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White House Concludes Infrastructure Week

White House Concludes Infrastructure Week

While there were a number of exciting national developments in the news this week, NTCA–The Rural Broadband Association was particularly focused on the week having been designated as Infrastructure Week.  With numerous high level meetings and discussions, it was gratifying to hear that broadband is near the top of that list for many key policymakers. It was also a busy week for rural broadband policy, NTCA members and staff participated in several news opportunities, including a feature by RFD-TV about rural…

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Rules of the Road Matter – NTCA’s Stance on the Net Neutrality Proceedings

Rules of the Road Matter – NTCA’s Stance on the Net Neutrality Proceedings

Sometimes in all of the complex legal back-and-forth and incredibly heated rhetoric about Title I or Title II, the practical issues that created the net neutrality debates in the first place get lost in the shuffle. But, throughout these debates, NTCA has focused specifically on the practical – regardless of the basis for any regulation, the primary practical concern for NTCA has been and still is what can happen in the absence of any rules or regulatory framework at all….

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Proper Resetting of Open Internet Rules is Critical

Proper Resetting of Open Internet Rules is Critical

NTCA has been consistent on our drumbeat of urging policy makers to create clear rules of the road to ensure that the seamless flow of data between users and across networks of all kinds. Rural broadband providers know better than most – having lived through call completion failures in recent years – the result of rules not being clear or enforced. We had held out hope that the prior FCC might use Title II in a disciplined, light-touch manner merely…

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Net Neutrality Rules Stand

Net Neutrality Rules Stand

Today was a long-awaited day in the telecom circles as the United States Court of Appeals upheld the FCC’s net neutrality decision. NTCA has serious concerns about some of the ways in which the FCC has sought to expand and apply certain Title II regulations to broadband. Our hope is always that policies find a way to actually provide logical incentives and paths forward. At the same time, NTCA has also stressed the need for common sense rules of the…

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Cherry Blossoms and Telecom Policy

Cherry Blossoms and Telecom Policy

First, in the spirit of full disclosure, I didn’t take this beautiful picture—although I did try when my cab was whizzing by the Tidal Basin earlier today. The blossoms are just beginning their burst, and the skies are certainly a great deal grayer out here in our nation’s capital today. The fuss over Cherry Blossoms was noteworthy because I always forget what a mess the spectacle makes of D.C.’s already challenged traffic situation. Mike Romano and I found ourselves taking 40…

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Net Neutrality: What Is It and What Does It Mean for Rural Broadband?

Net Neutrality: What Is It and What Does It Mean for Rural Broadband?

Open Internet and net neutrality are terms that have put the communications industry and consumer groups in a tizzy, particularly following the recent vote on the FCC’s open Internet order just a few short weeks ago. Given the importance of the discussion, along with the complexity of it, NTCA has made an attempt to boil down a complicated issue by creating a fact sheet and an educational video that help to explain what network neutrality really is and what the new rules will…

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The Hottest Read in Town

The Hottest Read in Town

Yesterday morning, just as our team was in the airport getting ready to return from RTIME back to our office, the FCC released what has got to be the “hottest” read in town this week—the nearly 400-page Open Internet order. Thankfully, the email was received prior to us boarding our flights, but it was clear that our staff (and I) was busy downloading the document to provide airplane reading for the long trip home. A good spy novel might have…

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Big Day in D.C.

Big Day in D.C.

Today was a pretty big day on the D.C. activity front with an open meeting at the FCC that saw a historic vote on open Internet rules and on the FCC’s ability to pre-empt state laws on muni entry. Yesterday’s blog explained our thoughts on where we have been and where we are going on the net neutrality proceedings, but what we have found most entertaining has been the inability of the press to grasp nuanced policy positions that are…

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Net Neutrality: Looking Back and Getting Ready for Many Months Ahead

Net Neutrality: Looking Back and Getting Ready for Many Months Ahead

It’s big news in the telecom policy world (and even beyond) that the FCC is poised to vote this week on an order that would, if approved, fundamentally change the rules that govern broadband. Taking a step back, it’s interesting to see where we started and where we are now on the eve of this vote. First, where we started—when the federal court overruled the FCC’s net neutrality rules, we knew that this debate would consume much (all?) of the…

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Telco – Electric Summit a Success

Telco – Electric Summit a Success

Partnerships, leased arrangements, wholesale deals, management agreements and mergers….all of those were up for discussion at the summit hosted today by NTCA, NRTC, NISC and NRECA to discuss possible partnerships between community based telcos and rural electric utilities to bring broadband to unserved areas and to create synergies in rural development. The discussions focused on how to initiate the conversation, operationalizing the business, forming the partnerships (“show me the money”!) and what the existing regulatory challenges might be for business…

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