his way to class at Harvard instead of a young entrepreneur from Nebraska. (He actually is still a college student, but in the warmer climate of Chapel Hill!) And most importantly, remember how he shared from the heart how he has built a business in his hometown…

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