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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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Sharing the Importance of Having Rules of the Road With Congress

Sharing the Importance of Having Rules of the Road With Congress

Yesterday, the House and Senate held consecutive hearings on proposed net-neutrality legislation principles released ahead of pending FCC activity. While the questions at the hearing were an interesting mix from the legislative panels, it was a relief to have a good mix of Members of Congress who raised concerns on not just what was in the legislation, but what was not noted specifically and how that might be construed. Today, Scott Lively, Mike Romano and I had the opportunity to…

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It’s About More Than Kitty Cats!

It’s About More Than Kitty Cats!

I had coffee today with a friend of mine at the FCC and while we really didn’t talk touch much on the FCC’s business at hand, she had mentioned the new display of cardboard “kitty cats” that was set up by protestors in the small grassy area adjacent to the FCC. I am sure that my face had that same quizzical look that Cassie sometimes gives when she crosses something she’s unfamiliar with yet intrigued by. My friend graciously noted that she…

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Heating Up on Net Neutrality

Heating Up on Net Neutrality

Our Senior Vice President of Policy Mike Romano and I spent the day on Capitol Hill and at the FCC talking to policy-types about the action heating up on net neutrality with the FCC poised to take action in early February and Capitol Hill in hot pursuit. So many important questions on how Title II is handled and impacts on networks and USF, as we stay focused on ensuring that “rules of the road” are established and maintained to ensure reasonable interconnection between…

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Talking Pension Plans While the President Talks Open Internet

Talking Pension Plans While the President Talks Open Internet

I’m down in Florida ( and thankfully not in Fargo this week!) with our hardworking trustees for the R&S Program and Savings Plan. We had a productive but long day working through the assets and investment strategy and analyzing the future trends in pension and savings plan options. I always admire how hard our volunteer trustees work on behalf of their peers to ensure the best for our benefits program. It was also interesting watching all of the posturing with…

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Finding Points in Common

Finding Points in Common

Mike Romano and I had the chance to catch up today with Chip Pickering, head of Comptel, and Angie Kronenberg, chief advocate and general counsel for Comptel, to compare notes on a number of key topics, including net neutrality, interconnection and next steps on USF reform. Chip and Angie have a deep and rich history in the communications policy arena, and I welcome the opportunity to work with both of them. Chip was gracious enough to invite me down to…

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Push for 2015: Next Steps for Key Regulatory Matters

Push for 2015: Next Steps for Key Regulatory Matters

Labor Day has come and gone, and it’s time for Washington, D.C., to get back to business. Congress will be back in session for what could be just a few short weeks (It’s going to be a wild midterm election season, and members of Congress will be anxious to get back to their districts. Let’s just hope they approve spending bills before they leave!), and the FCC is considering further action on a number of key issues that impact rural…

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NTCA Weighs In on Net Neutrality

NTCA Weighs In on Net Neutrality

There is no third rail on telecom policy quite like net neutrality. All a pundit needs to do is throw the term out in a policy conversation, and the topic is immediately hijacked. The best part is the concept of net neutrality is like the elephant and the four blind men—everyone sees what they want to see depending on the part of the elephant they are touching. I think few have said it better than NTCA’s Senior Vice President of Policy, Mike…

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C2H: The New FCC Health Care/Broadband Task Force

C2H: The New FCC Health Care/Broadband Task Force

Josh Seidemann and I met today with the leadership of the FCC’s newest task force, Connect2Health, which focuses on the use of broadband in health care delivery. The day got off to a rocky start with street protests in front of the FCC for its open meeting regarding the proposal of new net neutrality rules, but the drama had died down long before Josh and I arrived at the front door. (Kind of sorry to miss that kind of excitement that is seldom…

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FCC Moves Forward With Next Steps on Net Neutrality

FCC Moves Forward With Next Steps on Net Neutrality

FCC Chairman Wheeler announced today that in the Verizon v. FCC decision, the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia invited the commission to act to preserve a free and open Internet. Wheeler stated that he intends to accept that invitation by proposing rules that will meet the court’s test for preventing improper blocking of and discrimination among Internet traffic, ensuring transparency and enhancing competition. The NTCA Industry Committee has composed a working group of members to work through the priorities of…

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